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An assessment of the broadcaster’s film policy & programming, and its impact on British Film culture since 1982.

The Channel 4 Project

In 2007 Channel Four’s twenty-fifth birthday was marked by a number of reappraisals of is broadcasting legacy.

Yet its innovation in film sponsorship and programming scarcely received mention. At a time when Channel Four’s future as a public service broadcaster is again in the media spotlight, this project directs attention specifically to its unique contribution to film culture in Britain....

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Guests at our Launch Nights shared their FourThoughts on postcards, sharing their favourite moments from Film4 over the past 30 years.

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However good some of the individual works [of Film on Four]…they amount to very little as television occasions. Indeed, the better they are, the more fuss will have been made of them before they reach the small screen, and the less television impact they have. Ironically BBC2′s “Screen Two” tends to be more exciting than “Film on Four” precisely because the BBC’s union agreement prevents their films being shown in cinemas. — Chris Dunkley, “The Isaacs Formula at Work at Channel Four”, Financial Times, 8th April 1987.

The University of Portsmouth’s Channel 4 project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and run in partnership with the British Universities Film and Video Council.