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Upfront: C5 moves in on Sky 1′s youth demo: New factual commissions target pary culture and doc soaps

The u.k.'s Channel 5, which celebrated its first anniversary in March, has continued its drive to attract younger viewers by commissioning a raft of punchy new documentaries which focus on the excesses of youth party culture....
April 1, 1998

The u.k.’s Channel 5, which celebrated its first anniversary in March, has continued its drive to attract younger viewers by commissioning a raft of punchy new documentaries which focus on the excesses of youth party culture.

One of the first new commissions to be broadcast is a 5 x 30 minute series called Clubs and Clubbers from Folio Productions. The first episode, labeled ‘The Real Monty’, aired at the end of March. Later this year, C5 will air Full Moon Party, a 60-minute special focusing on beach parties in Thailand. The project comes from Richard Parry and Richard Pendry, the same production team behind Generation E. Other commissions underlining the youth theme will look at stag nights and drugs policy.

C5 will also add its own contribution to the current wave of fly-on-the-wall series coming to u.k. airwaves. Series about trainee teachers and trainee midwives have been commissioned from zkk and LWT Productions respectively. A coproduction between Lion TV and pbs will follow life at Los Angeles airport in three one-hour episodes.

C5′s emphasis on targeting young audiences has won it a small but loyal following in both news and documentary.

However, the latest wave of factual programs will push it into more direct competition with BSkyB’s Sky 1, which, last year, had particular success with Ibiza Uncovered, the fly-on-the-wall party culture series. Sky is planning to promote a concerted drive into the origination of quirky, on-the-scene factual series at mip-tv, where its latest showpiece, Tiger Aspect Productions’ Bloody Foreigners, will be unveiled.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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