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Greenlit: Filmography

Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch – Filmography

Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch reveals how to get an idea for a documentary or non-fiction/reality television series such as Touching the Void, The Apprentice or Supernanny from concept to commission and explains why having a great idea is not enough. Candid interviews with fifty top industry insiders – including international producers and buyers – reveal how globally successful shows were originally conceived and pitched; their war stories are in turns cautionary, entertaining and inspiring. Each chapter is stuffed with case studies, practical tips, resource lists, sample proposals and exercises designed to boost your skills and help you develop your own commission-winning ideas. Read it straight through for a master class in development and commissioning, or dip in to specific chapters when you need a refresher. Read this book to ensure your documentary or TV proposal is the one in one hundred that gets noticed.

Here is an alphabetical list of all the TV series, documentaries and strands mentioned and discussed in the book. Key case studies are in bold. Where possible, a link has been provided to each programme’s own page, but in some instances there is no page currently available, in which case I’ve provided a link to an alternative source of information about the show.

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3 Minute Wonder

9/11: Telephone Calls from the Twin Towers

10 Years Younger

16 Children and Moving In

30 Days

102 Minutes that Changed America

1900 House

1940s House

1000 Ways to Die



Ace of Cakes

Addicted to Beauty

African ER


American Chopper

American Idol

America’s Next Top Model

An American Family

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain

Animals in The Womb

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? / Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old?

Armed and Dangerous


Ax Men

Bad Girls Club

Bad Lads’ Army

Beauty and the Geek

Big Brother



Blood on the Carpet

Blue Planet

Born Survivor

Bowling for Columbine


Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got More Talent

Britain’s Missing Top Model

Brits Behind Bars

Capturing the Friedmans

Century of the Self

Come Dancing


Dance Your Ass Off

Dancing with the Stars

Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men

Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Warrior

Disorder in the Court


Dog Borstal

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Dirty Jobs

Dragons’ Den / Shark Tank

Driving Me Mad

Driving School

Earth: Power of the Planet


Escape to the Legion

Expedition Week


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Fahrenheit 9/11

Falklands: The Islanders’ War

Faking It

Fear Factor

Fight for Life

Floyd on Fish

Forensic Files

Four Weddings

Frontier House

Fuck Off I’m Fat



Graham Norton

Grand Designs

Ground Force

Hell’s Kitchen

High School Boot Camp


Home Video Heroes


How Clean is Your House?

How to Look Good Naked

How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire

How to Start Your Own Country

Human Body: Pushing the Limits

Ice Road Truckers

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

Inside American Jail

Inside  9/11

Intangible Asset Number 82


Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Iron Chef




Jamie’s School Dinners

The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

Jesse James is a Dead Man

Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmy’s Farming Heroes

Joe Millionaire

Journeys From the Centre of the Earth

Journeys into the Ring of Fire

Kill It, Cook It, Eat It

Launch My Line

Little People, Big World

Location, Location, Location


MacIntyre: World’s Toughest Towns

Made in Britain

Man on Wire

Man Vs. Wild

March of the Penguins

Mary Queen of Shops

Meet the Natives

Miracle of the Hudson Plane Crash

Most Haunted


My Big Breasts and Me

My Brilliant Britain


Naked Science

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell


Operation Repo

Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure


Passionate Eye

Planet Earth


Project Runway

Property Ladder

Pros vs. Joes

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares

Real Housewives of New York City

Real Vice Cops Uncut

Rick Stein’s French Odyssey

Robot Wars

Rock School

Ross Kemp on Gangs


Scientific American Frontiers


Shark Week

Simon Rimmer’s Dinners

Simon Schama’s Power of Art

Sin Cities



Space Race


Spy in the Den

Spy in the Herd

Strictly Come Dancing


Supersize Me


Surviving Disaster


Sylvania Waters

Take One Museum

Tales from the Palaces

Tattoo Highway

The Age of Stupid

The Amazing Race

The Apprentice

The Bachelor

The Bank of Mum and Dad

The Biggest Loser

The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off

The Detonators

The Doctors

The Dog Whisperer

The End of the Line

The Falling Man

The Family

The Fast and The Gorgeous

The Guinea Pig Club

The Human Body

The Naked Chef

The Naked Pilgrim

The Osbournes

The People Speak

The Real Football Factories

The Real Little Britain

The Real World

The Restaurant

The Secret Life of Machines

The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

The September Issue

The Speaker

The TV Book Club

The War Room

The X Factor

Time Team

Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style

Top Chef

Total Wipeout

Touching the Void

Trading Spaces

Trauma: Life in the ER

Tribe/Going Tribal


Tsunami: Caught on Camera



Voyages of Discovery

Walking with Dinosaurs

Watch What Happens: Live

Waltz with Bashir

Weapon Masters

What Not to Wear

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Wife Swap


You Are What You Eat

Let me know if you find any dead links or omissions.

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