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Channel 4 ‘Game’ for drama

Pubcaster sets 'Road,' 'Lost' for spring

LONDON — Channel 4, the U.K.’s commercially funded pubcaster, has unveiled a spring schedule that builds on its reputation for high-end drama. One tentpole show is Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ “The Road to Guantanamo,” which won the Silver Bear at last month’s Berlin Film Festival.

More British subjects form the background to “All in the Game,” a soccer romp starring Ray Winstone as the foul-mouthed manager of a high-profile football club, and “Bradford Riots,” set against the backdrop of the 2001 battles between ethnic minority groups, written by Neil Biswas.

The success of U.S. series “Lost” has led C4 to bring forward the second season, which will air later this spring.

Digital sibling E4 will add yet another new U.S. skein to its lineup with the debut of “What About Brian,” from “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams.

On the comedy front, medical saga “Green Wing” returns for a second run, while reality series “The Play’s the Thing” searches for a new British playwright.

Documentary highlights feature a weeklong season devoted to the elderly, “The Trouble With Old People,” and, from the other end of the age spectrum, “Pox Britannia,” an examination of the rising rate of sexually transmitted diseases among young people.

Speaking at the season launch, director of television Kevin Lygo said he welcomed the BBC’s recent decision to boost its investment in British film.

He said C4’s film production arm, Film Four, would if necessary find extra coin to enable the broadcaster to continue its commitment to funding domestic pic production.