YouGov survey reveals Channel 4 as ‘best broadcaster experience’ for indies

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A YouGov survey has shown indies rate Channel 4 as the best broadcaster to work with.

The results of the Channel 4 Indie Survey, undertaken by YouGov, reflected the effort and work the broadcaster has put into further improving its dealings with production companies in 2021.

The survey, which received more than 100 responses, also showed that Channel 4 has consistently improved in its dealings with indies since 2019.

Channel 4 received the highest score from indies for the overall experience of working with a broadcaster or content provider. More than two thirds of respondents (68%) gave Channel 4 a score between 7-10 out of ten, up more than 20% on the previous survey’s results.

And it revealed that Channel 4 is making an impact where it really matters – with smaller, independent production companies. Seventy-four per cent of respondents were independent rather than being part of a group and more than half had a turnover of less than £5m. Nearly half, 46%, had their head office outside of London.

Speaking on the eve of Channel 4’s unscripted indie briefings, Emma Hardy, Director of Commissioning Operations, said: “We’ll take valuable learnings from the survey results but to have seen consistent progress over the past two years shows we are moving in the right direction and speaks volumes about the changes we’ve introduced and the hard work of the commissioning teams who have made huge efforts to improve the experience for indies when dealing with Channel 4.

“It’s particularly pleasing that the majority of responses are from smaller, independent production companies which are exactly the types of businesses Channel 4 should be nurturing. “

Nearly three quarters of responses (74%) came from the most senior people in the business at CEO, Managing Director or Creative Director level.

Since appointing Rebecca Thompson as Head of Indie Relations, Channel 4 has implemented a wide range of changes to improve its dealing with production companies.

These include:

Programme performance reports so indies can see how their new shows perform

Indie Relations surgeries where indies meet with Rebecca to find out about working with Channel 4

Improvements to the internal commissioning process, including changes to terminology for greater clarity

Updated information about commissioning priorities and Channel policies on the 4Producers website

An annual calendar of briefing events, and improved signposting, to help indies to pitch the right ideas

4Casts – a series of free and accessible online events for indies

Expansion of indie database to ensure we’re connecting with the whole sector

A bi-monthly newsletter to keep indies up to date with new briefs, opportunities and Commissioning Editors

Enhancements to the Emerging Indie Fund scheme, including online sessions and business development support

Kick off emails to give commissioned indies clearer information about the commissioning process

Rebecca said: “We’ve taken significant steps to improve how we do business with indies and it’s fantastic to see that this is already having such a positive impact on indies’ overall experience of working with Channel 4. We’ll be introducing more measures this year to improve our communications and systems and keep up this momentum.”

Some of the changes planned for 2022 include:

Improvements to the 4Producers website as the indies’ go-to portal for information and news

An information pack for new suppliers, outlining key information about working with the channel

A package of training for Channel 4’s Commissioning Department, including a bespoke starter pack for new commissioners

New internal systems and processes aimed at supporting the faster turnaround of decision-making

Additional training and development schemes to support indies at different stages across the UK


Dame Mary Berry in brand new BBC series on sharing food

Dame Mary Berry in brand new BBC series on sharing

Dame Mary Berry returns with Mary Berry Cook And Share, a brand new series celebrating what drives her lifelong passion of cooking – the joy of sharing her food, her knowledge and her love of company.

Commissioned from Sidney Street, part of BanijayUK, this joyous new BBC Two and BBC iPlayer series will be guided by the nation’s much loved cook as she shows us how to whip up her very best recipes – perfect to share at big gatherings, with small groups or even something special for two.

Mary will travel to some of her favourite locations across the UK to meet others who come together over food, as part of family celebrations, to bring communities and generations together, and as the pinnacle of summer festivals and events.

Dame Mary Berry says: “Sharing recipes is always an utter joy for me and this series is the ultimate guide, whether you are cooking for a crowd or just for two. I’m loving visiting some spectacular parts of the country at extraordinary events, gatherings and beautiful locations for this new series. I have always believed there is no better way to spend time with family and friends than over fresh home cooked food – and now more than ever that feels so important.”

Co-executive producer and MD of Sidney Street, Karen Ross, said: “We are so excited to be filming Mary doing what she does best! Inspiring the country to cook from scratch, sharing both her delicious recipes and incredible knowledge. This delightful series will please anyone wanting to get into the kitchen, from the most experienced to a whole new generation of home cooks.”

Ricky Cooper, Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment for the BBC, says: “Mary has spent her life sharing her knowledge, her passion and of course her recipes with audiences all over the UK and beyond. So we’re delighted she’s returning to the BBC to share her love of cooking – and the impact it has on our lives and communities – in what promises to be a truly spectacular series.”

Across six episodes, Mary will inspire and delight with her sharing recipes, from a hearty Minted Lamb Casserole, perfect for a crowd, or a delicious Tear And Share Bread that will please everyone, to a Roasting Tin Spiced Chicken that’s easy no matter the number, and a quick as a flash Eggy Bread Avocado & Ham Toastie that’s tasty for one but will keep several hungry mouths happy too.

Mary’s Salted Caramel Cake, Honeycomb Chocolate Rocky Road and Chocolate Truffle Cake are just a few of her sweet treats that are made to bring people together to enjoy.

