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Channel 4 embeds legacy of The Black To Front Project with more new commissions and targets

Channel 4 embeds legacy of The Black To Front Project

Channel 4 has added Unapologetic and Crazy Rich… to its list of commissions which have come about as a direct result of its award-winning The Black to Front Project.

The ground-breaking day last September saw Channel 4’s entire programming schedule fronted by Black talent and contributors across all genres and advertisements, with the aim of amplifying Black voices in TV to reflect the diverse and vibrant culture of the UK.

Zeze Millz and Yinka Bokinni, pictured above left to right, will front a further six episodes of late night topical talk show Unapologetic (produced by SBTV and Cardiff Productions). It was previously recommissioned following its successful outing during The Black To Front Project.

In Crazy Rich… (w/t produced by Rumpus Media) Eddie Kadi (featured in Celebrity Gogglebox during The Black To Front Project) will act as a tour guide to show a famous comedian mate a side of Ghana that is seldom seen, and it’s a world of wealth, extravagance and exclusivity.

The broadcaster announced last month that The Big Breakfast (produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios) will get a summer run, reviving the award-winning partnership of hosts AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan which was first seen as part The Black to Front Project special episode. In addition, The Defenders (w/t Spring Films) and Billionaires’ Paradise (Spun Gold) were also commissioned as part of The Black To Front Project.

Other on screen talent who were part of The Black to Front Project and who now have new Channel 4 commissions include Scarlette and Stuart Douglas (Worst House On The Street and George Clarke’s Flipping Fast) and Jean Johansson (Dream Life for Same Price pilot and Keys to a Fortune).Tayo Ogutonade continues to present BAFTA award-winning show The Great House Giveaway. Other shows and projects with Judi Love, AJ Odudu, Zeze Millz, Yinka Bokinni and Munya Chawawa are soon to be announced.

The Black To Front Project won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Innovation in Broadcasting.

New Commissioning Guidelines and new Manifesto 4 Change

To ensure that The Black To Front Project continues to drive meaningful change in the TV sector, Channel 4 has worked closely with the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity. The Centre have published a series of recommendations today which have contributed to Channel 4’s brand new Commissioning Guidelines, see here. As an extra statement of intent, Channel 4 has also published a Manifesto 4 Change.

The core principles of the new guidelines include a requirement for ethnically diverse senior leadership on all Channel 4 production teams as well as detailed targets for regional representation and production spend for ethnically diverse off screen talent to help ensure real impact across the spectrum of roles in production teams.

Channel 4 is already committed to ensuring that 20% of its commissioning department is ethnically diverse. That commitment has been further strengthened to state that at least 20% of Channel 4’s editorial decision-makers – Commissioning Editors and Commissioning Executives – as well as the most senior team members are from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Ian Katz, Chief Content Officer, Channel 4 said: “The Black to Front Project was always about trying to create sustained change in the industry rather than just one day of striking content. We’ve already recommissioned several shows pitched as part of the project, made ambitious commitments to increased spend with ethnic minority-led companies and made genre by genre commitments to commissioning ethnic minority-fronted programming. Today we are doubling down on our pledge to drive change behind the camera with a new set of off-screen diversity targets for all our productions, and a commitment to do all we can to help our indie partners broaden their talent networks and open up our industry to all.

“We are very grateful to the Lenny Henry Centre for their recommendations on how we can achieve this, and will be announcing further plans for more production sector support in coming weeks.“

Ringfenced money for ethnically diverse-led indies

These measures follow the Channel’s recent pledges around commissioning and funding, to champion greater ethnic diversity both on and off screen.

Channel 4 was the first broadcaster to ringfence spend for ethnically diverse-led indies, pledging to triple content spend to £22 million by the end of 2023. The Channel has listened to industry feedback and will work with producers to ensure these targets are closely monitored to make sure they stay on track.

In March this year the broadcaster launched a multi-million-pound Diverse Indies Commissioning Fund with Motion Content Group. Blue Therapy 2 (w/t Project Gorilla/Luti Media) announced this month, is one of the first projects to come from this.

As a way of baking in commitment, Channel 4 has mandated every one of its genre teams to have at least one new show with ethnically diverse talent and/or stories at its heart every year, and every commissioning editor must also have at least one ethnically diverse-led indie on their development slates.

