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C5 greenlights doc series on petty criminals

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a three-part documentary series about petty criminals, as well as shows about teen brides, obsessive compulsive behavior, undercover store detectives and handyman disasters.
August 22, 2013

UK broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) has commissioned a three-part documentary series about petty criminals, as well as shows about teen brides, obsessive compulsive behavior, undercover store detectives and handyman disasters.

Produced by C5′s in-house production arm 5Production, the three-part And Proud…  profiles frank and unapologetic petty criminals and welfare cheats.

Shoplifters & Proud focuses on some of Britain’s most brazen shoplifters; Pickpockets & Proud profiles the most shameless of London’s street thieves, and On Benefits & Proud (working title) looks at the societal failings surrounding the country’s welfare system. The docs will air this fall.

The network has also ordered Baby Faced Brides. Due to air next year, the Crackit/GroupM Entertainment-produced program follows three teenage brides-to-be as they plan to tie the knot. Also from Crackit is Can’t Stop, a series about the most obsessive compulsive people in Britain, including people who can’t stop stealing, having plastic surgery, shopping and collecting. It will begin airing this winter.

The Spy Who Brought Down Mary Queen of Scots is a Quickfire Media-produced one-off special about English spy Sir Francis Walshingham, who foiled a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I in 1586, resulting in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. It will air next spring.

In Caught On Camera, journalist Nick Wallis follows police forces across the UK to explore the role of CCTV in apprehending a variety of criminals, from petty street crime to gang murders. The show is an in-house production by 5Production and will air this fall.

Elsewhere, the Optomen Television-produced Undercover Store Detectives is a series starring police officer Will Davies and a reformed ex-shoplifter, who team up to travel around the UK to teach business owners how to prevent shoplifting. It will air next year.

Finally, DIY Dummies is a series about ill-fated amateur handymen. Produced by IWC Media Production, it presents DIY disaster stories from people who attempted to fix something around the house only to make the problem significantly worse. It will premiere in spring 2014.

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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