Mary returns to cook her recipes in her mother’s homeland of Scotland during the excitement of a summer weekend in Edinburgh, explores the incredible ingredients to be found on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, and enjoys the buzz of Birmingham’s city centre.

Whether she is joined by family or meeting new friends, passing on her skills or learning from others, this heartwarming series sees Mary Berry delight in adventure and relish the joy of being able to cook and share with others once again.

Mary Berry Cook and Share is a 6 x 30’ series made by Sidney Street for BBC Two and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, and the Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. Karen Ross and Kelly Sparks are Executive Producers, with Sarah Myland as Series Director.

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EastEnders weekly box sets to return to BBC iPlayer this summer

EastEnders weekly box sets to return to BBC iPlayer this

With a busy summer of sport ahead on BBC One, EastEnders will once again premiere each week’s episodes on BBC iPlayer, with all four episodes dropping every Monday from 27th June and continuing over the summer until mid-August.

The move allows audiences to watch the programme whenever or wherever it suits them on BBC iPlayer, or to tune in as the episodes air on BBC One.

The Mitchells will be at the heart of the drama this summer as Phil makes a lethal enemy in prison leaving him wondering if this is the end. Meanwhile, Sam is settling back nicely into the Square but her true intentions will soon come into play with big consequences… Ben will also be struggling in the wake of his attack and despite Kathy’s support, his behaviour is set to spiral out of control.

Mitch Baker is in for a shock when his estranged brother, Avery, and two sons, Finlay and Felix turn-up in the Square. It doesn’t take Mitch long to realise his brother is keeping a secret from him but as always in Walford, things never stay secret for long… Avery isn’t the only person keeping secrets and the Panesar family will face one of their toughest times yet as their loyalty is tested to the limit. With secrets set to explode, tensions simmering away and families close to breaking point, this summer in Albert Square will be anything but a quiet one…

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer says: “With such a big summer of sport ahead, box setting all four episodes again this year feels like the perfect solution to enable EastEnders viewers to choose when and where they want to get their weekly fix from Albert Square. We have a big summer ahead so this is the perfect way to ensure that no one has to miss out.”

EastEnders is one of the most popular programmes on BBC iPlayer and was streamed over 285 million times in 2021.

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The world’s biggest cooking contest, Next Level Chef, comes to ITV and ITVX

The world’s biggest cooking contest, Next Level Chef, comes to

The ultimate TV cooking competition is coming to ITV and ITVX, as Gordon Ramsay’s internationally acclaimed Next Level Chef makes its debut on UK TV screens.

Produced by Studio Ramsay Global, Next Level Chef is a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet challenge, billed as the toughest and most epic cooking contest on TV.

The eight-part series, broadcasting in 2023, is set in an iconic and trailblazing TV studio like no other, with three unique kitchen spaces set across three storeys and almost 50ft high.

Each floor will test the contestants’ culinary creativity, agility, flare, and expertise, as they vie to progress to the Next Level. From the top-level state of the art kitchen utopia to the gloomy basement level ‘scraps only’ surroundings, Next Level Chef will task its chefs to prove they can thrive in any environment.

In a quest to unearth the culinary world’s next sensation, Gordon Ramsay will be joined by two of the most elite names in food, as the three judges preside over and mentor a group of talented chefs who will compete against each other to prove they can handle the heat in any kitchen space that is thrown at them.

The contestants will be under the watchful eyes of the panel across all three floors as they battle it out to produce the most mouth-watering dishes and avoid elimination. Ultimately, only one can be named Next Level Chef, and the winner will receive a life changing cash prize of £100k and a one-year mentorship under all three mentors.

Casting is currently underway in a bid to find the UK’s very best in cookery, from home chefs to social media stars, with budding chefs urged to apply via

A true test of skill and aptitude, the high octane, high adrenaline competition challenges the chefs to determine not only how they fare in the best of circumstances, but what kind of cookery magic they can create in the worst.

Next Level Chef was commissioned for ITV by Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe and Commissioning Editors Lily Wilson and Paula Thomas Gallie.

For Studio Ramsay Global, Executive Producers are Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, and Iain Peckham. Series Editor Lyndon Tovey and Production Executives Sarah Needham and Ben Flower.

Katie Rawcliffe said; “Next Level Chef is a dynamic, edge of your seat cooking competition in a league of its own. We’re so excited to welcome Gordon back to the UK and get started on perhaps the most ambitious TV studio the world has to offer!”

Gordon Ramsay said; “Next Level Chef is off the chart Next Level everything! A culinary competition that is epic on every level. From the size of the enormous structure to every challenge, every moment of jeopardy is huge. I want to see our chefs, social media stars, home cooks whatever their level, whatever their experience, show me what they can do. Whether they’re at the top cooking in the dream kitchen with every gadget and the finest ingredients or in the middle kitchen, good equipment, good ingredients but nothing fancy or, and this is where it gets really interesting, down in the basement kitchen. Super basic, minimal ingredients and left-over scraps then show me what you’re really made of! Talent and tenacity will absolutely shine through, and someone will walk away with an equally Next Level prize, I can’t wait to get started!”

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