Grassroots support is another important route for Channel 4 to help create change, and the broadcaster is working with We Are Parable to support and mentor sixty up and coming Black filmmakers drawn from across the country.

More granular support for indies to help increase diversity will be announced by the broadcaster in coming weeks.

Marcus Ryder, Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, said, “We are encouraged by the fact that Channel 4’s Black to Front project has proved to be bigger than just one day as the broadcaster has clearly taken the lessons that it learnt from the process and are implementing policies that should make it a more diverse and inclusive broadcaster, and hopefully improve diversity throughout the industry.”

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Who Cares Wins returns to Channel 4

Who Cares Wins returns to Channel 4

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards, which honour everyday heroes who really make a difference, will return to Channel 4 in a 1 x 90’ entertainment show produced by Thames (a Fremantle label).

Davina McCall will again host the awards and the star-studded, red-carpet ceremony will take place in London later this year.

Channel 4 is partnering with The Sun and NHS Charities Together to televise the awards ceremony for the second year running.

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards were set up in 2017 to celebrate and thank the NHS and healthcare heroes, key workers and ordinary people who care for us.

Who Cares Wins was commissioned for Channel 4 by Phil Harris, head of entertainment and Tom Beck, head of live events and commissioning editor, Entertainment. The executive producers for Thames are Charlie Irwin and Lee Smithurst.

Davina McCall said: “I’m enormously proud to host these awards, which recognise some of the most amazing people on the planet. It’s a privilege to meet these everyday heroes and celebrate their truly inspirational stories.”

Tom Beck, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting The Sun’s Who Cares Win awards for the second year, bringing the amazing and inspiring stories of the nominees and winners to Channel 4 viewers.”

Charlie Irwin, director of programmes, Thames, said: “Last year’s event was incredibly moving and the team at Thames were honoured to be a part of it. We are looking forward to partnering with The Sun and Channel 4 again to celebrate the UK’s healthcare heroes and bring their remarkable stories of courage and dedication to TV screens.”

Victoria Newton, Sun Editor-in-Chief says “The Sun’s Who Cares Wins health awards are one of the most important nights in our calendar. Every year I am moved by the stories we hear from our brilliant NHS, healthcare workers and unsung heroes. Last year saw us bring these inspirational stories to a whole new audience through our partnerships with Channel 4, Thames and NHS Charities Together and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating them once again.”

The categories being awarded are:

Best Doctor
Best Midwife
Best Team
Best Nurse
Best Health Charity
Unsung Hero
Young Hero
The Caroline Flack Mental Health Hero
999 Hero
Christina Newbury Memorial Award
The National Lottery Local Health Hero Award

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Filming starts on series 4 of BBC Three Comedy Bad Education

Filming starts on series 4 of BBC Three Comedy Bad

It’s lights, camera, action on the eagerly awaited fourth series of popular BBC Three comedy Bad Education as filming begins shooting on location in London. Released today is a first-look image from the forthcoming new series, showing the new leads – former Class K students, fabulous diva Stephen (Layton Williams), and lovable geezer Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) – return as Drama and PE teachers, to ‘educate’ a new gaggle of rebellious misfits.

Bad Education’s fourth season, due to air in early 2023, is set to return to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer and is made by award-winning Tiger Aspect Productions (part of Banijay UK) and Jackpot Productions.

The new series will be directed by Freddy Syborn and executive produced by Jack Whitehall, with a new team of breakthrough writers led by Nathan Bryon, and including Laura Smyth, Leila Navabi, Priya Hall, Ciaran Bartlett, Rhys Taylor and Layton Williams.

Series 4 will see Stephen and Mitchell get to grips with their new career and wayward students, all whilst new headteacher and control freak Ms Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine) looms large. Meanwhile, recently departed head Mr Fraser (Mathew Horne) and his questionable ‘bants’ continues to hang around the school kitchen, as HR struggle to fire him. We welcome new classmates to the school; glamorous gossip Usma (Asha Hassan), wannabe roadman Inchez (Anthony J Abraham), himbo Harrison (Bobby Johnson), clueless slacktivist Jinx (Laura Marcus), eccentric Warren (Ali Hadji-Heshmati) and energetic hustler, Blessing (Francesca Amewudah-Rivers).

