U.K. hybrid pubcaster Channel 4 is putting a renewed focus on documentaries as it prepares for life after “Big Brother.”
Alongside flagship docu strand “Cutting Edge,” skeins such as the BAFTA-award winning “One Born Every Minute” are being given a higher profile.
The web’s documentary topper Hamish Mykura has been told to take responsibility for many of the slots freed up by the absence of “Big Brother” next year.
He wants ideas for the 10 p.m. slot, weekend slots and so-called high impact specials.
The first commission in this new wave of shows will be “The Hotel” from British shingle Dragonfly Prods.
Featuring the international staff of an English rural hotel, the program will document stories of employees, management and guests.
“The success of Channel 4 documentaries like ‘One Born Every Minute’ and ‘The Family’ shows that where we get the approach absolutely right, intimate observational documentary series can form a core part of finding new enduring and popular programs on the Channel,” Mykura said. “As with the series ‘Notting Hill’ from Studio Lambert, this autumn, my strategy is to expand the scale of our commissions and the number of runs in each series. I also want new presenter-led series for 10 and 11 p.m.”
“Big Brother” is in its final and 11th season for Channel 4, which axed the show after a decline in popularity.