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Channel 4 opens 25 creative career opportunities for disadvantaged young people in Leeds and Manchester

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Channel 4 is offering 25 more career-changing opportunities to young people based in the north of England.

Twenty-five young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will have the chance to kickstart a career in the creative industries after Channel 4 set up a range of partnerships with businesses based in Manchester and Leeds.

The opportunities come as the broadcaster launches the next round of recruitment for its Content Creatives initiative – a training and work scheme aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds with a passion for content creation and creativity. It will be the first time the Channel 4 Content Creatives initiative will run in Manchester as well as Leeds.

Sinéad Rocks, Channel 4’s Managing Director Nations and Regions said: “We know our Content Creative initiative can change people’s lives and we’re really thrilled to extend the programme to Manchester and offer more opportunities than ever before.

“Working with partners in Leeds and Manchester means that more young people with a passion for creativity can take that first, important step into a career that they might not even had realised existed on their doorstep.”

The fully paid 14-week scheme sees trainees undertake six weeks of bespoke training with the specialist company SharpFutures. The training covers production techniques, storytelling, pitching and other key skills such as teamwork and communication.

The training is followed by an eight-week work placement either with 4Studio, Channel 4’s digital content studio, or one of Channel 4’s creative partners in Leeds or Manchester.

For this cohort of trainees Channel 4 has lined up work placements with some fantastic creative organisations on either side of the Pennines including Chief, Consume Comms, Dentsu Creative, Dubit, Jaywing, Leeds 2023 and Social. And negotiations are still on-going with several other companies with a view to them joining the scheme.

The organisations cover a range of creative disciplines, but each has a passion for creativity and a commitment to supporting and nurturing talent.

Content Creatives is already supporting 18 young people with training and work placements in Leeds, opening up the world of the creative industry and providing practical experience and opportunities.

Rosie, 20, from Sheffield, currently on the scheme in Leeds, said: “Prior to Content Creatives, I had little knowledge and awareness of the creative industry and no idea on where to start getting experience.

“The training has educated me about the broad range of roles within the industry as well as how to have confidence in my skills. Currently, I’m on a placement at a design company and couldn’t be more thankful to have been given the opportunity.”

Karl Stones, Executive Creative Director at Jaywing based in Leeds said: “Creative industries like ours in the north are crying out for a fresh impetus of home-grown talent. But the irony is, most young people on our doorstep don’t know we exist and what we really do.

“We’re fiercely passionate about finding the next generation of writers, editors, designers, storytellers and makers – and we know how hard it can be get a foot through the door. So it’s important we seize opportunities to address this wherever possible. This opportunity alongside Channel 4 to unearth diverse young talent with a passion for creativity enables us to help shine a light on them.”

Colin Offland, CEO at Manchester-based Chief Productions said: “Chief is all about making great content, from commercials, to TV, to music promos and everything in between. To make great content we need great talent, and partnering with Channel 4 on Content Creatives will help our ambition to find, develop and nurture creative talent. We want to provide opportunities for young people from the region with creative passions and diverse perspectives, and give them their first steps into an amazing career in the creative sector.”

Peter Wrathmell, Managing Director (Leeds), Social said: “As a company committed to making a positive social impact, we jumped at the chance to partner with Channel 4 on such an important programme for young people in our region and we’re thrilled to see the initiative expanding for the second round.

“We’ve been hugely impressed by our first two trainees Abi and Anna, who have brought bucket loads of enthusiasm and a hunger to learn – and by giving them hands-on experience across our range of creative communications services, we hope to help spark successful careers for them both in our industry.”

Julie Chadwick, Managing Partner, at Manchester-based Dentsu Creative said: “Dentsu Creative is committed to providing opportunities and nurturing the next generation of talent. This partnership with Channel 4 will offer fantastic opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Manchester area and we’re thrilled to be part of this project”

The Content Creatives scheme is open to people aged 18-24 who are able to work in either Leeds or Manchester. Applications need to be submitted by Monday 4th July and can be made at https://sharpfutures.org.uk/channel-4-content-creatives/

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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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