UK pubcaster Channel 4 has announced a raft of commissions including Genderquake, a documentary exploring gender-fluidity in the UK, as well as Guy Martin’s Pit Stop, which follows an elite Formula 1 pit crew.
Meanwhile, presenter Grayson Perry will be featured in another series, Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage, in which the rituals around milestones in one’s life will be examined and remade for the modern age.
The 1 x 90-minute Genderquake (w/t) will bring 10 young British individuals together under one roof for a week, with participants coming from both the LGBTQ community, and others espousing more “traditional” identities. They will take part in activities designed to help them explore their viewpoints on gender-fluidity, and viewers will see which participants, if any, come away from the experience with a new perspective.
Genderquake was commissioned by C4 factual entertainment commissioning editor Ian Dunkley and will be made by Optomen. Nick Hornby and Tina Flintoff, joint CEOs, will executive produce the program with series producer Hamish Fergusson.
Meanwhile, the upcoming four-part series from artist-anthropologist Perry will see the presenter working with people set to undergo some of life’s major milestones – birth, coming of age, marriage and death – and, taking their wants and needs into account as well as information gleaned from studying other cultures, will help the families design ceremonies that resonate with them, complete with ritual art objects designed by Perry.
Lastly, automotive presenter Guy Martin will be embedded with a Formula 1 pit crew with Williams Martini Racing, working at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa.
The 60-minute one-off, produced by North One Television, follows Martin (pictured) who will join Williams Martini Racing at the team’s UK factory ahead of the race, where the chief mechanic will run him through the major tasks he’ll be expected to perform during the race weekend. If Perry doesn’t meet expectations, he will be pulled off the project.
During the race weekend, Perry will be tasked with setting up the pit garage and helping to build the multi-million dollar car. He will also participate in two 90 minute practice sessions on the Friday, a further hour practice session on the Saturday, the three stage qualification process and the race itself. The pit crew also looks after both of Williams’ drivers – Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa and Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll.
After the race, Perry will help to strip the cars, take down the pit box and pack everything away ready to be transported to the next race.
James Woodroffe will produce and direct the special for North One.
(With files by Barry Walsh)