Tag Archive: Channel 5

  1. Channel 5 Greenlights ‘The Hardacares’, A New Drama From The Makers Of ‘All Creatures Great And Small’

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    From Playground, the award-winning production company behind the internationally acclaimed hit series All Creatures Great and Small, comes a new six-part period drama for Channel 5 based on CL Skelton’s best-selling series of novels ‘The Hardacre Saga’.

    The Hardacres chronicles the sweeping rags to riches story of a working class family in 1890s Yorkshire. A sprawling family saga, the series follows the lives, loves and fortunes of the Hardacre family as they move from a grimy fish dock to a vast country estate.

    When an accident at work on the docks lands Sam and Mary Hardacre – along with their three kids Joe, Liza and Harry, and Mary’s inimitable mother Ma – unemployed and destitute, they have to think fast. In a bid to avoid the workhouse, the driven and determined Hardacres put their last penny into a radical business venture they hope will free them from their harsh existence on the quays of the North Yorkshire coast.

    A bold, gutsy ensemble family drama full of heart, The Hardacres places an ordinary family in an extraordinary position and explores the age-old question – can money ever buy true happiness?

    The Hardacres has been created for television by Amy Roberts and Loren McLaughlan (The Winter King, Call the Midwife) who will serve as Lead Writers and Executive Producers. They are joined by Emma Reeves (The Worst Witch) who will write episode 3, and Liz Lake (Waterloo Road) who will write episode 4. Rachel Carey (Deadly Cuts) is Lead Director.

    The series is produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End) in association with Screen Ireland, Red Berry Productions, and Newgrange Pictures. Global partners Banijay Rights will handle international distribution.

    The series, commissioned by Deputy Chief Content Officer, Paramount UK, Sebastian Cardwell, alongside Paul Testar, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Channel 5 and Paramount+, will be produced by Alex Jones (Witness Number 3, Penance) and co-produced by Jackie Larkin (Strike, Mrs Wilson); Executive Producers are Sir Colin Callender CBE (All Creatures Great and Small, The Undeclared War) and David Stern (Howards End, The Last Tycoon) for Playground, Lesley McKimm (My Name is Emily, Sunlight) for Red Berry Productions, Cathy Payne and Simon Cox for Banijay Rights and Andrew Byrne for Screen Ireland.

    The Hardacres will be filmed on location in Ireland later this year and casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

  2. Susan Calman to Uncover More of Scotland’s Secrets with IWC and Motion Content Group for Channel 5

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    IWC, a Banijay company, and Motion Content Group, today announce Channel 5 has commissioned a third, extended 10×60’ seriesoffactual entertainment show, Secret Scotland.


    Susan Calman is back for another awe-inspiring journey around her native Scotland, getting private tours of iconic Scottish spots, uncovering hidden secrets of the past and present, and gaining special access to magnificent castles.


    In this third series, Susan will be visiting ten more stunning locations, from quiet countryside to brooding coastline, and from the East Neuk of Fife to the Western Isles. Along the way, she will take an in-depth look at the history, people and traditions of the area, and try her hand at learning some ancient skills.


    This longer series is building on the ratings success of Secret Scotland season two, which peaked at an audience of 1.6 million.


    Gerard Costello, Executive Producer at IWC said: “Scotland is home to some of Britain’s most beautiful locations, and having our series extended to ten episodes means that we can explore even more of what it has to offer, with Susan’s warmth and humour making her the perfect guide.”


    Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 said: “It’s great to see Susan back on Channel 5 with even more secrets and hidden gems from her latest journey around Scotland. It’s business as usual with lots of laughs and fascinating people to liven up our lives in this unusual year, as the nights draw in.”


    The series has been commissioned by Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5, and is Executive Produced by Gerard Costello for IWC and Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content Group. Secret Scotland will be distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  3. Banijay Rights Acquires Premium Feature Doc Thomas Markle: My Story

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, today announces that it has successfully acquired the rights to the exclusive Thomas Markle: My Story, featuring up-to-the-minute, first person insight into the one of the biggest international news stories this year; the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step down from royal duties.

    The just-inked deal sees Banijay Rights secure the international rights to Thomas Markle: My Story (1 x 90 mins) from Alaska TV for Channel 5, excluding US and Canada. Commissioned by Daniel Pearl (Leaving Neverland) and executive produced by double BAFTA award-winning Paul Sommers, this sensitive and respectful one-off special will air on Channel 5 in the UK today (22 January).

    Coming bang up to date with reaction to the most recent worldwide headlines, Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, is telling his side of the story for the first ever time in this premium feature documentary.

    With first person testimony and his never-before-seen archive of stills and videos of Meghan, he will reveal his version of events which led him to be the Grandfather of a boy he has never met but is seventh in line to be King of the United Kingdom.

    Andreas Lemos, Commercial Director, Factual at Banijay Rights, comments, “We are thrilled to be bringing this remarkable historical record to international broadcasters and platforms worldwide which comes from an experienced and award-winning creative team. Set to be one of the most headline making feature documentaries of the year, this is first and foremost a stunning and poignant film from a father to his daughter, as she and her husband step down from royal duties, offering a unique insight into the decision that shocked the world.”

    Paul Sommers, Managing Director, Alaska TV, said, “Being able to make a high-quality feature documentary which balances revelation and sensitivity, on such a global and topical current news story, is something we are very proud of.”

  4. Banijay Rights And Proper Contents In First Look Development Pact

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, has signed a multi-year, first look development deal with UK factual specialist Proper Content to develop and produce series for the UK and international markets.


