CREATING TV & ORIGINALS WITH SPIRIT
Outsmarting is a 10-episode true-crime series for Channel 4 which interviews individuals who once outsmarted kidnappers, con artists and people who meant them harm.
Each episode focuses on a different story, including how to catch a stalker, escape an abusive relationship and arrest a scammer. The series can be watched on the Channel 4 Documentaries YouTube channel.
The Stand Up Sketch Show
The Stand Up Sketch Show is a new approach to stand up and sketch comedy, featuring established routines by some of the nation’s most popular comedians alongside brand new material from Britain’s up and coming talent.
Each sketch starts on stage with a comedian telling their story, before it transforms into a surreal dramatisation of the material with the comedian playing themselves alongside comedic actors and all dialogue being lip-synced. Each episode features eight to ten sketches of varying length and with many beats and bits coming from all sides. Some of the comedians taking part in the show include Seann Walsh, Joel Dommett, Russell Kane, London Hughes and Suzi Ruffell, alongside many, many more.
Comedy Against Living Miserably is a series of stand-up comedy specials starring some of the nation’s favourite comedians filmed in front of a live audience. Each episode is hosted by a headline act supported by three leading comedians from the UK comedy circuit.
Before taking to the stage, the comedians are invited backstage to talk to each other in an intimate, funny and honest way about their own issues relating to mental health and how they relate to the comedy routines they are performing that night. All the comedians performing donated their fee to CALM, which was matched by DAVE to deliver £100,000 to support anyone who is suffering from issues relating to mental health. The show also invited people to text to donate funds during broadcast.
Jordan Stephens hosts a groundbreaking conversation about mental health, music and systemic racism to mark World Mental Health Day 2020, featuring some of today’s most exciting Black British artists.
Bamous is a comedy entertainment show hosted by award winning comedian Dane Baptiste. The show is set in the heart of The Nasblaq, a mythical, ever-shifting stock index of the most prominent and up-and-coming black talent in the UK. It’s like the Kilimanjaro of black success – incredibly hard to ascend, full of hidden dangers and all too easy to drop off. Dane is joined by some if the most exciting comedy talent in the UK today, including Munya Chawawa, Toussaint Douglass, Lola Jagun and Thanyia Moore to take a satirical, hilarious, razor sharp and shamelessly provocative look at what it’s like to be black and famous, or as it shall now forever be known…BAMOUS. The show was commissioned by the BBC and is available on BBC iPlayer.
It’s A Sin:
4Studios commissioned and developed It’s A Sin: After Hours with Spirit, which featured guest turns from Neil Patrick Harris, Russell T. Davies, Stephen Fry and Clara Amfo. Airing on ALL 4 and Channel 4’s YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook and IGTV channels, the 15 minute accompaniment show followed the linear broadcasts of Red Production Company’s drama on Fridays at 10pm for the first run of the series. Hosted by comedian and writer Kemah Bob, it featured guests and cast members exploring issues raised by the drama through a modern lens. The series went on to win a Broadcast Digital Award for Best Digital Support for a Programme.
First Impressions is an innovative new dating format based entirely on gut instinct. Every episode, two complete strangers state their assumptions about the person opposite them: who they are, what they do, what they love and what they fear, based only on what they see. Once they know the truth, will they still want to date? The series is airing on Channel 4’s YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook and IGTV channels.
The Artists is an original scripted comedy series that follows the lives of a group of eccentric street performers set in the mythical buskers paradise of Wybridge. The characters treat the town as an underground artistic haven, the perfect place for them to perform their culturally significant and groundbreaking street performances. In reality, Wybridge is a regular English town, and its residents are completely unaware of its status as a legendary and ongoing weekly artistic festival. The series was created by Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award nominee Huge Davis and features an ensemble cast of exciting new comedy talent performing a mix of musical comedy, scripted scenes and improvised street performances in front of unsuspecting members of the public. The series airs on Channel 4’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV channels.
Two humans, one task, no instructions, who will be the successor? Tom Ward presented this brand new format where each episode he and a different and hilarious guest unboxed and competed to complete a baffling task, with no instructions. Hilarious and eclectic chat ensued.
Trigger Happy launched on All 4 in 2017 bringing the format back after more than a decade break. The short episodes mixed together some of the format’s trademark hidden camera stunts with new characters including an angry cyclist, a photobomber and a man who vapes too much.
You Are What You Tweet
Radio 1’s Alice Levine investigates the growing phenomenon of online shaming. She meets digital journalist Amelia Tait, who invented the term ‘Search and Shame’ to describe this trend, and has been documenting it over the past two years.