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Edinburgh International Television Festival – The Evidence

As Peter Andre said, “you can ignore the headlines as you know they’re probably not true, but you can’t ignore the photographs…” All photos by Rob McDougall 2009 1) TV’s Got Talent winner Carolyn Philpot 2) Five’s channel controller Richard Woolfe 3) Director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett and Dragon’s Den series producer Sam Lewins 4) Peter Andre […]

Greenlit: The Last Beekeeper, Planet Green

The Last Beekeeper w/t – Documentary series explores how honeybees have become threatened by human life and profiles several beekeepers who are trying to keep the bees alive. Channel: Planet Green Producer: World of Wonder Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Kamen Code, Planet Green

The Kamen Code (8×30′) – Ob doc follows millionaire inventor Dean Kamen, who lives on a sustainable island, as he works on his ideas. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Radial Media TX: Early 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Planet Green

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission w/t – Ob doc follows the team who patrol the Florida Everglades to protect it from poachers and organized crime. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Greif Company Source: Cynopsis

Crappy Taxidermy

Crappy Taxidermy is a site dedicated to ill-executed, ill-advised or just plain wrong taxidermy specimens, from a rat covered in blood to a cat that appears to have turned into a vase. Let’s hope Benson – the 64lb 25-yr-old British carp that recently died, and is deeply mourned by the fishing community – doesn’t suffer […]

Greenlit: The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Planet Green

The Fabulous Beekman Boys (10 x ) – Ob doc that follows a NYC couple who are novice farmers setting up an organic farm in upstate New York with the help of the local townsfolk. Channel: Planet Green Producer: World of Wonder TX: 16th June 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Bake & Destroy, Planet Green

Bake & Destroy wt  – Ob doc set in the Bleeding Heart organic bakery – America’s first certified organic bakery. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Film Garden Entertainment Source: Cynopsis

The Endangered Species Project

More art with purpose: The Endangered Species Print Project produces prints of species that are at risk of extinction. Prints are $50 each and come in editions of how many animals of that species are left. So, for example, there are believed to be no more than 100 Panamanian Golden Frogs left in the wild, […]

Joining the Docs

Joining the Docs is a video on demand site dedicated to international documentaries. This is the place to see some of the films that have been on the festival circuit but only enjoyed limited theatrical release.  Each film costs £3-4 to stream or you can get a monthly subscription for £10. Joining the Docs has […]

From Grid to Green

Mike Johnson is a 32-yr-old Florida-based mailman, music producer and tech geek, who has just decided to try to take his house and family off the grid. He’s going to be blogging about his experience on From Grid to Green, which he’s just started. His first task is to create an automatic zonal watering system […]

Mad about Tools

Peter Atwood seems to be a man not affected by the recession, as his work is in so much demand that he has to hold a lottery for  people on his constant waiting list. He’s a toolmaker, who makes custom knives, pocket tools and key rings. His philosophy is: “if you aren’t carrying it then […]

Greenlit: Eco Crime Investigators, Planet Green

Eco Crime Investigators wt  – Follows undercover operatives who are investigating the global  illegal wildlife trade. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Red Earth Studio Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Buffalo Warriors, Planet Green

Buffalo Warriors wt (pilot) – Follows volunteers who patrol the borders of Yellowstone National Park to protect the USA’s last herd of buffalos. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Authentic Entertainment TX: Fall 2009 Source: Cynopsis

LAX Caravan Park

The Los Angeles Times carried an article about “one of America’s most unusual communities in the United States”, which is made up of airline workers, including pilots and mechanics who have made a parking lot their home.  A cluster of 100 RVs sit close to the edge of the runway and the inhabitants live with […]

Greenlit: The Human Family Tree, National Geographic

The Human Family Tree (1×120′) – Kevin Bacon narrates this documentary that aims to trace the ancestral footsteps of humanity by taking DNA From 200 random strangers on a single street on a single day in one of the most diverse parts of the world – Queens, NY, and finding out if they have more […]

In: Kevin Bennett, VP/Programming and Development, Investigation Discovery

Kevin Bennett has been appointed VP/Programming and Development at Investigation Discovery, reporting to Henry Schleiff. He is based at Discovery’s HQ in Silver Spring, and has previously worked at Discovery Health and Times. Source: Cynopsis

Orwell Diaries

The Orwell Diaries are real time online diary entries as written by George Orwell from 1938, when he set off to Morocco in a bid to restore his health, to 11942, when WWII was in progress. Each day a new entry is released online, along with images and documents and a map of places that […]

Bling Bejing

The China Daily has an article on China’s rich list, which reveals Beijing as the bling capital of China with 143,000 multimillionaires and 8,800 billionaires, who  according to the Hurun Report, spend their money on property, piano classes, Bulgari, Cartier and enjoy taking trips to Tokyo. Read more.

