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Greenlit: Blitz Street, Ch4

Blitz Street – Tony Robinson presents this series, which sets out to recreate Blitz conditions around a row of typical 1940s terraced houses. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Impossible Pictures Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Bloody Foreigners, Ch4

Bloody Foreigners (4×60′) – series of drama documentaries that explore the role of immigrants in well known episodes in British history: Great Fire of London, Battle of Britain, Battle of Trafalgar and Roman Britain. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Hardy Pictures (Trafalgar and Great Fire) / Lion (African Emporer) / Darlow Smithson (Battle of Britain) Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Dads in Literature, BBC4

Dads In Literature (1×60′) -Documentary exploring how fathers have been portrayed in books, and the relationships that authors have with their fathers. Channel: BBC4 (Fatherhood Series) Producer: BBC Bristol Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Who Needs Dads? BBC4

Who Needs Dads? (1×60′) – Laverne Antrobus explores the psychological impact a father or father-figure has on their children. Channel: BBC4 (Fatherhood Season) Producer: Pioneer Productions Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Alex Reid: The Fight of His Life, Bravo UK

Alex Reid: The Fight of His Life w/t (6×60′) – Follows Katie Price’s (aka Jordan) erstwhile cage-fighter boyfriend Alex Reid as he prepares  to fight Tom ‘Kong’ Watson,  the current Middleweight Ultimate Challenge World Champion. The fight will be filmed ‘as live’. Channel: Bravo UK Producer: CPL Productions  (series) / Giant Film and TV (fight) […]

Greenlit: Plane Crash, Ch4 / Nat Geo / Pro Sieben

Plane Crash (1×120′) – Documentary that stages the crash landing of a passenger jet in an empty desert. On board cameras and crash test dummies document the force of the impact. Channel: Channel4 / National Geographic / Pro Sieben Producer: Dragonfly Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Michael Winner’s Dining Stars, ITV1

Michael Winner’s Dining Stars (4×60′)  – Amateur chefs compete to cook an impressive dinner for Michael Winner and his food critic friends in the hope of being awarded a Michelin-esque ‘Dining Star’. Channel: ITV1 Producer: 12 Yard / Hat Trick TX: Spring 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Charlotte’s Story, Ch4

Charlotte’s Story (1×60′) – spin off from Embarrassing Bodies strand which updates the story of an 8-yr-old girl who had huge verrucas. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Maverick Television TX: April 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Children’s Hospital, ITV1

Children’s Hospital (12×30′) -ob doc featuring the staff and patients of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Maverick Television Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Pineapple Dance Studios: Survival of the Fittest, Sky 1

Pineapple Dance Studios: Survival Of The Fittest (7×60′) – Follows teachers and dance hopefuls at Europe’s largest dance studio in a series that blends ob doc, comedy and drama. Channel: Sky1 Producer: Pulse Broadcast

Greenlit: In Search of Tintin, Ch4

Dom Joly: In Search of Tintin (1×30′ + 1×60′ international version) – Comedian Dom Joly presents this documentary about Belgian cartoon character Tintin. Channel: Ch4 (First Cut strand) Producer: Back2Back Productions Source: Broadcast


Honk is a user review website that allows you to share your views about cars with other drivers. It also has suggests what make and model your next car should be based on your life stage, age and gender, hobbies and personality.  Apparently the car that TV Mole should be driving is… red.

Greenlit: The Parent Trip

The Parent Trip (3×60′) – Celebrities and their parents go off the beaten track on a bonding trip to a remote destination where they live among the locals and undertake challenging tasks. Channel: ITV2 Producer: ITV Studios TX: Early 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Outdoor Room, HGTV

Outdoor Room – Garden makeover series featuring landscaper Jamie Durie. Channel: HGTV TX: 1 Jan 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Men About the House, BBC4

Men About The House –  charts the story of the “comedy dad”. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Green Inc Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: The Many Faces of…June Whitfield, BBC2

The Many Faces of…June Whitfield (1×60′) – the story of the June Whitfield’s career. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Green Inc Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Ask Rhod Gilbert Anything, BBC

Ask Rhod Gilbert Anything (1×60′ pilot) –  which sees the comedian get to grips with a series of audience questions which may just yield answers no-one was expecting. Channel: BBC Producer: Green Inc Source: BBC Press Office

