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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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