Greenlit: Move Like Michael Jackson, BBC3

Move Like Michael Jackson – An X Factor-style competition show to find people who can replicate Jacko’s famous dance moves. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Goggle Box Entertainment TX: Autumn 2009 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Outbreak, ITV1

Outbreak (1×60′) – documents every hour 3rd September, 1939, of the first day that war was declared, featuring archive footage and interviews with people who lived through it: ordinary people, politicians, soldiers  and some famous faces such as Better Driver, Sir Peter Blake and Richard Attenborough. Channel: ITV1 Producer: ITV Productions TX: Autumn 2009 Source: […]

Do Lectures

Do Lectures – If you feel like you need some inspiration to get off your arras and do something head down to Cardigan Bay in West Wales on 3rd September for five days of inspirational talks in a woodland setting. Well, actually you can’t because you have to apply in advance and go into a […]

Greenlit: Twins, BBC1

Twins – Identical twins are a source of endless fascination – many people are intrigued by their appearance and the stories of incredible bonds that exist between them. But twins are also of interest to scientists, who believe they could hold the key to understanding what makes us all who we are. This new series […]

Greenlit: Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, tru TV

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura  – Jesse Ventura investigates conspiracy theories. Channel: truTV Producer: A. Smith & Co. Productions TX: Late 2009 Source: Cynopsis

40 Farmers Under40

Mother Nature Network has published a list of 40 [American] Farmers Under 40: from sheep farmers, to a herb farmer and a truck farmer (yes, you read right).  They all look very wholesome and smiley, and wear a lot of hats. Hat tip to PSFK

Thinking Space

The Economist has got a cool interactive site that allows you to explore the ‘thinking spaces’ of a variety of creative people, including musician Jamie Lidell, the fabulously named Mercedes Bunz (founder of De-bug magazine), and fashion designer Andrea Llosa. You can also upload photos of your own creative space. Explore the site here

Greenlit: Wounded, BBC1

Wounded – For the first time, the Ministry Of Defence has allowed television cameras to follow wounded soldiers from the moment they are flown back to the UK, right the way through their treatment at Selly Oak hospital and its Defence Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. With enormous public interest in the medical care given […]

Greenlit: 9/11: Science and Conspiracy, National Geographic

9/11: Science and Conspiracy (1x ) – Documentary that looks at 9/11 conspiracy theories such as explosives being planted inside the towers, or that the Pentagon was targeted by a missile. Channel: National Geographic Producer: Creative Differences TX: 31 August, 2009 Source: C21

Baseball Wives

The Washington Post has an article about the wives of players of the Washington Nationals, a team sitting at the bottom of their league. For the wives, it’s not as glamorous a life as people assume: most of them are small town girls forced to move away from their friends and families, and have to […]

Odd Cops

You don’t see this every day: A cop playing a guitar to a busker A Staffordshire bull terrier being frisked A lady cop watching a naked man do an unconventional high-wire act See more on Trendhunter

Building Las Vegas

Las Vegas continues to evolve as a 67 acre site is being redeveloped by private investors – it’s the biggest private development in US history. According to Vegas Today and Tomorrow, there are more than 80 projects in development or under construction, many by famous ‘starchitects’ . Of course, before any new buildings can go […]

Secret Venice

Academics from Padua University, Italy  have revealed images of the lost Roman city Altinum, which predates Venice. Aerial and infrared photographs show a network of canals, city walls, theatres and a harbour. The images were taken during a drought in 2007 and reveal one of the few ancient European cities that hasn’t been built over. […]

Credit Crunch Hotel Dining

British comedian George Egg takes in-room hotel dining  to a new (unique?) level cooks tortellini in a kettle and English muffins on an iron. He says the equivalent meal would cost £15+ in the hotel restaurant and claims his version uses £2 of ingredients, ideal for the cash-strapped traveller – I’d like to know where […]

Out: Bethan Corney, Factual Commissioning Editor, Five

Bethan Corney, erstwhile natural history commissioner at Five, has joined Tigress Productions, where she will look after natural history and co-productions. Source: C21

Channel Branding: A Quiz – Answers

Last week I posted a list of UK and US straplines that should – if they were doing their job properly – tell you which channels they referred to. In case they didn’t, click through to find out the answers. (Photo by bdunnette under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Greenlit: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, PBS

