Contact: Tim HancockRegion: All UK

Title: Features & Formats
Genre: Features
Region: All UK

About Channel

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster. We do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act.

Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. We are funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures our not-for-profit status; that we are held accountable and that all profit generated by our commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of our public service remit.

In addition to the main channel, our portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4, 4seven and 4Music, as well as our digital and video-on-demand platform, All 4. Through its film arm Film4, Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. We are a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.

Programme Interests


The Features department predominantly commissions series in lifestyle areas; such as property, health, fitness, fashion, food, body image, parenting and relationships. 

Looking For

What are we looking for

We have a strong raft of returning shows and are focusing our hunt for new series on four broad areas:

Modern Lifestyle Programming

We want to commission lifestyle programming for the Deliveroo and AirBnB generation. Millennials aren't buying houses, they get their design inspiration online and they use YouTube as a cookbook, so what can TV give them? How can we broaden our features offering to mirror changes in modern day Britain and bring in younger viewers, without alienating the older audience? What passionate talent – new or established – can we use that feels relevant to our swiftly changing world?

Noisy Series at 8pm

More generally we would like to focus on strong flavours and ideas that feel distinctively C4 in tone and will make some noise at 8pm. For instance we are tired of traditional business-fix and chop-and-chat shows – but we’d love to find new, mischievous ways of approaching these broad subjects. Can we learn from successful entertainment shows, or forms of other shows across the schedule? What subversive ideas can we explore, and what subcultures can we give a voice to?

Broad, Shared Viewing

We will still commission gentler series with warmth and wit at their heart; especially those that are targeted at a shared viewing audience of young and old. We love insightful thinking, humour, reams of take-home, compelling characters, and every idea must be married with journalism and storytelling. Do you have access to a business or institution that could generate enough stories to make a series, or a talent that could bring an audience?


We’d also love to create events in the schedule that have real scale and get the country talking. We could tap into growing trends, harness real world moments, or establish our own newsworthy events. 

More 4

On More4, the success of The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes proved our viewers love real life drama gently unfolding in a stunning setting. Whilst we can’t be flooded with similar ideas its worth considering where else a low budget high quality approach could be applied. We get a lot of celebrity travelogues pitched – yours will have to be something very special to be considered.

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