Factual Entertainment

The Formats department have recently been merged into Factual Entertainment and a new brief will be issued soon. You can find our previous Factual Entertainment brief below.

Factual Entertainment aims to explore both us and our world in a vivid, entertaining way. Our primetime shows have scale, and aim to grab viewers with their ambition, whilst engaging them with compelling narratives.

Our department is home to a vast range of programming, from highly constructed formats to observational documentary. We commission bold, audacious constructs like Hunted, Married At First Sight and The British Tribe Next Door, ground-breaking social experiments like The School That Tried To End Racism and 60 Days On The Streets, presenter-led popular formats like Grand Designs and Travel Man, and pop docs like The Mum Who Got Tourettes, and Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop FloorWhat unites most of our output is character-driven story-telling, and a desire to reach a broad audience.

If you would like a copy of our most up to date brief, with details on what we specifically need now, please email: amenzies@channel4.co.uk or mshaw@channel4.co.uk

 

What we’re looking for

Returnable Formats

We are looking for the next generation of returnable hits at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm – whatever they might be. The current slate includes shows as diverse as The Undateables and Travel Man and Naked Attraction, sitting alongside Hunted and Married At First Sight. What do you think the TV landscape is missing, that might draw an audience? It could be anything from a whittle, to a studio format, to a genre-busting flash of inspiration ala Gogglebox.

60 Days on the Streets

Reality Competitions

After a long post-Big Brother hiatus, we have returned to stripped reality with The Circle. We continue to seek fresh new big reality ideas that could play in volume either on Channel 4 or E4 – either stripped or weekly. What would be a simple but distinctive big new idea in this crowded space?

Social Experiments, Event TV, and Presenter-Led Journeys

What are the issues of the day we should be addressing – and how can we tackle them in character-driven, dramatic ways? Smuggled was an edge-of-the-seat investigation of our border security. What precincts should we be immersing in next? How can we bring audiences to difficult but important issues, as The Write Offs did with the problem of adult literacy?

We would also love to commission more joyous event TV or stunts with scale involving celebrities. We’ve had The Jump, we have Celebrity Hunted. What is the next big idea? 

And we are always looking for authored pieces by big names – whether as singles or potentially series – such as the brilliantly opinionated Kathy Burke’s All Women.

 

Celebrity Hunted

Popular documentaries

In the ob-doc space, we want more ideas for broad, accessible series such as Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor, or Walking With Elephants. And we always want standout singles, from docs like A Very British Sex Shop that can play at 10pm, to titles like The Mum Who Got Tourettes that play at 9pm. 

Friday Nights

We need more long-running format ideas for Friday nights, to complement Gogglebox and Friday Night Feast. Tonally, they need to have the right spirit of fun to launch into the week-end. 

E4

We currently make Sex Clinic for E4. We are looking for more self-contained formats that could potentially play at scale, whilst revealing something truthful about young people today in a highly entertaining way.

We are also searching for distinctive, flagship reality ideas.

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Head of Factual Entertainment: Alf Lawrie

based in London

SENIOR TEAM ASSISTANT: Kate O'Bryan

alawrie@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Becky Cadman (Maternity Leave)

based in London

GENRE ASSISTANT: Rhiannon Lewis

bcadman@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Ian Dunkley

based in London

GENRE ASSISTANT: Rhiannon Lewis

idunkley@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Daniel Fromm

based in Bristol

GENRE ASSISTANT: Rhiannon Lewis

dfromm@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Gilly Greenslade

based in London

GENRE ASSISTANT: Rhiannon Lewis

ggreenslade@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Tim Hancock

based in London

SENIOR TEAM ASSISTANT: Kate O'Bryan

thancock@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Lee McMurray

based in London

GENRE ASSISTANT: Rhiannon Lewis

lmcmurray@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Vivienne Molokwu

based in London

SENIOR TEAM ASSISTANT: Kate O'Bryan

vmolokwu@channel4.co.uk

Assistant Editor: Rachel Martin (Maternity Leave)

based in London

CONTACT: 020 7306 3748

rmartin@channel4.co.uk

Programme Coordinator: Michelle Shaw

based in London

mshaw@channel4.co.uk

Senior Team Assistant: Kate O'Bryan

based in London

CONTACT: 020 7306 6912

kobryan@channel4.co.uk

Interim Production Coordinator: Amy Menzies

based in London

CONTACT: 020 7306 3614

amenzies@channel4.co.uk

Genre Assistant: Rhiannon Lewis

based in London

CONTACT: 020 7306 1059

rhlewis@channel4.co.uk