The United Kingdom

Looking For

  • ITV’s Factual Entertainment team commissions for ITV primetime and for ITV’s digital channels. The network looks for premium, aspirational, optimistic, entertaining, dramatic, bold, exciting, big-hearted programming with broad appeal. ITV’s commissioning team is currently searching for high-volume returnable doc series and doc formats for 21:00 (9:00 p.m.). Programs may include access doc series with a new twist or something new to say, talent-led and authored pieces, landmark docs, compelling crime pieces, new ways of doing travel, factual entertainment formats as well as competitive formats.

    Ideas presented to the network need to have broad appeal but also be fresh and innovative. The network needs scale, definitiveness and “noisy ideas” with “instant billings appeal” and “grabby titles”.

    Program budgets are agreed on a project by project basis.


  • United Kingdom


  • ITV commissions in all different shapes and sizes – singles, stripped events, multi-part series, 30, 60, 90 or 120-minute slots – whatever best suits the idea and the schedule for maximum impact.


  • Arts/Culture 
  • Constructed Reality
  • Crime/Investigation 
  • Docureality
  • Docusoap
  • Environmental/Natural History 
  • Food
  • History/Biography 
  • Home (Renovation, Design)
  • Lifestyle Competitions
  • Reality Competitions
  • Science/Technology 
  • Social Issues/Current Affairs 
  • Travel & Exploration 

Genres (Other)

  • Access series and lightly formatted doc series.

How to pitch

  • A killer title and one or two paragraphs about the idea. With all the choices out there for viewers, we need ideas that can grab viewers' attention and draw them in to watch so if you can draw “us” in with your synopsis and title, that's a good start.


  • Sue Murphy – Head of Factual Entertainment
    Jo Clinton-Davis – Controller of Factual
    Priya Singh – Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment
    Kate Teckman – Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment
    Satmohan Panesar – Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment
    Nicola Lloyd – Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment
    Amanda Stavri – Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment


  • First, email your ideas to ITV either via a Commissioning Editor in Factual Entertainment who you know or you may contact the team via the departmental email address:


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