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Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Custard TV at Edinburgh: Jay Hunt (Channel 4 Controller)

In the final of the four controller sessions at this year's Edinburgh Television Festival, Channel 4's Jay Hunt took to the stage to celebrate a rather successful year and talk about what's to come in the future.

Here are a few of the main highlights of the discussion:

. She announced a new drama from writer Jack Thorne entitled National Treasure about one half of a comedy double act who is questioned about his supposed sexual attack of a young woman in the 1970s.
. She talked about the way that the channel blurred the lines between genres especially since she'd combined her factual and entertainment teams together.
. To that end she also announced a three part factual series that looks at the police investigation into the murder of a teenager. Unlike other documentaries, the series will not have a voiceover and will be shot more like a drama than a factual piece.
. She praised the performance of all of the access documentaries on the channel and said that she'd love access to IKEA to tell the stories that the Scandinavian furniture store has to offer.
. She said that her channel wasn't ever going to be competing for the Saturday night entertainment crown and instead she was looking for alternative ideas in the same vain as Gogglebox and The Last Leg.
. She said that bringing back TFI Friday wasn't just an exercise in nostalgia and that the one-off special was watched by a younger audience who hadn't experienced the show the first time around.
. She also said that the channel was always on the lookout for new innovative ideas especially when it came to entertainment and lifestyle formats.

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