In addition to the new series, a one-off Christmas special will air this year, which sees the familiar faces of Abbey Grove return for a careers day, led by hopeless teacher Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall). This will mark the end of Alfie’s teaching career at Abbey Grove as audiences bid farewell to him.

Layton Williams says: “Stephen’s quest for stardom didn’t quite go as planned, and he’s back at Abbey Grove ‘teaching’ drama! I’m so excited for audiences to experience the madness of Mr Carmichael, the new Class K! We’re having so much fun on set, I think you’re all in for a treat!”

Charlie Wernham says: “It feels amazing to be back on set and having so many talented new individuals alongside to work with. A lot has changed for Mitchell since we last checked in on him. He’s grown up, found a missus and has a kid on the way, but in some ways he’s still a loveable big kid himself. The script this series is laugh-out-loud funny, and I can’t wait for audiences to return to Abbey Grove to laugh along with us.”

Freddy Syborn, Executive Producer, says: “It’s been such a joy to work with Charlie and Layton again, as well as our room of new writers. Jack and I really hope that everyone will fall in love with our brilliant Class K 2.0, and we’re excited for a whole new generation to discover the show for the first time.”

Bad Education series (6×30) is a co-production between Tiger Aspect (part of Banijay UK) and Jackpot Productions for the BBC, commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi.

Bad Education special (1×45) is co-written and co-executive produced by Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall and was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. Freddy Syborn will direct both commissions, The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi. Banijay Rights will distribute the series internationally.

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Jamie Oliver to cook up a double helping of new series on Channel 4

Jamie Oliver to cook up a double helping of new

Jamie Oliver Productions has been commissioned to make two new series for Channel 4, to air across 2022 and 2023.

In Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders (8×30’), Jamie Oliver cooks one-pan recipes that offer the perfect solutions for busy lives, it is the ultimate solutions-based guide to brilliantly easy and delicious meals all cooked in just one pan, pot or dish. From brunches to lunches, dinners to desserts, the easy-to-follow recipes are solutions for Jamie’s own family that we can use for ours.

Featuring recipes from Jamie’s new book ONE: Simple One-Pan Wonders, available in September 2022, this new series presents an innovative array of never-seen-before techniques, tricks and hacks to create simple and delicious meals, and cut down on the washing up – even the pasta dishes don’t require a second pan to boil water in.

Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is packed full of dishes that deliver big on flavour with minimum fuss. From speedy 15-minute meals to low and slow dishes that let the oven do all the hard work, there are brilliant ideas for batch cooking and clever shortcuts to family favourites we all love to eat but don’t always have the time to make. Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is the solution for anyone who loves delicious food but hates washing up.

For 2023, Jamie’s Seasons (w/t) is an epic, extended series split into four parts to take us through the year, through the year – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – as each season Jamie goes on a delicious journey through the kitchen calendar to showcase the British produce available at the time. Beginning with Spring, Jamie will celebrate the joy of the time of year, as he creates inspiring recipes using ingredients that are in season and can be grown at home. This series is all about eating British seasonal fruit and veg and celebrating the best our country has to offer so we can eat well for ourselves and the planet.

Tim Hancock, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “These are two series giving viewers what Jamie does best: no-nonsense, brilliantly conceived recipes. After a run of successful and helpful recipe shows over lockdown and beyond, we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Jamie and his very talented production team.”

Samantha Beddoes, Executive Producer at Jamie Oliver Productions, comments: “We are delighted to be bringing two very distinctive new series to Channel 4 this year and next. Whilst they offer very different concepts, both series will bring Jamie’s energy, joy and innovative approach to cooking to viewers, offering inspiring solutions to everyday problems. Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is Jamie at his best, turning traditional dishes on their head by offering the simplest yet most delicious ways to streamline cooking, while Jamie’s Seasons will take us through the year, offering delicious recipes that are good for us, for our pockets and for the planet by celebrating the possibilities that each season brings.”

Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is an 8×30’ series and Jamie’s Seasons (w/t) will be split into four parts: Spring (4×30’), Summer (4×30’), Autumn (4×30’) and Winter (2×60’). All were commissioned for Channel 4 by Tim Hancock, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment. The series will be made by Jamie Oliver Productions, with Samantha Beddoes as Executive Producer and Katie Millard as Series Producer.

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