    The first three titles to spring from this brand new agreement are Suicidal: In Our Own Words (1 x 90’) and How You Can Help Stop Suicide (1 x 30’) both for Channel 5 and airing on 10th September; with new series The School That Tried To End Racism [WT] (2 x 60’) for Channel 4. Proper Content also has a number of other exciting new projects in the pipeline with the BBC.


    Led by Creative Director, David DeHaney, Proper Content is a UK independent production company launched in 2016 specialising in distinctive and talked-about factual entertainment and documentary programming.


    David launched Proper Content in October 2016, before that he held senior positions in some of the UK’s leading production companies including Love Productions, BBC, Nutopia, RDF, Darlow Smithson, Victory Television, Granada Television and Maverick.  He has been an integral part of numerous domestic and international hits including Tough Young Teachers (BBC), The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese (BBC), Britain’s Gay Footballers (BBC), The Baby Borrowers (BBC) and Young, Autistic and Stagestruck (Channel 4) to name a few.


    David DeHaney said, “It’s a really exciting time to be working with Banijay at such a pivotal moment for Proper, we’re looking forward to a really fruitful collaboration.”


    Adam Black Senior Factual Acquisitions Executive at Banijay Rights commented, ‘’We’re really looking forward to working with David and his team at Proper Content with some truly great projects already under their belt. We are delighted to be able to help grow Proper Content, enabling the company to develop even more unique productions that have both UK and international resonance.   This new relationship with another exciting UK indie again highlights our ongoing strategy to build our portfolio of outstanding third party production partners.”


    The deal was brokered off the back of both parties meeting during the Indielab Accelerator earlier this year. IndieLab is the leading growth programme in the UK TV sector, helping independent production companies to scale-up and super-charge their growth. Banijay Rights is a major sponsor of the programme.


    Suicidal: In Our Own Words – 1 x 90’ for C5

    This feature-length documentary explores the crisis in male mental health through the eyes, emotions and experiences of six suicidal men. For the first time, a programme follows men during a suicidal episode; the men’s journeys begin at the moment they want to try and die, and the film documents the complex, and challenging road to recovery as they are supported by a remarkable NHS team.


    How You Can Help Stop Suicide? (1 x 30’)

    This one-off film offers support and advice to anyone struggling with their mental health or concerned about a loved one’s state of mind. The film features expert voices from the charity sector as well as the NHS, each of them with extensive experience in the area of suicide. The film provides practical and accessible advice to anyone struggling, suggesting coping strategies as well as signposting individuals to relevant organisations. The film also hears briefly from men that have come out the other side of a suicidal crisis, as well as a young woman who faced the loss of her father.


    The School That Tried To End Racism (W/T) – 2 x 60’ for C4

    This bold and engaging new series will explore a ground-breaking school’s programme that tests for unconscious racial bias in an ordinary class of 11 to 12-year-old pupils. The School That Tried To End Racism (w/t) (2×60’) is based on a pioneering American scheme and will be led by leading Multicultural Education academics and scientists where pupils will take part in games, exercises and activities, both in and out of the classroom, that will challenge everything they thought they knew about race.

  5. IWC To Produce World’s Greatest War Ships For Channel 5

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    IWC, a Banijay Group company, today announces it has been commissioned to make a 3×60’ documentary series, World’s Greatest War Ships for Channel 5, scheduled to transmit later this year.

    The series will tell the story of the most iconic warships from 1900 to the present day, and will look at the engineering breakthroughs that allowed them to become genuine game-changers and play leading roles in the greatest naval battles of the past century.  Each episode will focus on a specific class of vessel: Dreadnoughts, Word War II Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers.

    Using archive, expert interviews and CGI, World’s Greatest War Ships will focus on iconic ships in all three classes, and tell the story of pivotal naval engagements such as Jutland, Iwo Jima, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Pearl Harbour, Korea, Desert Storm, and the Battle of the North Atlantic.

    Dominic Bowles, Executive Producer at IWC said: World’s Greatest War Ships will celebrate some of the most incredible naval engineering feats in history.  With Channel 5, we will not only showcase the design and engineering that made these craft so special, but also tell the story of modern naval warfare.”

    World’s Greatest Warships was commissioned by Guy Davies at Channel 5, and Executive Produced by IWC’s Dominic Bowles. World’s Greatest Warships is distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  6. Susan Calman Continues to Explore Secret Scotland for Channel 5

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    Following the success of Secret Scotland earlier in the year, today Channel 5 announces the series has been recommissioned for a second series.


    The 6×60 travel series from IWC Media, a Banijay Group company, and Motion Content Group sees presenter, Susan Calman discover the big stories and the untold tales behind Scotland’s beloved spots, with privileged access to some of Scotland’s most famous locations. In a warm, light-hearted but always informative journey, Secret Scotland looks in-depth at the history, characters and treasures hidden in these stunning spots.


    This series is set to feature six new areas in Scotland and will air later this year on Channel 5.


    Susan Calman said:

    I was delighted with the response to the first series and I am so excited to get back on the road to show Channel 5 viewers what else this beautiful country has to offer


    Guy Davies, Factual Commissioning Editor Factual said:

    Susan was a great success with our viewers in the first series earlier this year and we can’t wait for her to bring back her wit, insight, enthusiasm and sense of fun in a second run of this lively travelogue


    Executive Producer at IWC Media, Gerard Costello, said:

    “We are thrilled that Susan is continuing with her wonderful journeys around Scotland, where there are many more places, and their secrets, left to explore. Susan is full of curiosity about her homeland and we know her natural humour and enthusiasm will be a joy to watch once again. ”


    Executive Producer at Motion Content Group, Melanie Darlaston commented:

    “What a fun way to discover the best of Scotland. With her infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour, Susan really is the perfect host.”