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C4 renews “One Born Every Minute,” “The Hotel”

The Dragonfly Film and Television-produced fixed rig docu-series One Born Every Minute (pictured) and The Hotel will return to Channel 4 in the UK for a fourth and third season, respectively.
October 16, 2012

Channel 4 has ordered a fourth season of One Born Every Minute (pictured) and a third season of The Hotel to air in 2013.

Both are fixed-rig docu-series produced by the London-based production company Dragonfly Film and Television. One Born Every Minute, which won a BAFTA in 2010 for Best Factual Series, follows the drama in the maternity ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

Season four will feature a mother with the highest risk cardiac case the unit has ever seen, and a couple from season three who are pregnant again. Executive producers on the show are C4′s Madonna Benjamin and Dragonfly’s Peter Moore.

For season three of The Hotel, the producers are returning to the season two location of the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay, where manager Mark Jenkins is upgrading the facilities to attract a more upmarket clientèle. The series is executive produced by Dragonfly’s creative director Simon Dickson.

“Fixed-rig docs, having started life as a creative experiment, are now really hitting their stride in the popular mainstream,” said Dickson. “It’s great that these two well-loved Dragonfly programs continue to do so well in terms of ratings and audience appreciation.”

One Born Every Minute has inspired two spin-off specials: Twins and Triplets and Plus Size Mums. International versions of the format are being produced in the United States for Lifetime, in France for M6, and in Sweden for TV4.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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