Our department is home to a vast range of programming, including some of the biggest titles in the portfolio such as The Great British Bake Off, Married At First Sight, Gogglebox, and Celebrity Hunted. Our incredibly varied output ranges from highly constructed formats to social experiments to observational documentary.
What unites pretty much everything we make, is character-driven story-telling, and a desire to reach a broad audience.
If you have a new idea that you think might work for us, we would love to hear from you. You can email any of the team below, direct - and we will reply promptly. We will happily look at anything from a fully-worked up treatment, to a one-line email.
Our current main priorities – as of December 2021 - are as follows:
RETURNABLE IDEAS FOR 9PM
The channel still has empty slots for returnable ideas in 2022. Budgets are idea-dependent, with no fixed upper limit.
The kinds of returnable we are looking for include:
We want ideas for epic, audacious new constructs. Think Married At First Sight, Hunted, The Island or The British Tribe Next Door. Ideas should be simple to describe, but open up fresh new worlds of dramatic possibility.
We welcome ideas for fresh worlds or casts that we might follow, such as our upcoming series The Academy [wt], following talented kids as they try to make the cut at the ferociously competitive youth team at Crystal Palace FC. Previous successes in this vein include Child Genius and The Undateables. Other brilliant examples from other channels are Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and Dragon’s Den. We welcome both arced and self-contained episode ideas.
We welcome ideas based around presenters who could become returnable franchises in their own right, as Guy Martin is, and Richard Ayoade was for so long with Travelman. Examples on other channels include Louis Theroux, Ben Fogle, and the brilliant combo of Gordon, Gino & Fred.
We are currently piloting one-offs with various well-known faces with the potential to become additional fixtures of our schedule, but welcome further ideas. And we are also seeking ideas for ‘gang shows’ that feel like they have distinctiveness and purpose, as well as entertainment, at their core.
SPECTACLE & EVENT
We seek dramatic event pieces, with enough scale to grab attention and cut through the schedules.
What else could rival Guy Martin’s Wall Of Death for drama and bravery? Or Harry’s Heroes for pathos and humour. Or Race Around The World as a setting to explore relationships.
REVEALING STUNTS & DARING SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS
At a recent unscripted briefing Ian Katz issued a call for stunts so audacious that he would be risking his job to commission them. They must have a revealing purpose, and say something important about our times.
Smuggled asked ten ordinary Brits to smuggle themselves into the country from abroad without their passports, with shocking results. The School That Tried To End Racism sparked debate in Parliament about what should and shouldn’t be taught in schools. And Joe Lycett Vs The Oil Giant was a full-frontal critique of Shell’s misleading advertising. Whilst our deep fake homage to Her Majesty, The Alternative Christmas Message, elicited outrage and delight in roughly equal measure.
We’re looking for more thought-provoking, mischievous and challenging proposals that explore important issues ….
The Alternative Christmas Message
ALL 4 DRIVING IDEAS FOR 10PM
As the channel pivots to the digital future, 10pm has become increasingly important.
What could complement Naked Attraction? Or our upcoming Global Format Fund commission, Open [wt], a dramatic social experiment where loving couples nervously open up their relationships to other partners, with the help of a therapist?
Dating feels like an ever-more crowded territory, so anything in that space would probably have to be truly extraordinary to stand out. But if you have a compelling twist, we would love to hear it.
We also welcome ideas for completely different subject matters, and are particularly interested in ideas for studio-based, self-contained episode formats.
We always want new access – whether to well-known people or places. We are very happy to work with you to shape an idea, if you have access but aren’t quite sure what to do with it.
The bar is high: ideas need to have genuinely broad, mass appeal. But we would love to commission more celebrity-authored docs like our brilliantly opinionated Kathy Burke series, or Johnny Vegas’s joyous glamping adventure. We are also looking for more celebrity-focused singles, like our recent Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, and upcoming Gemma Collins: Self-Harm & Me.
And we also want more pop docs and series about well-known companies or institutions. Successes in the past have included Cadburys and Poundland.
To make sure we are inclusive and accessible to all, please let us know if you require any adjustments or assistance for meetings and communications with you.