C4 preps “Emergency,” “Drugs Live,” “Plane Crash” for fall

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its fall line-up, with series featuring emergency services, drug taking, and off-grid living, as well as the premiere of anticipated coproduction Plane Crash (pictured).
August 23, 2012

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its fall line-up, with series featuring emergency services, drug taking, and off-grid living, as well as the premiere of anticipated single doc Plane Crash (pictured).

Among the new factual series debuting on C4 will be 999: What’s Your Emergency?, a series featuring three emergency services – police, fire and ambulance – in the British town of Blackpool. The show captures an entire emergency from the moment a call is taken at a control center to the deployment of the services on the ground.

Elsewhere, the tentatively titled Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial will see volunteers take MDMA, the purest form of the illegal drug ecstasy, as part of a six-month long neuroscience study. The two-part documentary experiment “will examine the effects of the drug on resting brain activity for the first time alongside a live debate,” according to C4.

Also appearing on the fall slate is Plane Crash, the network’s anticipated collaboration with U.S. net Discovery. The Dragonfly-produced 90-minute one-off recreates a passenger jet crash, featuring 360-degree footage of a real Boeing 727 aircraft as it hits the ground, with an team of experts on hand to examine the consequences.

Other new titles include Guy Martin: Building Britain, a brand new history series that follows the titular motorcycle racer as he brings Britain’s industrial achievements to life; and The Aristocracy (working title), a series from filmmaker Patrick Forbes, in which families give their views on society and their place within it.

Among the renewed factual series is The Food Hospital, which returns for a second season.

On the network’s factual entertainment, features and daytime slate, new series include Kevin McCloud: Man Made Home (w/t), in which the Grand Designs star goes “off-grid” to build a cabin in the woods, “recycling, re-using and re-purposing along the way to create his very own self-designed, self-built haven,” according to the network.

Also new is Hotel Britannia (w/t), which features a some of C4′s biggest stars – including Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas – working together to raise money for employment charities and training schemes.

Of the other titles, George Clarke’s Small Space Revolution (w/t) sees the architect celebrate the world of small design spaces; Stephen Fry: Gadget Man (w/t) sees the titular comedian showcasing some of the most impressive gadgets on the market; and Heston Feeds 5,000 (w/t) sees Heston Blumenthal travel around the UK to transform British food favorites.

Celeb chefs Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty will also team up for Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, taking over a local seaside cafe to bring together friends, locals and special guests.

Finally, on the entertainment front, C4 will launch Baggage, a dating show fronted by Gok Wan (How to Look Good Naked). The channel will also host the London 2012 Paralympic Games, taking place over 12 days.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.