This month marks Jane Lighting’s first season launch since taking over the top job at U.K. broadcaster Five in February. At a press conference to announce the channel’s new shows, Lighting indicated that Five hopes to increase the program budget for next year, pending shareholder approval. Claims Lighting, ‘[Five is] the only terrestrial channel to have increased its audience year on year.’ The hope is the new programming will further bolster that audience.
The roster for the fall includes a number of factual programs, including At Home with the Eubanks, a reality show in the vein of runaway success The Osbournes. In Ozzy’s stead is British boxer Chris Eubank, who has allowed the camera to trail after him and his hapless wife and four children for six months.
Another program, Whatever Turns You On, presented by Guardian writer David Aaronovitch, probes commonly held sex myths from around the globe: for instance, do schoolgirls (and their outfits) really get the blood of Japanese men racing?
And the doc series The Curse of… returns with two programs that investigate a couple of life’s dark corners: the Internet and professional modeling.