In: Leigh Ashurst, Director/Development and Production, Planet Green

Leigh Ashurst has bee promoted to the position of Director/Development and Production at Planet Green. Leigh is based in Silver Spring MD and reports to Jeff Hasler. Source: Cynopsis

Greenit: Help! I’m a Giant, TLC

Help! I’m a Giant (1×60′) – Documentary featuring a woman who has a pituitary gland tumour that has made her grow to 6ft 6in tall and weigh 500lbs, and who is about to undergo an operation to remove the tumour. Channel: TLC Producer: Zig Zag Source: Broadcast

Invisible Soldiers

Over at Sharon Denise Writes are a series of articles about the experience of being black and in the US Forces, such as Invisible Warriors, which tells the story of the 1.2million black servicemen who served America during WWII. There are a number of other articles that explore the issue from WWII until today.Sharon is […]

Greenlit: The David Dickinson Show, ITV1

The David Dickinson Show (1×60′ non-broadcast pilot) – Chat show in which David Dickinson shares antiques advice and chats with famous guests. Channel: ITV1 Producer: ITV Studios Source: Broadcast

In: Lynn Sadofsky, Planet Green

Lynn Sadofsky has been appointed to the position of Director of Development/Executive Producer  at Planet Green, reporting to Jeff Hasler, SVP/Production and Development. Lynn is based in NYC. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Alan Titchmarsh Walks of Fame, ITV1

Alan Titchmarsh Walks Of Fame (3×60′) – Alan Titchmarsh joins a celebrity on a 5-mile walk of their choice in Britain, and interviews them about their life. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Rain / Spun Gold TX: Spring 2010 Source: Broadcast

Who Shot Rock, Brooklyn Museum

Head over to the Brooklyn Museum before 31 January 2010,  to catch the Who Shot Rock exhibition that celebrates the rock and roll photographers who created an identity for the genre. The exhibition features photos from behind the scenes, portraits of young musicians and images of the fans. While you are there you can get […]

In: Tony Ducret, Senior Development Producer, KPI

Tony Ducret has joined NYC production company KPI as Senior Development producer. He has previously worked for VH1, MTV and BET News.

Greenlit: Three Hungry Boys, Ch4

Three Hungry Boys (9×30′) – three young marine biologists attempt to survive on the west coast of Scotland without money or shelter. Channel: Ch4 daytime Producer: Keo Films (North) TX: Early 2010 Source: C21

Greenlit: The Big Spring Clean, BBC4

The Big Spring Clean (6×30′) – Andrew Graham-Dixon helps  cleaners and conservators get the National Trust’s Petworth House in Sussex ready to reopen to the public in March 2010. W Channel: BBC4 Producer: Wall to Wall Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Tracking Eero, FUEL TV

Tracking Eero – HD series following snowboarding superstar Eero Ettala as chats to fellow snowboarders around the world. Channel: FUEL TV TX: 27th December 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Iron Curtain Wildlife Border

BBC News reports that the Iron Curtain had an unforeseen side effect on the wildlife of Eastern Europe. Restriction of trade meant that alien bird species weren’t imported into Eastern Europe and scientists say that keeping out alien bird species has helped to preserve biodiversity within the native ecosystem. Read the full article.

Out: Geena McCarthy, SVP Development and Production, Discovery

Gena McCarthy, senior VP of development and production at Discovery Channel, is leaving her post.   Elli Hakami, VP program development for the West Coast, is the acting as head of development. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: True Stories: The Trials of Amanda Knox, More4

The Trials of Amanda Knox (1×60′) – Documentary about Amanda Knox, recently convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. Channel: More4 Producer: Red Eye / Screen East TX: January 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Conveyor Belt of Love, ABC

Conveyor Belt of Love (1x ) – Five women  get 60 seconds to pick an eligible partner from 30 men who are rolling past on a conveyor belt. If she sees a better one come past, she can put her first choice back on the belt. Channel: ABC Producer: Endemol USA TX: 4th January 2010 […]

Greenlit: Maneaters, Animal Planet

Maneaters – Series that looks at what happens when man and beast come into contact (in a bad way). Channel: Animal Planet TX: 5th January 2010 Source: C21

Greenlit: Gator 911, CMT

Gator 911 w/t (10×30′) –  Docuseries following the work of conservationist Gary Surage (owner of Gator Country, Texas) as he rescues and rehomes alligators. Channel: CMT Producer: 12 Forward Entertainment TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Book Club, More 4

