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Greenlit: Emergency Animal Rescue, Sky 1

Emergency Animal Rescue  (20×30′) –  HD observational documentary series following the work of RSPCA vets and inspectors at the Harmsworth Animal Hospital in London’s Finsbury Park.  Channel: Sky 1 Producer: Middle Child Productions TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Elephant Talk

Scientists at San Diego Zoo have discovered the secret language of elephants. As well as ‘trumpeting’, elephants growl at a low frequency, which is how the elephants normally communicate – particularly when a new calf is about to be born. Read more on BBC News.

Greenlit: Meals in Moments, Ch5 (formerly Five)

Meals in Moments (15 x 5′-10′) – Chef Simon Rimmer teams up with a celebrity, such as Nicky Clarke, Rowland Rivron and Julia Bradbury,  to cook a quick dish. Channel: Ch5 (formerly Five) / sponsored by Spar Producer: Optomen TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

My Last Polaroid

My Last Polaroid is a site that is attempting to gather images of the last ever Polaroid people take as a tribute to the format. There’s also a documentary in the making. Director and photographer Steve Glashier is filming people who have used Polaroid film in their work – artists, fashion photographers, forensic scientists and […]

Greenlit: All On the Line, Sundance Channel

All On The Line (8×60′) –  Each week Joe Zee, ELLE Magazine’s creative director, steps in to help a fashion designer turn around a failing clothing line. Channel: Sundance Channel Producer: Authentic Entertainment TX: 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: All American Handyman, HGTV

All American Handyman (4x ) – Competition show hosted by Molly Culver in which 15 people compete in a series of DIY challenges to find America’s best handyman. The winner, judged by Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray and a weekly guest judge, gets $10,000 to spend at Sears and the possibility of their own show […]

Greenlit: Gatwick, Sky 1

Gatwick (8x ) – Observational documentary series following the staff at Gatwick airport as it undergoes a £800m upgrade. Channel: Sky 1 Producer: Silver River TX: TBC Source: Silver River

Greenlit: Forever Young, TV Land

Forever Young (6x ) – People from different generations are put together to cope with different tasks to explore various aspects of ageism. Channel: TV Land Producer: Katalyst / 3 Ball Entertainment TX: 3rd April 2013 Source: C21

Greenlit: Kung Fu Saved My Life, Sky1

Kung Fu Saved My Life w/t  (6×60′) – Shaolin monk and martial arts expert Matthew Ahmet takes ‘hoodies’ (hardened inner city teens) to Hong Kong to study martial arts and learn to control their emotions. Channel: Sky 1 Producer: Optomen Television TX: TBC Source: Televisual

In Development: Dancing Behind Bars, Investigation Discovery

Dancing Behind Bars ( x30′) – Dance series featuring prison inmates. Channel: Investigation Discovery TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Kara Tointon – Don’t Call Me Stupid, BBC3

Kara Tointon – Don’t Call Me Stupid (1×60′) – Actress Kara Tointon is dyslexic. She has struggled to read throughout her life and has avoided confronting how widely dyslexia has affected her. In this documentary, Kara faces up to the extent to which being dyslexic has affected her, both as an actress and as a […]

Stolen Recipes

The Stolen Supper Club is a London catering company that uses recipes from famous restaurants, such as Nobu, E&O, the Ivy and Marcus Waering. Every Monday, fifteen guests converge on Notting Hill, BYOB in hand, to sample the Stolen menu in return for a donation (approx. £30 depending on menu). Read a review in The […]


Typeface is a computer programme that scans your facial features before coming up with a custom designed typeface. Produced by students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design it is one of several programmes that encourage interaction and play between user and computer. Explore more programmes here.

Virtual Farming

Le Vedure Del Mio Orto (The Vegetables From My Garden) is an Italian website where, like the massively popular Facebook game Farmville, you can grow your own crops. The difference is that you can actually eat the crops you grow, as the website will actually plant them on its farm near Turin, harvest and then […]

TV Development and Pitching 101: Do You Have What it Takes?

Not everyone who makes it into a commissioner’s office exhibits the ideal qualities for a successful pitch (and that goes for people on both sides of the desk). I’ve attended countless development meetings and I’ve come to recognize the recurring characters who inhabit Development Hell. Which one are you? Click through and take the quiz to find out. (Photo by DVIDSHUB CC BY 2.0)

The Architecture of Segregation

The old Montpelier railway depot in Virginia has recently been restored and opened to the public; what sets it apart from other similar buildings is that it has been restored with the segregated waiting areas and signs for ‘Coloreds’ and ‘Whites’ intact. A single ticket office served the two waiting rooms (the one for black […]

In Development: Talent Behind Bars, Investigation Discovery

Talent Behind Bars ( x30′) – Competition reality series that gives non-violent prison inmates a chance to showcase their talents and turn their lives around. Channel: Investigation Discovery Producer: Mark Burnett TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Bugging Out, Science Channel

Bugging Out – Science series looking at the weird world of insects. Channel: Science Channel Producer: WV Enterprises / RelativityREAL TX: 19th October, 2010 (preview) / series airs in 2011 Source: Cynopsis

The Demographics of England and Wales

The UK Office for National Statistics has published demographic data for the 54million people in England and Wales, broken down in to age, sex and ethnicity. Read (a little) more in The Guardian.