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (6 x 120′) – Ken Burns documentary series is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it […]

Greenlit: Stacey Dooley’s Child Labour, BBC3

Stacey Dooley’s Child Labour w/t (2×60′) – Former shop assistant and Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts contributor, Stacey Dooley, is to get her own two-part documentary that explores the issues around child labour in Nepal and the Ivory Coast. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Ricochet TX: September 2009 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Red Lion, Ch4

Debutantes (1×60′) – Part of a new Cutting Edge series – Sue Bourne visits every Red Lion pub in the United Kingdom. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Wellpark Productions TX: October 2009 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: natgeoadventure.tv, web

natgeoadventure.tv – is a new ad supported adventure travel social networking website from National Geographic, which allows travellers to upload videos and photographs and shows people what they can do around the world. Channel: National Geographic Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: 9/11: Phone Calls from the Twin Towers, Ch4

9/11: Phone Calls From The Towers w/t (1×90′) –  A Cutting Edge special documentary featuring previously unbroadcast recordings of telephone messages left by people trapped in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Also includes home movie footage and family testimonies. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Darlow Smithson TX: September 2009 Source: Broadcast

Damon Weaver Interviews the President

Damon Weaver got the interview many journalists would would give their right arm for: The President of the United States. What’s more remarkable than the scoop is that Damon is only 11-years-old. He was reporting for his school’s TV station and has now shot to fame courtesy of YouTube. He’s also received a scholarship offer […]

Pyjama Girls Documentary

Director Maya Derrington noticed that there was a propensity for the people of Dublin to walk around the city in their pyjamas. This observation inspired her to make Pyjama Girls, an observational documentary that focuses on a group of teenage girls who live in the Basin Street Flats in Dublin’s Inner City. The film is […]

Greenlit: The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, BBC2

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit –  The Maysles brothers’ film charting the Fab Four’s arrival in America in 1964. It is 1964, Beatlemania is beginning in America and from airport to hotel to TV studio, the pioneering Maysles brothers are at The Beatles’ shoulders on their first US visit. This is the inside story […]

Greenlit: The Beatles on Record, BBC2

The Beatles On Record – Charts The Beatles’ extraordinary journey from Please Please Me to Abbey Road and reflects on how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created a body of work that sounds as fresh in 2009 as the time it was recorded. dNarrated entirely by John, Paul, George, Ringo and their […]

Neil Freeman – Fake is the New Real

Neil Freeman, a US urban planner and artist has combined his skills and love of mapping and topography and typology  in a fascinating website called Fake is the New Real, which contains a collection of maps, lists and his art. Check out: Comparative Elvis Timeline – compares Elvis Presley’s Life vs. US Involvement in South-East […]

The Greatest Wine Hoax of All Time

Visit Slate for a sour tale of wine fraud, defamation and a best-selling book called The Billionaire’s Vinegar. Michael Broadbent, a British wine expert, who has collected around 100,000 tasting notes for wines (some centuries old) over his six decade career, is suing the author of the book, which he alleges depicts him as being […]

Greenlit: Mystery of the Hope Diamond, Smithsonian Channel

Mystery of the Hope Diamond – a documentary about the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat blue diamond, which was a gift to the American people from legendary jeweller Harry Winston. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the diamond is being reset and the American people are being invited to vote their favourite design. Voting is open from  […]

Greenlit: Star Memories, BBC1

Star Memories – a strand scheduled for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, in which celebrities share their recollections of growing up in and around London during the war. Channel: BBC1 Daytime TX: Week beg 3rd September 2009 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Edwardian Farm, BBC2

Edwardian Farm (12×60′) –  The Victorian Farm archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman will return to front Edwardian Farm, spending a full year delving into Britain’s rural heritage. They will make their home in a stunning new location, exploring the challenges posed by the British countryside at a time of […]

Abandoned Places

Lose yourself in some of the most atmospheric and historic abandoned places around the world from Military Hospital in Berlin, to an abandoned, and allegedly haunted, futuristic holiday village in Taiwan via a theme park gone wild in Japan. Explore weburbanist for lots of spooky and evocative photos and back stories.

Greenlit: Homefront Heroes, BBC1

Homefront Heroes – a strand scheduled for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, which focuses on some of the now infamous events from the time, told through testimonials of the everyday people who witnessed these tragedies. Channel: BBC1 Daytime TX: Week beg 3rd September 2009 Source: BBC Press Office

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