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C4 lines up docs for fall

For U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, Saturday night has indeed been the loneliest night of the week. The ambitious format Boys and Girls failed to attract an audience in its Saturday-night slot this past spring, leading the broadcaster to abandon its attempt to attract the 16-to-34 demographic with pure entertainment. Now, C4 has unveiled a strong documentary lineup for the fall in the hopes of pulling in more viewers.
September 1, 2003

For U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, Saturday night has indeed been the loneliest night of the week. The ambitious format Boys and Girls failed to attract an audience in its Saturday-night slot this past spring, leading the broadcaster to abandon its attempt to attract the 16-to-34 demographic with pure entertainment. Now, C4 has unveiled a strong documentary lineup for the fall in the hopes of pulling in more viewers.

Beginning in September, the broadcaster offers another examination of the war to end all wars, with The First World War, a 10-part documentary series based on the book by Hew Strachan and produced by London-based Wark Clements. C4 is also planning to launch a new presenter-led series entitled Fact or Fiction, which will set straight wrongly held beliefs about certain historical figures. (For the record, Julius Caesar never said, ‘Eh tu, Brutus?‘ But, did Nero play the fiddle as Rome burned?)

Slated for Saturday nights later in the fall is a look at the U.K.’s social history from the perspective of ordinary people, called The Seven Ages of Britain. The seven-part series will be hosted by historian Bettany Hughes.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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