Greenlit: The Unexplained, A&E

The Unexplained (1×60′ pilot) – Documentary looking at the paranormal from the producer/director of The Bourne Ultimatum. Channel: A&E Producer: Air Extreme TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Beyond Scared Straight!, A&E

Beyond Scared Straight! (4×60′) – Documentary series looking at various US prison programs designed to present juvenile crime. It profiles and explores and the lives of several teens in each program. Channel: A&E Producer: Arnold Shapiro Productions TX: 13th January 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Galley Cat Book Reviews

For you literature lovers – Galley Cat has a daily book review (of books of any genre) and a monthly digest of the best review content. It also includes links, Twitter directories and recommendations. Explore the reviews via Scribd.

Greenlit: That’s Tough! G4

That’s Tough! (8×30′) – A countdown series that travels the world looking for the toughest of everything, from mountains to military forces. Channel: G4 Producer: Super Delicious TX: 20th October 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Dean of Invention, Planet Green

Dean of Invention (8x ) –  Dean Kamen, the inventor of the insulin pump and the Segway, looks at future technologies with the help of reporter Joanne Colan. Channel: Planet Green Producer: @radical.media TX: 22nd October 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Explorer: The Third Man Factor, National Geographic

Explorer: The Third Man Factor (1×60′) – A special investigation into near death experiences based on John Geiger’s book, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible. Channel: National Geographic Producer: National Geographic Television TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Ancient X-Files, National Geographic

Ancient X-Files (4×60′) – Documentary series exploring ancient mysteries. Channel: National Geographic Channel Producer: Wag TV TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Wanted: Copy Cat Serial Killer

This video could be disturbing to TV Mole readers, so look away now if you are easily upset. Watch the video to find out why. In the words of Crimewatch, “don’t have nightmares. Sleep well”. See more on Ice Truck TV:

Ignite 5-Minute Talks

Ignite is a global network of events where people give five-minute talks within a rigid format: they must present twenty slides and each slide must automatically change to the next after fifteen seconds. Speakers can talk about any topic except their own business interests. Previous talks have included technology, travel, personal hobbies and passions and […]

The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist relates how the two very different parts of the human brain – the detail-oriented, self-centered left side and the flexible, generous right side – have shaped Western culture and thought.  Read a review in The Guardian

Modern Fossils

Christopher Locke looks forward to a time when people will look back at the technological advances that didn’t survive the evolutionary fight for survival, such as the audio cassette, Sony Walkman and the Atari joystick. He’s created a series of ‘modern fossils’ using concrete – see them here.

Greenlit: Seven Suicides, OWN

Seven Suicides (1×120′) – Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter Mariel explores the history of suicide in her family. Channel: OWN Producer: Stick Figure Productions TX:  TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Tent City, OWN

Tent City (1×120′) – A documentary about a self-governed community of 100 homeless people in Nashville and the residents who are running for election to the city’s Homeless commission. Channel: OWN Producer: Stick Figure Productions TX:  TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Changing Lanes, BET

Changing Lanes (8x ) – Ludacris narrates this competition reality series which searches for new female and ethnic minority NASCAR race car drivers. The winner gets a place on the NASCAR Revolution Racing team. Channel: BET Producer: NASCAR Media Group / 10 x 10 Entertainment / The 909 Group TX: 1st September, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

TV Development and Pitching 101: Welcome to Development Hell

What exactly is TV development? It’s the hard slog between having the spark of an idea and getting contract from a channel, or other funding body, who is going to fund you to make it. That process can take a few hours (rarely) to many years (often). There’s an element of luck and timing in any successful pitch, but many ideas are rejected by buyers in the early stages because they haven’t been fully developed and aren’t suitable, or ready, to be commissioned. Click through to find out more. (Photo by Plutor CC BY 2.0)

Greenlit: One Last Shot, OWN

One Last Shot (1×120′) – Forest Whitaker narrates a documentary about a hospice within a maximum security prison in Louisiana, where the average sentence is 90 years. Channel: OWN Producer: Lightworks Pictures / KPI TX:  TBC Source: Cynopsis

