E4 is stepping into the world of Bristol-based dance crew and reigning world hip-hop champions, the Dark Angels in Breaking Bristol (W/T), as they fight to achieve what no others have ever done - defend their UK title and win back-to-back gold medals at the National Dance Championships.
In this new 6x60’ factual series for E4 produced by Proper Content, we dive headfirst into the intimate personal stories of the 30 strong dance troupe, who juggle full time jobs or education with their passion for dance. Bound by strong friendships and the familiarity of growing up in the tightknit community of Knowle West, we’ll follow their ambitious journey through the season and onwards to Bournemouth and the UK Championships, as they dance for their lives to defend their title and solidify their impact in their small South Bristol town, where everyone knows everyone.
In a competitive and cutthroat world, comradery and friendship is key and this ambitious team are as close as they come. There’s hard work and there’s laughter too, and the close bond with their head coach and mentor Charlie and his just as committed wife Steph, helps these dancers come to life as they perform mind-blowing routines amid tough training regimes designed to keep them at the top. Together the Angels are able to balance relationships, family, school and work, with their dreams of world dance domination and one day turning professional.
Harjeet Chhokar, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Factual said: “We are joining the Dark Angels as they live through a year like no other, battling to retain their title and win back to back gold medals, a feat no other team has achieved, whist handling the day to day challenges of sometimes turbulent lives. This series is real and relatable, it has light, gloss and flair and some irresistible dancing talent. We’re really excited for E4 viewers to get hooked into this brand-new factual offering - Breaking Bristol (w/t).”
David DeHaney, Creative Director at Proper Content said: “We're excited to follow the Dark Angels through a season like no other as they emerge from life with restrictions and navigate the new reality with major competitions to win along the way. The series promises laughter and tears as we root for the Angels, hoping they win in life and dance.”
Breaking Bristol W/T is produced by Proper Content and will be exec produced by David DeHaney. It was commissioned by Channel 4 Factual Commissioning Editor, Harjeet Chhokar and Head of Youth and Digital, Karl Warner. It will air on E4 in 2022.
Breaking Bristol W/T has been supported by the government funded Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), which is managed by the BFI and supports the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences.