Commissioning Editor, Lucy Willis is the second of our Channel 5 films to compliment the Denise Seneviratne film you can find here.

Willis explores the diverse range of Channel 5 factual commissions and production partners from ob docs like Warship; Life at Sea to authored pieces like The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres and The Secret History of WW2 presented by emerging talent J J Chalmers as well as how her role is expanding to include commissioning UK produced content for Paramount+.

“In the last six months, we’ve been focusing more on seven o’clock. We’ve had a few really good and successful projects, which we’ve moved into the seven o’clock slot, which has really worked well for us. It was a slot that, traditionally, we didn’t commission for… And of course, the lovely thing about seven, is we may often commission in high volume, so the tariffs may be slightly lower, but you’ll certainly get the volume…”

This is the twelfth and last of the current Televisual Factual Films series with ten of the films exploring the commissioning requirements of the main UK commissioners. You can find all of the open access films at

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.

In case you have missed others, here is the full run down of all of the other films posted to date

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 docs, 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 GrahamYou 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

Jon Creamer

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