Channel 4 orders “Last Century,” “Marks & Spencer”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered two series, including Objective Productions' That's So Last Century and Sundog Pictures' Inside Marks & Spencer.
November 18, 2015

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the anthropological series That’s So Last Century from All3Media-owned indie Objective Productions.

The three-part series will focus on celebrities and their children as they dive into the recent past of the late 20th century to rediscover and discuss such popular technologies and cultural artifacts as the 35mm camera, lo-fi video games, Walkmans and VHS players – all of which have been largely forgotten over time.

Actor and TV presenter Vic Reeves, comedian and journalist Dom Joly and actor Will Mellor are set to guest star in the series.

Paul Gilheany and Layla Smith serve as executive producers, with Ben Jessop series producing.

That’s So Last Century, which was commissioned by Channel 4′s formats commissioning editor Jilly Pearce, will air on Channel 4 this December.

Elsewhere, the pubcaster has also commissioned the tentatively titled Inside Marks & Spencer, an in-depth look into one of Britain’s most famous multinational retailers.

Produced by London-based Sundog Pictures, the four-part series aims to shed new light on the UK shop and trace its humble 1884 beginnings as a market penny stall to the global giant it is today.

The ob-doc, which is to follow Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland as well as customer assistants, will explore “the company’s navigation of their global expansion, following their progress as they set their sights on difficult new markets.”

Commissioned by Lizi Wootton and David Brindley for Channel 4, Sam Anthony serves as executive producer.

The series will air on the channel next year.

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