UKTV is adding a trio of documentaries to Watch’s line-up. The commercial network has commissioned a season of three authored documentaries by Sara Cox, Grace Dent & Sophie Ellis-Bextor, which will air on Watch in early 2016.
Sara Cox will explore how social media has changed friendship in the 21st century, Grace Dent’s documentary will examine if technology is doing more harm than good when it comes to romance in the 21st century, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor explores the changing shape of celebrity in an instant-access and technology-driven world. The three-part season is being produced for Watch by Cactus TV, with Amanda Ross, Victoria Summer and Grace Dent serving as executive producers.
“Cactus TV is thrilled to be making these major new documentary films for UKTV. Working with Sara, Sophie, and Grace has been a joy”, said Amanda Ross, Joint MD of Cactus TV. “Intelligent, insightful, funny and entertaining, they each have a distinctly different voice – and collectively they’ll take Watch viewers on a journey of exploration into the modern world that is surprising, fascinating and thought-provoking.”
This authored documentary season is the latest in a long line of commissions for Watch as UKTV continues their aggressive push into originals. Other recent commissions for UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel have included Humble Pie, a new spin on the traditional cooking competition format which is being fronted by Marco Pierre White and Melanie Sykes; and Honey I Bought The House, which was picked up for an eight part series after being piloted as part of the Format Labs initiative.
“Our new strand of authored documentaries is an important part of Watch’s programming going forwards with more to come very soon”, added UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham, who commissioned the series alongside Watch General Manager Steve North. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with talented people like Sophie, Grace and Sara on something that not only feels personal to them but covers important issues that affect the lives of all our viewers.”