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UKTV offers new venues for factual

UKTV just announced the launch of new channels Watch, Alibi and a revamped GOLD for October. Realscreen spoke with Jane Rogerson, director of factual and factual entertainment for UKTV, about the factual programming plans for these channels.
August 28, 2008

UKTV just announced the launch of new channels Watch, Alibi and a revamped GOLD for October. Realscreen spoke with Jane Rogerson, director of factual and factual entertainment for UKTV, about the factual programming plans for these channels.

What is the mandate for factual for Watch and Alibi?
We’re looking for compelling stories on Watch which will burst through the schedules and appeal to a family loving audience. We will also do big attention grabbing one-offs. Alibi has fewer opportunities for commissions, though we are developing a series of short films with the top talent for the channel.

Will GOLD, as a comedy channel, have any factual?
Not factual, as such, but we do have two very special Blackadder programs which celebrate the making of the series. It features the amazing faces of the show – Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson and Tony Robinson. When you get offered talent like that, you can’t say no.

What is your advice to factual producers who would like to pitch to any of these channels?
Think carefully about why you think your idea is fresh and standout. It’s got to be able to shout very loudly in a very crowded market.

Pitches should be sent to uktv.commissioning@uktv.co.uk and the ideas will be directed to the correct Commissioner.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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