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O2 Customers Get Priority On 'All 4' Shows, Including Peep Show


David Mitchell Channel 4

As part of a new brand partnership, O2 Priority customers will get access to new Channel 4 shows before they’re shown on TV – that includes Peep Show, Fresh Meat and the hit reality show Made in Chelsea. As part of the new deal, the O2 logo will also be plastered onto All 4 content (All 4 replaces 4oD).

GoggleboxGogglebox has been a big hit for Channel 4

David Amodio, Channel 4’s Digital and Creative Lead said, “This collaboration with O2 is the most exciting digital partnership in Channel 4’s history.”

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Ofcom Clears Channel 4's Benefits Street: Regulator Is "Satisfied" With Editorial Justification


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Channel 4’s Benefits Street, a documentary surrounding the inhabitants of James Turner Street in Birmingham, has been cleared by the regulator Ofcom after complaints of the negative and offensive way benefits claimants were represented in the 5-part series.

Benefits Street"White Dee" was a popular if not controversial figure on Benefits Street

The show was one of the most talked about of Channel 4’s output. With benefits and poverty a sore subject for many Brits, the way in which crime and fraud was so explicitly depicted in the documentary series saw many complain that Love Productions were exploiting their subjects to create a debate and therefore draw attention, manifestly increasing the show’s viewership. 

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Flood Of Complaints Causes 'Benefits Street' Ofcom Investigation


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The highly popular, contentious and controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street, which highlights the travails of those living on James Turner Street, Birmingham, is due to go under investigation by Ofcom after attracting over 1700 complaints.

Benefits StreetBenefits Street has attracted severe criticism

The first episode attracted the most vitriol, with the general public incensed at the level of crime shown in the program, including the main participants removing tags from clothes and lining bags with foil to avoid detection when shoplifting goods.

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Crime Dramas 'The Fall,' 'Broadchurch' And 'Top Of Lake' Dominate Broadcasting Press Guild


David Tennant Chiwetel Ejiofor Channel 4

'The Fall,' 'Broadchurch' and 'Top of The Lake' - arguably the three biggest dramas of 2013 – have each received four nominations at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, proving their dominance with the critics and within TV conversations last year.

Elisabeth MossTop of The Lake's Elisabeth Moss

They’re all up for Best Drama, but David Tennant and Olivia Colman are in line for individual acting nods for their respective roles. Top of the Lake's Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan, and The Fall's Gillian Anderson also compete.

Tennant will go up against Bafta award winning Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave, in the lead male category. He’s in the running for his part in BBC Two’s Dancing on the Edge. While Tennant’s role as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch - a role he’s currently reprising in an American remake - has landed him a spot on the short list.

Top of the Lake's Jane Campion, Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, and The Fall’s  Allan Cubitt are all nominating for writing awards as the Broadcasting Press Guild is dominated by Channel 4 and BBC 2 – the former of which took all four documentary nominations in best single documentary prize.

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - full list of nominations

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Gogglebox Moves To Friday Nights, 9pm. And Yes, The Drunk Couple Are Back


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'Gogglebox,' the surprise Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall show capturing members of the public as they watch the week's television, is returning for a new series on Friday nights at 9pm. The first episode is expected to see the Goggleboxers reaction to the Oscars, The Voice, The Taste and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Steph Dom GoggleboxSteph [L] and Dom [R] in 'Gogglebox'

"We make each episode from scratch every week, never knowing what we are going to get," Channel 4's head of specialist factual David Glover said. "I love the fact that it's so funny, and I love that the show feels warm, but maybe most of all I love the fact it feels like a little bit of truth.

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Benefits Street's Second Season Will See A Geographical Change


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There’s good news and bad news, for people who think Benefits Street is an exploitative exercise, designed to be divisive in spite of the damage it has done to the residents of James Turner Street, playfully – and damagingly – coined Benefits Street.

Benefits Street Series 2 Residents have been portrayed in a negative light

The bad news: Benefits Street is getting another series. Love Productions and Channel 4 have confirmed this. The good news: it won’t focus on Birmingham any more, giving the cash-strapped locals a chance to breath after the media spotlight was firmly gazing down on them and their habits.

