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Channel 5 investigates Ardent doc

The U.K.'s Channel 5 is in the uncomfortable position of having to investigate allegations that Ardent Productions - the London-based company run by the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward - made a documentary full of fabrications.
February 1, 2002

The U.K.’s Channel 5 is in the uncomfortable position of having to investigate allegations that Ardent Productions – the London-based company run by the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward – made a documentary full of fabrications.

The program in question, X-Pats, supposedly exposed the shocking behavior of British citizens living in Singapore. But, the main subject in the program, Corin Greenhow, confessed to the London Daily Mirror that ‘it was like a fictional movie.’

In response to Greenhow’s claims, the broadcaster stated, ‘Channel 5 has to rely on the honest practices of its producers. We undertook all reasonable inquiries concerning this program and Ardent Productions gave us no indication that there was any cause for concern. We will be looking into this and, following inquiries, take any appropriate action. Anyone who obviously set out to deliberately mislead Channel 5 is doing a great disservice to our viewers and this is something we do not take lightly.’

Ardent chairman Malcolm Cockren gave a statement to the British Press Association on behalf of his company, which said, ‘The program is genuine, there was no reconstruction. Edward Wessex was not involved. We welcome any investigation into the allegations and are happy to assist in any way.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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