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C4 orders “Beauty Secret,” “Heroes of Somme”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned two documentaries that will examine visible facial conditions and tell the forgotten story of the final Battle of the Somme. Produced by Remarkable Television, the ...
October 14, 2016

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned two documentaries that will examine visible facial conditions and tell the forgotten story of the final Battle of the Somme.

Produced by Remarkable Television, the tentatively titled hour-long My Beauty Secret will see host Katie Piper explore the UK’s attitude towards people with visible facial conditions while offering help and advice in the hopes of boosting their self-esteem.

Piper will meet with individuals who suffer from the same condition – from Port Wine Stains and Rosacea to Vitiligo, Alopecia and scars – to detail each person’s experience living with them. Each person will then be sent to “Make-Up HQ” where they will be stripped of their make-up to share their story of self-empowerment to help others in similar positions.

Kitty Walshe and Clare Hollywood serve as exec producers on the series, which was commissioned by Channel 4 Features editor Helen Cooke.

Elsewhere, The Last Heroes of Somme (pictured) from London- and Northern Ireland-based indie 360Production will pay tribute to the forgotten heroes of Battle of the Somme to mark its 100th anniversary.

The film will broadcast across C4′s long-running ‘Secret History’ doc strand and reveals the stories of the men who helped turn the battle of attrition from a defeat into a turning point that pushed Britain to victory during WWI.

John Hayes Fisher serves as producer and director, with Emma Parkins and Justin Hardy executive producing for 360Production. It was ordered by Channel 4′s specialist factual commissioner Rob Coldstream.

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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