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4OD's first commission to star Colin Firth

4OD's first commission to star Colin Firth
Staff Reporter
23 October 2012

Channel 4 Education has commissioned Colin Firth to appear in Young People Speak (w/t), a project that will focus on a group of teenagers as they prepare for an important and challenging public speech.

It is the first original commission for 4OD and the first Channel 4 commission for Edinburgh-based Peachtree Films, a new company set up by former directors of Nobles Gate, Andrew Abbott, Russell Leven and Craig Collinson. 

Firth, who won an Oscar for his role in The King's Speech, will offer advice in the art of speechmaking and rally young people to have confidence in their own voice and opinions. He believes in the crucial role of public speaking as a force for change and empowerment.

Viewers will follow the highs and lows of the teenagers' individual journeys, exploring their motivations, hopes and fears as they prepare a speech that is important to their lives, friends or family, an address that will test their views and values as young people.

The project is part of a collaboration with Canongate Books which has published an anthology The People Speak, co-curated by Firth, of some of the most influential words and speeches in British history.

Stuart Cosgrove, Channel 4 Director of Creative Diversity said, "Channel 4 are always keen to connect with young people in ways that challenge them and enrich their life skills and experience."

Other recent Education commissions include Daredevils: Life on the Edge, a one hour documentary from Christie HQ following extreme biker Danny MacAskill as he sets out to understand why young people take risks. The Human Mannequin is another one hour documentary, from Nine Lives Media, following 19-year-old Louise Wedderbuun as she takes her first steps towards finding her dream career in the fashion industry, whilst suffering from an extreme condition Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, which is slowly freezing her bones into place.

Battlefront is now in its fourth series. The campaigning project from Raw Television, which profiles the journey of young campaigners on a mission to change the world, this year is focusing exclusively on youth unemployment.

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Gail  | October 23, 2012
Good postive help for the young with speaking and expressing themselves.
Also to relate with each other in person. Thanks Colin & Livia.....
Your actions speak louder than words

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