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UKTV’s Watch launches authored doc strand

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a three-part series of documentaries from Sara Cox (pictured, left), Grace Dent (center) and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (right) for a new strand of authored films on pay-TV channel Watch.
September 3, 2015

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a three-part series of authored documentaries for a new strand on its pay-TV channel Watch.

The films will explore the role of technology and its toll on friendships, romance and celebrity in the lives and careers of Sara Cox (pictured, left), Grace Dent (center) and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (right). The Cactus TV-produced documentaries are the first of more authored films expected on Watch.

The hour-long episodes feature each director presenting their own perspective on various topics. TV presenter Cox delves into how social media platforms devalue the meaning of friendship in the digital age, while journalist and author Dent investigates whether finding romance in the 21st century through dating apps hinders or furthers the quest for love.

Finally, musician Ellis-Bextor examines a shifting social media landscape that can catapult individuals to celebrity status overnight.

For Cactus TV, Amanda Ross serves as executive producer with Nic Guttridge working as series producer. Victoria Summer will exec produce for UKTV. Grace Dent is also an executive producer for the series.

UKTV GM Steve North and Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, ordered the series – expected to air in early 2016 – for Watch.

“Our new strand of authored documentaries is an important part of Watch’s programming going forward with more to come very soon,” said Watsham in a statement. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with talented people like Sophie, Grace and Sara on something that not only feels personal to them but covers important issues that affect the lives of all our viewers.”

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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