Genre: Culture, lifestyle documentary
Time of Day: Thursday 9pm- 4 part series
The shos follows a group of native South Pacific Islanders and their experiences with different “Classes” of British families (Working class, middle class and upper middle class). A lot of emphasis is placed on their admiration of Prince Phillip and their belief that he will one day return to them and their island as a leader. It illustrates how other cultures differ from British culture, but one may pose the question as to whether we really do get an anthropological insight into their culture.
Channel 4’s success:
Channel 4 programming can be viewed as cult programming. It’s renowned for successful shows such as hollyoaks, deal or no deal, cult of the suicide bomber etc. I beleive that it is successful as it commissions shows that go against the norm and that don’t conform to ideals and therefore push the boundaries of thought. Inevitably it largely appeals to those between 16-34 years old.
It’s website is very graphical and content driven. There are web spaces where one can discuss programme plot lines, characters etc. There are platforms where one can propose new ideas, upload your own films, documentaries and films and music. Moreover there is a platform titled ‘Origination’ which lends itself to celebrating cultural difference. It places real emphasis on being able to interact with it’s viewers and listen to what they have to say about current shows and future shows they would like to view.
Kevin Lygo- Head of Channel 4
Joanna Ball- Commissioning Editor for C4 Feature Team
Adam Adler- Commissioning Editor for C4 Entertainment
Agil Ahmed- Commissioning Editor for C4 Religion
Shane Allen- Commissioning Editor for Comedy