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Channel 4 unveils winter slate

New factual series include Werner Herzog's Death Row Stories and Future Family, while returning series include One Born Every Minute and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (pictured).
December 6, 2011

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has revealed its winter slate, with new series including Werner Herzog’s Death Row Stories and the ad-funded Future Family, and returning series such as One Born Every Minute and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (pictured).

The Herzog series, a companion piece of sorts to his current Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life feature, will debut in January. Also airing at the start of the year is TwoFour Productions’ Future Family, co-funded by UK energy supplier E.O.N. and following a family living in a home custom-fitted with futuristic gadgetry and technology.

Other programs premiering this winter include the two-part Make Bradford British from Love Productions; Century Films’ one-off Newport Bouncers; the three-parter China, presented by Niall Ferguson and produced by Chimerica Media; and Bear’s Wild Weekend With…, hosted by adventurer Bear Grylls and featuring such guests as Miranda Hart and Jonathan Ross, premiering in January and produced by Dragonfly Productions.

Other factual one-offs include Our Holocaust (w/t), produced by Minnow Films and directed by Daisy Asquith, and examining the stories of Holocaust survivors who made Britain their home; Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished (w/t), a follow-up to Jon Snow’s Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields from ITN Productions; and Silver River Films’ feature-length doc Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction (w/t).

Returning factual series include Blast! Films’ Coppers; Britain’s longest running history series, Time Team; and two more from Dragonfly, the comedy-doc The Hotel, and ob-doc One More Every Minute.

On the fact ent front, new programming for the winter slate includes C4′s foray into the multiple-kid subgenre, the Lion TV-produced 15 Kids and Counting, debuting in January. The Body Shop (w/t), produced by Crackit and also premiering in January, follows four personal trainers as they whip their charges into shape. Fresh One’s Can We Afford To Care? follows pig farmer Jimmy Doherty as he tries to work with Tesco and the farmers and factories that supply the chain in creating cheap but higher-welfare alternatives to their meat products.

Returning fact ent series include a six-episode run of Firecracker Films’ Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, the Tiger Aspect-produced Restoration Man featuring architect George Clarke, and Remarkable Television’s SuperScrimpers.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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