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Archive for November, 2010

FACE TO FACE: Justin Smith talks to Jeremy Isaacs

November 30th, 2010
JS:  Aside from your established track record in television, you’d done a stint as Head of the BFI Production Board in the late 1970s.  Was film always a personal passion?  What were your reasons for making it a part of your declared manifesto for the new fourth channel? JI: Well, there was an argument going [...]

The Channel 4 films of the 1980s: ‘A worrying new category’

November 9th, 2010
As Channel 4 draws the curtain on the eleven-year success of the Big Brother franchise,  it continues to reap the rewards of being the producer of some of the most popular shows on television, including teen dramas Skins and Hollyoaks and reality shows like The Secret Millionaire and Come Dine With Me. It has also [...]

Rose in the Pink

November 9th, 2010
Producer David Rose, Channel 4’s first Commissioning Editor for Fiction, was honoured at a ceremony on 20th April 2010 for his career contribution to British television drama and film.  The BFI Fellowship, the Institute’s most prestigious award, was presented by the current Controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4, Tessa Ross, before an audience [...]

Le Blog Française

November 9th, 2010
Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, 6-10 October 2010 My first day at the 21st British film festival enabled me to catch a film part-funded by Film4 which won the special jury prize here two years ago. Boy A (2008), directed by John Crowley, stars Peter Mullan as Terry, a probation officer charged with protecting [...]

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I’d had a couple of lunches with Karin Bamborough of Channel Four. She wanted me to write something for Film on Four. I was extremely keen. For me Film on Four had taken over for the BBC’s Play for Today in presenting serious contemporary drama on TV to a wide audience. — Hanif Kureshi, (Kureishi 1986: 41)