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"Poverty Porn" Benefits Steet Residents To Speak Out In Live TV Debate


Richard Bacon Channel 4

Channel 4’s serialised documentary Benefits Street has been criticised from many corners. Some have been moved to condemn those featured in the show, while others have labelled Channel 4 and Love Productions as exploitative and irresponsible for putting the residents of James Turner Street into the public eye.

Benefits StreetSam and Becky were widely criticised for their role in supposed benefits fraud

But the residents of the street – who, despite many wishing death upon them and calling hem scum, scroungers and benefits cheats – are the innocent part in all this, and they’ll have the chance to speak their minds on a live debate to be aired after the final show on February 10th. It will be chaired by Richard Bacon.

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Step Up Brits! Immigrants Are Tougher, Says Jamie Oliver


Jamie Oliver Channel 4

According to Jamie Oliver, European immigrants living in the U.K have more steel about them than the natives. His comments, which are likely to anger a portion of right-leaning Brits, come before his new show, which is designed to get poor families eating better food.

Jamie OliverShould I have said all this... out loud? Yes - Jamie Oliver

"British kids particularly, I have never seen anything so wet behind the ears!” he explained. "I have mummies phoning up for 23-year-olds saying to me, 'My son is too tired'. On a 48-hour-week! Are you having a laugh?" he added to Good Housekeeping (via The Telegraph).

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'Southcliffe': When Did Sunday Night TV Become So Brilliant And Bleak?


Rory Kinnear Sean Harris Channel 4

Remember when Sunday nights were about watching Heartbeat and worrying about having to go back to the school in the morning? The final night of the week threw up some easy-watching though pretty bad television as Britain lurched into yet another working week.

However, things have beginning to change. Across the pond, Mad Men and Breaking Bad are signature shows airing on Sundays, while UK channels are beginning to move some of their biggest and most exciting dramas to 9pm on Sundays. 

Last night, Channel 4's harrowing drama Southcliffe finally hit screens after a couple of weeks of pretty eerie looking teaser promos. The show focuses on a mentally unstable local man (Sean Harris) who goes on a killing spree in a quiet British seaside town. The excellent Rory Kinnear plays a detective investigating the heinous crimes.

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ITV To Purchase 24 Hours In A&E Company The Garden For £18 Million


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ITV has agreed to purchase the independent TV production company The Garden for £18 million, Televisual.com reports today (April 22, 2013). The company, which produces innovative documentaries such as 24 Hours in A&E and The Audience for Channel 4 will now be bought for the considerable sum, by ITV, who will then make a further cash payment, depending on performance, over the next five years.

The Garden was originally launched in 2010, by Magnus Temple and Nick Curwin. Since its inception, the company has developed a reputation for creating high quality documentary series, mainly for the BBC and Channel 4. It includes programmes such as Seven Dwarves and Keeping Britain Alive amongst its successes. In 2011, ITV signed a joint development deal with The Garden, as part of its endeavours to work with new talent within the TV industry. The managing director of ITV Studios, Kevin Lygo, commented “The Garden has grown rapidly and achieved an enviable reputation for outstanding delivery of innovative, ambitious documentary series for the BBC and Channel 4. A key focus for ITV is to develop hit programmes which we can then export globally and The Garden already has an impressive track record.”

Speaking on behalf of The Garden, Temple and Curwin commented “We have a trusting, creative and fruitful relationship with ITV Studios, having previously joined forces to bolster our development efforts… Being part of ITV will help us grow further in the UK and, in particular, to achieve our international ambitions. We will be working more closely with ITVS whilst continuing to concentrate as hard as ever on our important relationships with Channel 4 and the BBC." 

Ratings Through The Woof: Channel 4 Lands Surprise Hit With Dogging Documentary


Channel 4 Hilary Devey

Anyone returning from the pub last night and casually glancing through their Twitter feed may well have been disturbed to discover that a large majority of the people that they follow on the social networking site had developed a sudden interest in dogging.

Yes. Dogging.

Yes. We know what dogging is. And so do the 1.9 million viewers that tuned in to watch the Dogging Tales documentary on Channel 4 between 10 and 11pm last night. That’s a 70 per cent rise on the channel’s usual ratings for that time slot, The Independent reports. With a peak audience of 2.1. million – double that of Hilary Devey’s The Intern, which aired before it – and a popular choice between the coveted 16-34 age group, the documentary was a runaway success for Channel 4 and the programme was also a hugely popular topic on Twitter, too.

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