Televisual invites you to watch this taster reel for its factual commissioner briefing films or you can scroll down this article to find links to all ten free-to-view commissioner films. You can additionally find two further Televisual Factual Films: a deconstruction of Nutopia’s Welcome To Earth megadoc; and Talking Factual Futures, a vox pop with some of the UK’s leading factual voices.

When watching the taster reel on this page, it is striking the degree to which each of the platforms has defined its unique voice and requirements and what each is looking for. The commissioner films provide detailed insight about each platform’s ‘personality’ but taken together they serve as a snapshot of the health of the UK factual scene at a moment in time.

You can see all the films for free by scrolling down this page. You’ll easily find the Televisual Films with the clear orange badges.

In total, excluding this compilation reel, there are twelve full Televisual Factual Films, all posted within the last couple of months for you to watch

You can see Lucy Willis, commissioning Editor at Channel 5 here 

You can find Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 film here.

Our behind the scenes film with the team behind Nutopia’s epic Disney+ series, Welcome to Earth, fronted by Will Smith,

Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual at ITV is here

Poppy Dixon, Director, Documentaries & Factual, Sky UK and Barney Shingleton, Director of Factual at Sky Studios is here

Watch Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor, Arts and Topical, Channel 4 here

Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4 is here

Simon Downing, Head of Factual and Documentaries, Discovery UK and Ireland is here

Dan Korn, Vice President of Programming, A+E Networks UK is here

UKTV’s Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment is here

Interviews with BBC Commissioning Editors Claire Sillery and Jack Bootle are here

Televisual also caught up with some of the UK factual community’s leading voices 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. You can see that film here

Accompanying this series of 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 –

Look out for more open access Televisual Films over the coming months covering factual, drama and entertainment shows

Staff Reporter

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