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Channel 5 orders “Car Crash TV” from Shine North

UK pubcaster Channel 5 has ordered a 10 x 30-minute clip series entitled Car Crash TV: How Not to Drive from Shine North, set to air early next year. (Pictured: narrator Chris Barrie)
December 8, 2014

UK pubcaster Channel 5 has ordered a 10 x 30-minute clip series entitled Car Crash TV: How Not to Drive from Shine North, set to air early next year.

Narrated by actor Chris Barrie (pictured), the series will showcase poor drivers in clips drawn from more than 2,000 driving sequences filmed from in-car dashboard cameras. The series – which is currently in production – is exec produced by Rick Murray and produced by Ben Hirsch at Shine North.

Car Crash TV was commissioned by Guy Davies, commissioning editor of factual at Channel 5, and will be distributed globally by Shine International.

The series is the latest commission for the Manchester, UK-based indie, which recently sold 4 x 60-minute series The Idris Elba Project (working title) to Discovery Channel UK.

“From meteor strikes to exploding roads and a moose on the loose, there is extraordinary crisis and serendipity in ‘dashcam’ footage,” said Shine North MD Alex Connock in a statement. “But it’s the driving lessons that really count – what happens when you leave a petrol station with the hose stuck in your car, or when the wheels actually do fall off a bus.

“Just by making this show, we’ve learned priceless driving safety tips, and we hope the viewers will do, too.”

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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