Hosted by Ben Shephard (GMTV, The Xtra Factor, Krypton Factor), Safebreakers is a fast paced, engaging series (8 x 60’) that encourages engineering enthusiasts to utilise their mind power and problem solving panache. Each week the series sees two teams build two vehicles in a mechanical challenge that will push them to their limits. It’s a race against each other to access the seemingly inaccessible safe and crack the code to win £5000. Shot mainly in South Wales including the spectacular Caerphilly Castle. Exec Produced by Jilly Pearce and Series Produced by Paolo Proto.
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Channel 4 is to go truly interactive for a new live series from the team behind Embarrassing Bodies. Commissioned by Channel 4’s Features Team, Diagnosis Live from the Clinic will enable viewers with medical concerns to seek advice and be ‘seen’ by the doctors from the comfort of their own homes during the prime time show.
The 6 x 60 minute studio-based series will use video calling to offer the public appointments with Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Dawn Harper along with guest specialists during live broadcast. The series is focussing on live medical advice and consumer health care. The doctors will be arming the caller - and the viewer – with practical advice and information on what treatments and services are available to them both on the NHS and privately.
Each week the Diagnosis Live from the Clinic doctors also aim to diagnose and offer advice for specific ailments or conditions with the help of specialists, in areas such as dermatology or podiatry, providing a second opinion and specialist advice. Alongside the live cases there will be various consumer items featuring tests on over the counter medicines, led by Dr Pixie McKenna, and insight into popular procedures such as laser eye surgery. A dedicated team will be on standby during the show to handle the submissions from people wanting to apply for an appointment whilst the programme is on air. Pre-booking will also be possible via www.channel4.com/clinic
Diagnosis Live from the Clinic will have a huge presence on channel4.com and live web chats with specialist doctors will take place directly following the television programme each week. This adds to the existing portfolio of health-related content on channel 4.com developed by Maverick.
Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis goes behind closed doors at three of the biggest names in UK retail – Liberty, Boots and Habitat - to expose the secret world of buying for the first time. In a twist, these buyers aren’t turning to their trusted suppliers for the next big thing. Instead they’re gambling on the talents of the British public in their quest to find the best and most innovative new products. Tonight, Liberty opens its doors to hundreds of would be designers and inventors – but how many will have what it takes?
Claire McArdle is joining Maverick from Channel 4 where she was most recently Commissioning Editor, Education. She’ll take up a key role within Maverick’s expanding multiplatform department, which recently picked up the Royal Television Society’s judges award for Innovation, and a Digital Emmy nomination for Embarrassing Bodies: Live.
Previously Claire spent two years as Digital Commissioning Manager at 4iP, working closely with departments across Channel 4, commissioning nine companies new to Channel 4 and executive producing many of the productions. She also managed relationships with external partners including The Tate, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Arts Council. Claire has formally held roles as Development Manager at Channel 4 Nations & Regions, and at The Comedy Unit.
Dan Jones, Head of Multiplatform at Maverick said: “I’m delighted Claire has chosen to join Maverick, and have been hugely impressed whenever we’ve worked together in the past. She brings the perfect balance of commissioning and exec producing experience to our team as we grow into new areas, including entertainment, interactive documentary, and live, and continue to expand our significant slate of factual work. She shares our sensibilities, as a regional company aiming to create striking public service content, as well as echoing our commercial aspirations.”
After the success of series’ including Embarrassing Bodies and Sectioned, Maverick is to produce a new series that will examine children and teenagers suffering from behavioural and emotional mental health issues. The series will follow the progress of young people suffering with a range of conditions from depression to internet addiction when assigned support from mental health experts.
Maverick’s new ob-doc series will see fashion guru Gok Wan tackling teenage issues, from appearance to bullying and sexuality. Building upon the success of How to Look Good Naked, Gok will draw upon his own personal experiences to help give contributors the self belief they need to tackle their body confidence issue.
Maverick has been commissioned by Sky 1 to produce Mediators, a 10 x 60” factual entertainment series, which will bring warring neighbours together in an attempt to resolve escalated and ongoing feuds threatening to destroy otherwise peaceful neighbourhoods. This dramatic new series will capture the conflict in the homes of clashing neighbours and follow their journey as the Mediators are sent in to try and defuse the situation.
Our new interactive video player has launched, initially for the new Channel 4 series The Model Agency. The player contains hundreds of exclusive clips taken rushes, and tagged in a way that allows users to ‘choose their own adventure’ and construct their own narrative journey based on themes and characters of interest. The player, built using a product developed by our friends at Clyk can then be rolled out for other shows. We’re especially pleased with the huge levels of engagement the player is creating amongst fans of the show, and the number of clips they are each viewing.
Our latest online health product is My Healthchecker, a self testing application allowing users to register and take tests for everything from BMI to ADHD, hydration levels to lung function. Results are securely stored and can be compared by the user to those of others, by occupation, location, age, ethnicity and gender. Version 2 will contain 11 new tests along with significant new functionality. My Healthchecker will launch initially on the Embarrassing Bodies website, before being rolled out for further Channel 4 shows, on Facebook, and by the NHS.
Billy Connolly will be travelling the world’s most famous highway, Route 66, in a new four part documentary series produced by Maverick Television for ITV1. The Big Yin turns Easy Rider and follows a lifelong dream as he makes the iconic 2488 mile journey from Chicago to Santa Monica. Photograph: Mark Atkinson/ITV