C4, Lion expand upon “World of Weird”

The UK pubcaster has commissioned Lion Television to expand on their original one-off documentary (pictured) with a series set to explore the bizarre side of society.
September 2, 2016

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Lion Television to expand on their one-off documentary World of Weird (pictured) with a series set to explore society’s bizarre underbelly.

The 6 x 60-minute series order follows on the successes of Lion’s September 2015 pilot that pulled in 1.1 million viewers for C4.

The new series will look to explore even more peculiar characters and stories from across the globe including Japanese businesses that use crying agencies to help their employees express more emotion; members of America’s vampire community; a man willing to turn himself into a parrot; and Pricasso, an Australian artist known for using his penis, scrotum and buttocks to paint portraits and landscapes.

Narrated by English comedian Sarah Millican, the series will feature such presenters as Vicky Pattison, Joel Dommett, Ayo Akinwolere and C4′s Undateables star Brent Zillwood.

World of Weird is scheduled to premiere this fall in Channel 4′s 10 p.m. slot.

Lion’s Simon Welton and Richard Bradley┬áserve as executive producers on the series, alongside producer Lou Brown. Anna Miralis, commissioning editor for documentaries at C4, ordered the series.

“The return of World of Weird brings together the very best of the peculiar,” said Welton in a statement. “It has been a delight to work on this six-part series for Channel 4 and to work with such a great group of on and off-screen talent.”

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