C4 orders “David Jason’s Secret Service,” “Real Narcos”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has expanded its factual slate with the commission of four series from the likes of October Films and Plum Pictures. Anchoring the catalog of projects will be ...
November 15, 2017

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has expanded its factual slate with the commission of four series from the likes of October Films and Plum Pictures.

Anchoring the catalog of projects will be October Films’ tentatively titled David Jason’s Secret Service (pictured) for C4′s digital net More4.

The 3 x 60-minute series will chronicle espionage enthusiast Jason as he journeys across Europe to unearth the secret locations and characters behind the true story of Britain’s spy history.

Each episode will feature a different theme from the history of British intelligence, from the most ingenious gadgets to the most audacious agents. Expert historians will aid the investigation into the latest intelligence scoops, secret locations, the Heath Robinson gadgets and recently declassified files.

David Jason’s Secret Service is directed by James Tovell, produced by Rebecca Hayman, and exec produced by Mike Warner for October Films. Rob Coldstream commissioned the project for C4.

Elsewhere, British indie Nineteen11 has been commissioned to produce a 25 x 30-minute bridal series for Channel 4.

The Wedding Shop (w/t) will follow multi-award winning bridal and occasion wear designer Ian Stuart and his central London bridal boutique as celebrities and socialites search for the wedding dress of their dreams.

Stuart will be joined by his team throughout the series, including style advisor Charlotte, celebrity florist Jens and trainee dresser Craig.

Nineteen11′s Joanne Inglott and Brian Hayes serve as executive producers. Lee McMurrary and Dominic Bird commissioned the series for Channel 4.

Also heading to development is Blast! Films’ A Year To Fall In Love.

The project, which will begin with an hour-long film on Channel 4 before moving to All4 as a series, will offer insight into the challenges of modern day dating in Britain.

In an era when relationships can feel disposable due to online dating apps, the two programs will provide uncensored access into the lives of a diverse group of singletons as they give themselves a year to fall in love.

A Year To Fall In Love (w/t) is exec produced by Blast! Films’ Sarah Spencer. Commissioners for C4 are Lucy Leveugle and Becky Cadman, alongside All 4′s Todd Florance.

Finally, Jason Fox is scheduled to investigate narcotrafficking in a new three-part series.

Produced by Plum Pictures and directed by Steven Grandison, The Real Narcos (w/t) will follow the former special forces soldier as he investigates the drug trade in the Americas. Traveling to cartel-controlled areas of Mexico, Peru and Columbia, Fox will come face-to-face with cocaine cooks, cartel enforcers, underworld kingpins and traffickers to better understand what drives their way of life and how the narcotics industry thrives.

Plum’s Stuart Cabb is exec producer. Tom Pearson is producer. Fox is consultant producer. Alf Lawrie commissioned the series for Channel 4.

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