Talking Factual Futures

In this second film in the Televisual Factual Films series, Televisual catches up with some of the UK factual community’s leading voices at the Grierson Awards to hear their thoughts on opportunities, challenges and the future of factual production. Interviewees include Will Anderson, Sam Richards, Alan Yentob, David Dehaney, Simon Chinn, Christopher Hird, Jess Search, Luke Hyams and Danielle Graham.

“I would say the opportunities are nothing less than to step up and to try to explain to our public in this country and elsewhere, some of the really complex shit that’s coming down the pipe towards citizens. We’ve got a climate crisis coming at us. Also we have an information crisis coming at us and we need film makers to interpret this, to bring life to this, bring voice to this, bring story to this and bring the public behind it.”

Jess Search, Chief Executive Doc Society

Televisual Factual Films is a new series of open access films to support the UK factual production community. Televisual has produced films hearing from factual commissioners from across the major platforms that fund UK factual content.

The films are intended as an alternative to yet more Zoom recordings. Running from between ten to 18 minutes, these concise films provide the business and emotional intelligence to support Indies in their creative development and pitches.

The Televisual Factual Films have all been shot two-camera with professional crews (from Procam Take 2 and Run VT) and have been edited as if for broadcast (at Clear Cut and Sky Production Services) with illustrative show clips to make them concise, informative and above all watchable.

Accompanying the films is a new magazine Televisual Factual Briefing with all the headline information Indies might want to make sense of the UK commissioning landscape. The magazine was sent to all Televisual subscribers with the Winter issue and is also available as a free, open access digital e-zine here –

We have a comprehensive line-up of films coming up and expect to be posting up to ten films before Christmas:

Alf Lawrie on Channel 4’s factual slate and what works on the channel

Channel 4’s Shaminder Nahal explores specialist factual and documentary requirements

A+E NetworksDan Korn outlines what he’s looking for from Indies both large and small for Sky History and Crime and Investigation

Sky’s Poppy Dixon cover all of the Sky factual genres with Barney Shingleton looking at Indie funding

Simon Downing covers Discovery UK’s unique platform requirements

LucyWillis talks across the Channel 5 slate and Paramount+

Jo Clinton-Davis shares ITV’s specific needs

And Hilary Rosen walks us through UKTV’s factual range

The Televisual Factual Films are all being posted on and will all be open access and don’t require payment or even registration.


Jon Creamer

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