U.S. series among autumn highlights

LONDON — New U.S. high-concept conspiracy drama “The Event” and the first TV series from acclaimed Brit helmer Shane Meadows are among the highlights of Channel 4’s fall schedule.

“The Event,” created by Nick Wauters for NBC, stars Jason Ritter who while investigating the disappearance of his fiancée unwittingly begins to expose a huge cover-up.

In “This Is England ’86” Shane Meadows re-visits the lives of the skinhead gang depicted in “This Is England,” the Film 4 movie set three years earlier.

The four-part series unspools against the background of the Mexico soccer World Cup and mass British unemployment.

Another new drama is “Any Human Heart,” based on the ambitious novel by Brit author William Boyd.

Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin all play lead role of Logan Mountstuart, whose journals cover the period from 1906 until 1991.

Hayley Atwell, Natasha Little, Emerald Fennell, Ed Stoppard, Samuel West and Kim Cattrall are featured alongside Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander as the lovers, wives, friends and infamous figures that Mountstuart encounters throughout his life.

With the final edition of “Big Brother” broadcast by Channel 4 on Aug. 24, the web needs to find some new signature shows as it strives to reinvent itself under new CEO David Abraham.

Fresh comedy for the fall includes “The Morgana Show,” starring upstart comic Morgana Robinson.

She was handed a five-part peak-time program on the strength of a taster tape and a non-broadcast pilot.

In factual, Channel 4 is airing new docu-soap “Seven Days in Notting Hill,” in which auds can see events that have only just occurred — and via the accompanying website proffer advice to some of the characters.

“Wedding House” is a new reality show in which wedding planners arrange weddings for 50 couples on one condition — once the bride and groom have discussed their dream wedding, they won’t get to see a single thing until they arrive at the venue on the big day.

Channel 4’s acting chief creative officer Julian Bellamy said: “This is an exciting time for Channel 4 as we enter a period of creativity and innovation with more freedom to try new things.”

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