How to Find a Celebrity

Red Pages is a subscription database of contacts for agents, managers and publicists for more than 20,000 international celebrities, including business leaders, models, sports stars and actors. It’s website asks you to fill in a subscription form for a sales agent to contact you (a sure sign it’s not going to be cheap), but you […]

Greenlit: Prince William and the Tusk Trust Project, Sky 1

Prince William and The Tusk Trust Project w/t  (1×60′) – Ben Fogle and Prince William travel to Botswana to visit a wildlife charity and attempt to raise money via a marathon race. Channel: Sky 1 Producer: Spun Gold TX: Autumn 2010 Source: Broadcast

Host an Artist

LoCurativo is a cultural exchange that aims to match groups interested in “the arts, collective practices, social justice, grassroots organizing, and community development”. It brings together international groups who want to collaborate on art via a cultural exchange. The resulting art projects are shown locally before setting off on a tour of the United States. […]

Greenlit: Extraordinary Moms, OWN

Extraordinary Moms (1×120′) – Julia Roberts explores the extraordinary ways women express their love for their children. Channel: OWN Producer: Creative Vision Productions / Red Om Films TX:  TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Wild Britain with Ray Mears, ITV1 / Eden

Wild Britain With Ray Mears (6×30′) -Ray Mears explores Britain’s flora and fauna in different wildlife habitats from woodlands to farmland and wetlands and examines the effect that humans have had on the natural environment. Channel: ITV1 / Eden (2011 / 60′ eps) Producer:  ITV Studios TX:  Autumn 2010 Source: Broadcast

The World’s Toughest Endurance Race?

Iconoculture reports on a new ultra-sports phenomenon it describes as a “mashup of Iron Man athleticism and Burning Man primitivism”.  The Tough Mudder one day race is a seven-mile extreme obstacle course complete with barbed wire and fire, designed by the British Special Forces. The Americans have their own version called The Death Race “part […]

Greenlit: Robert’s Web, Channel 4

Robert’s Web w/t (4×30′) –  Robert Webb (of Peep Show) looks at the funniest viral videos and tweets of the week. Filmed in a studio in front of an audience. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Objective Productions TX:  Autumn 2010 Source: Broadcast

Donate Your Body to a Dungeon

Scottish couple Andrew and Janine Leishman (who are very much alive and kicking) have pledged to donate their skeletons to an Edinburgh dungeon tourist attraction so they can avoid having a funeral. They also want to raise awareness of the shortage of bodies donated to medical science. Read the full article on BBC News.

Greenlit: The Boat That Guy Built, BBC1

The Boat That Guy Built (6×30′) – Isle of Man TT motorbike rider and mechanic Guy Martin refurbishes a run down narrowboat using traditional technologies and crafts. Channel: BBC1 Producer: North One TX: Spring 2011 Source: Broadcast

Camping in Kind

Elderly American retirees have taken to the road and are volunteering in parks and wildlife preserves in return for free accommodation or camping. The motivations are a mix of escape, adventure and necessity as they try to eke out their money. As maintenance budgets are cut, it works for the park staff too and they […]

Greenlit: Kirstie and Phil: Holidays Uncovered, Channel 4

Kirstie and Phil: Holidays Uncovered (8×30′) –  Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer but their years of travelling for Location, Location, Location to good use by investigating the best way to experience a holiday destination – one will have a tiny budget to spend, the other a luxury budget. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Raise the Roof […]

Greenlit: Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids with Guns, BBC3

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids with Guns (1×60′) –  Stacey Dooley, one of the stars of the hit BBC Three series, Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts and her follow-up series Stacey Dooley Investigates, returns with two new moving and insightful documentaries exploring the issue of child exploitation. An estimated 30,000 children have been used as soldiers during […]

Greenlit: My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop, BET

My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop – Documentary about the history and influence of female rappers and MCs. Channel: BET Producer: Ava DuVernay TX: 30th August 2010 Source: C21

35 Best Movie Dance Scenes

The good folks at Flavorwire have compiled a foot-tapping, hip-wiggling chronological list of the Best Movie Dance Scenes, starting with 42nd Street (1933) through to the Jai Ho dance sequence in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) via Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954),  Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Fame (1980). Watch clips of all the dances on […]

Greenlit: Stacey Dooley Investigates – Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia, BBC3

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Child Sex Trafficking In Cambodia (1×60′) –  Stacey Dooley, one of the stars of the hit BBC Three series, Blood, Sweat And T-Shirts and her follow-up series Stacey Dooley Investigates, returns with two new moving and insightful documentaries exploring the issue of child exploitation. Stacey Dooley travels to Cambodia, where an estimated […]

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