Channel 5 bolsters non-scripted programming slate for 2020

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is set to premiere a slate of non-scripted projects across genres for 2020, including RDF West’s My New Greek Life.  The 4 x 60-minute observational docuseries (pictured) will ...
November 20, 2019

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is set to premiere a slate of non-scripted projects across genres for 2020, including RDF West’s My New Greek Life. 

The 4 x 60-minute observational docuseries (pictured) will provide an aspirational look into various British families on their journey of relocation to the Greek Islands. The series will also document each family as they look for adventure and are faced with such challenges as learning a new language, finding a home, landing a job or launching a business, growing their social network, and finding romance.  

My New Greek Life is executive produced by Jo Scarratt-Jones for RDF West, a Banijay Group company. All worldwide rights to the series are owned by Banijay Rights. The project was commissioned by Channel 5′s Denise Seneviratne.

Also anchoring C5′s slate of programming are new documentaries from Keo Films and Artlab Films.

Keo’s tentatively titled Inside Extinction Rebellion (1 x 60 minutes) provides exclusive access into Extinction Rebellion, the underground mass environmental nationwide movement using non-violent civil disobedience to compel government action in avoiding tipping points in the climate system and ecological collapse. The film will follow the global environmental movement over the course of a single month as its members attempt to stage the largest climate change protests to date. William Anderson is executive producer for Keo Films. Guy Davies commissioned for C5.

Artlab’s hour-long special Trident will gain access into one of Britain’s top secret Trident nuclear submarines as it prepares to go on patrol, while exploring the alien underwater environment and revealing the submersible’s secrets. Commissioned by Lucy Willis, Trident is exec produced by Mark Tattersall.  

Michael Portillo will return to Channel 5 in Transparent Television’s Empire with Michael Portillo. The 4 x 60-minute series will explore Britain’s lost empire through the legacy of the “often hidden, extraordinary buildings” that reveal their unique part of history. Jazz Gowans and Ruairi Fallon are executive producers. C5′s Davies is commissioner.

History programming also includes Lion Television’s Anne Boleyn: Queen for 1,000 Days (3 x 60 minutes). Commissioned by Willis, the series charts the arrest, trial and execution of Anne Boleyn in 1536 and how it played out in the Tudor age. Lion’s Bill Locke is exec producer. Elsewhere, the 10 x 90-minute Monarchy from Voltage TV Productions and Motion Content Group will examine some of the greatest monarchs in British history while visiting locations relevant to the ruler and evaluating the most important moments in their respective reigns. Amanda Lyon is executive producer. 

Rare Television’s The Ganges with Anita Rani (4 x 60 minutes) will trace the television presenter as she undertakes a voyage along the river’s course to unravel the waterway’s expansive history. Rani will also meet with historians, archaeologists and those whose lives are impacted daily by the trans-boundary river. Rare’s Rory Wheeler and Owen Rodd exec produce.

Natural history commissions include Tigress and Motion Content Group’s The Atlantic (4 x 60 minutes), which explores the savagery and majesty of Europe’s Atlantic through four seasons; ITN Productions’ A Year in the Forest (4 x 60 minutes), which ventures through the landscapes of the Kielder Forest in Northumberland as it changes throughout the seasons; and Maverick Television and Motion Content Group’s Elephant Hospital (2 x 60 minutes), which will provide a day-to-day look into Thailand’s largest elephant hospital as it treats 4,000-plus supersized mammals. 

Wrapping Channel 5′s commissioning slate is Rich Holiday Poor Holiday from Emporium Productions in association with Hat Trick Productions. The 4 x 60-minute commission will provide two British families – one from the top 10% of the income spectrum and the other from the bottom 10% – the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones by swapping vacations. Executive producers are David Emerson and Emma Read for Emporium Productions.

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