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Channel 4, Twofour to raise “Future Family”

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has commissioned Twofour Productions to produce a brand-funded documentary that will transform an average family house into a "home of the future."
March 24, 2011

UK terrestrial Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned Twofour Productions to produce a brand-funded documentary that will transform an average family house into a “home of the future.”

Future Family is the first brand-funded commission from the network’s specialist factual team, and will be made with co-funding from E.ON, one of the UK’s energy suppliers.

The five-part series will see an average family home refitted with the latest technology, some of which is years away from being made available to the public. It will focus on the need for future energy efficiency, environmental responsibility and saving time and money.

Lucy Pilkington, specialist factual commissioning editor at C4, said: “New technology offers the promise of transforming our lives, from solar power and ground source heat pumps offering virtually free – and carbon neutral – heat and power, to new entertainment gadgets and intelligent kitchen appliances.

“The series aims to find out what this will be like for a normal family living in a normal home. Does the reality match up to the dream and is it possible to combine cutting-edge technology with lowering carbon emissions and cutting household bills?”

Stephen Leigh joins Twofour as series producer and will work with exec producer Dan Adamson.

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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