Partners: Raw TV for Channel 4; distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment Length: 4 x 60 minutes
Premiered: July 2014 (Channel 4)
Rights available: Format rights: worldwide excluding UK and N.A.; finished: worldwide excl. UK
For this British series on the foibles of first-year undergrads at the University of Leicester, producer Raw TV developed a technology called Digital Rig (or D:Rig) that allows the cast to share text messages and social media activity with producers via customized smartphones. It’s essentially a data-driven docusoap that amplifies the on-screen action – in this case, drinking games, pub crawls and grappling with morning-after consequences – with bright graphics and text bubbles rendering the students’ online lives in visual form. Coming soon to C4, a follow-up: The Secret Life of Teens.