One of ITV’s undoubted treasures is Nick Elliott, the broadcaster’s long-serving drama chief. But what, you may ask, is a drama chief doing in realscreen? Well it’s the fact that he has consistently delivered provocative, compelling docudramas. April 2007, for example, saw the broadcast of Murder in the Outback (a look at the murder of British backpacker Peter Falconio in Australia) while 2006 was notable for See No Evil: The Moors Murders, a critically acclaimed look at one of the UK’s most infamous murder cases. Go back far enough and you find that Paul Greengrass (United 93) cut his teeth on Elliott-commissioned ITV docudramas such as Bloody Sunday and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.
ITV’s factual chief Alison Sharman has not had time to shape her part of the schedule, but there have been some interesting developments on the net’s fast-growing digital network ITV2. Under channel controller Zai Bennett, the network has given us breakout shows like WAGs Boutique, which gets footballers’ wives and girlfriends to run their own fashion stores in London, overseen by an experienced mentor. Credit for greenlighting Boutique also goes to ITV2, 3 and 4 commissioner Matthew Littleford.