Factual Entertainment

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 Gogglebox, ground-breaking social experiments like Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, immersive presenter-led journeys like 60 Days On The Streets, and popular documentaries like Grand Designs. What 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: rmartin@channel4.co.uk

 

What we’re looking for

We want ideas that will generate distinctive content, and stories we haven’t seen before. What will test and reveal character in new and worthwhile ways, as The Island With Bear Grylls and Married At First Sight do?

We also want broad, dramatic ways to address important issues of the day, such as My Week As A Muslim and 60 Days On The Street.

And finally, we are always looking for popular documentary ideas – whether for series, like £1 House, or stand-out one-offs like A Very British Brothel.

60 Days on the Streets

Returnable Formats

We are looking for the next generation of returnable hits – whatever they might be. The current slate includes shows as diverse as The Undateables and Travel Man and Naked Attraction, sitting alongside Hunted and The Island with Bear Grylls. What do you think the TV landscape 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.

 

Reality Competitions

After a long post-Big Brother hiatus, last year we 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? What precincts should we be immersing in next? How can we reimagine ways we live, like Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds?

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. 

Celebrity Hunted

Popular documentaries

In the ob-doc space, we want more ideas for broad, accessible series such as £1 House, or A Very British Country House. And we always want standout singles, from shock docs like The Sex Robots Are Coming that can play at 10pm, to pop docs like 21 Kids And Counting 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

SENIOR TEAM ASSISTANT: Kate O'Bryan

020 7306 6912

alawrie@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Ian Dunkley

GENRE ASSISTANT: Amy Menzies

020 7306 3614

idunkley@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Gilly Greenslade

GENRE ASSISTANT: Amy Menzies

020 7306 3614

ggreenslade@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Becky Cadman

GENRE ASSISTANT: Amy Menzies

020 7306 3614

bcadman@channel4.co.uk

Commissioning Editor: Lee McMurray

GENRE ASSISTANT: Amy Menzies

020 7306 3614

lmcmurray@channel4.co.uk

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Rachel Martin

CONTACT:

020 7306 3748

rmartin@channel4.co.uk

SENIOR TEAM ASSISTANT: Kate O'Bryan

CONTACT:

020 7306 6912

kobryan@channel4.co.uk

GENRE ASSISTANT: Amy Menzies

CONTACT:

020 7306 3614

amenzies@channel4.co.uk