Book Club (10×30′) – Spin off from the now defunct Richard and Judy’s Book Club on Ch4. Jo Brand, Nathanial Parker, Laila Rouass and Gok Wan, among others, will discuss one book per episode. Authors whose lives have been changed by featuring in Book Club will also feature. Channel: More 4 (ad funded by Specsavers) […]

If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be OK

Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing posted a review of a book that should be required reading for paranoid parents everywhere: If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency by ER doctor Lara Zibners, who explains what ingested substances […]

Greenlit: Danger Coast, CMT

Danger Coast (10×30′) –  Docuseries following the work of Miami’s Marine Operations Bureau as they risk their lives to save the public.  Channel: CMT Producer: ITV Studios TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Donald J. Trump Presents the Ultimate Merger, TV One

Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger (8x ) – Ex-Apprentice contestant Omarosa looks for love by setting tests for twelve eligible bachelors at Trump International Hotel and Tower: Las Vegas. Channel: TV One Producer: Trump Productions LLC and Juma Entertainment TX: June 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Worst Cooks in America, Food Network

Worst Cooks in America – Twelve terrible cooks, divided into two teams under Chef Anne Burrell or Chef Beau MacMillan, are trained and tested over a number of challenges. The worst cooks are eliminated each week until two remain to battle it out for a prize of $25,000. Channel: Food Network TX: 3rd January 2010 […]

Greenlit: Teen Mom, MTV

Teem Mom (8×60′) – Follow up series from 16 and Pregnant that revisits those four teen moms to see how they are coping with their new babies during the first year of their lives. Channel: MTV TX: 2010 Source: Variety

Gay is the New Black

Dangerous Breed is home to political T-Shirts that make you think: the slogan that is provoking  most comment at the moment is “Gay is the New Black”, which refers to the denial of gay marriage rights in the USA. Others include “Ski Iraq” (as seen on Six Feet Under), “Gaza Strip Club” and “Petrosexual”. Get […]

Expedition 206

Expedition 206 is a Coca Cola funded mission to try to find out what makes people happy. To do that, they are sending a team of three “happiness ambassadors” to the 206 countries where Coca Cola is sold – they will set out in January 2010 and their trip will take 365 days. Along the […]

Amateur Night at The Apollo

Every Wednesday evening since 1934 (except for a current hiatus due to the staging of Dreamgirls) Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, has been the place for singers to go to launch their careers: Billie Holiday, Ben E. King, Jackie Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, The Isley Brothers and Blu Cantrell among […]

Greenlit: Adams, BBC Northern Ireland

Adams (1×60′) – Biopic about Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Channel: BBC Northern Ireland Producer: Below the Radar Source: C21

Greenlit: Jerseylicious, The Style Network

Jerseylicious ( x60′) – Comedic docu-soap featuring the lives of six stylists at a New Jersey tanning and nail salon. Channel: The Style Network Producer: Endemol USA TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Future Food, Planet Green

Future Food (8 x )  – World renown chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche experiment with molecular gastronomy at Chicago’s Moto restuarant, tackling one future food challenge per episode. Channel: Planet Green Producer: GALAFILM / 2C Media / ITV Studios Global Entertainment TX: 30th March 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Guggenheim Bilbao Part II

The Art Newspaper reports that Bibao’s Guggenheim Museum is planning a satellite museum, 40km away in Guernica raising hopes that it could bring new prosperity to the area. However, due to the current economic climate the Basque government is reluctant to help fund the project.  Read the full article.

In: Rob Shaftel, Director/Development, Leftfield Pictures

Rob Shaftel has joined Leftfield Pictures as Director/Development. He previously worked as Manager/Program Development at Discovery Channel. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Sing-Off, NBC

The Sing-Off (4×120′ stripped over one week) –  Competition series following the fortunes of eight a cappella groups as they compete for a recording contract. Channel: NBC Producer: Tenth Planet Productions / Outlaw Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television TX: 14th December 2009 Source: Cynopsis

In: Elis Owen, Head of Commissioning, BBC Cymru Wales

Elis Owen has been appointed the new head of commissioning at BBC Cymru Wales, responsible for all English-language programming on BBC1 Wales and BBC2 Wales. He was previously National Director of ITV Wales. Source: Broadcast

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