Channel 4, the UK broadcaster, has revealed its lineup of programming for the spring season, headlined by the documentary Depp vs Heard, directed by BAFTA-nominated director Emma Cooper. The three-part series will explore the high-profile legal battle between Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, focusing on the infamous defamation trial that captured the world’s attention last year.
The series, which will investigate issues around gender, violence, and justice in the post-truth era, will be part of Channel 4’s new lineup of “purposeful, provocative but never predictable” programming.
Chief Content Officer Ian Katz hopes that the channel’s programming will stimulate discussion and debate about the world in which we live.
Partygate: The True Story and Other Programs Announced
In addition to Depp vs Heard documentary, Channel 4’s spring slate includes Partygate: The True Story, a docudrama exploring the political scandal that rocked Downing Street during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The channel also announced The Pill with Davina McCall, a follow-up to her documentaries on menopause, and the UK version of the international survival show Alone.
Evacuation will provide an inside story of the British military’s campaign to evacuate Kabul airport in 2021, while The Climate Emergency Season aims to spur on tangible changes to address the climate crisis.
Channel 4.0, a platform dedicated to youth content, was also launched at the Content Showcase, underscoring Channel 4’s commitment to engaging young audiences through a digital-focused commissioning strategy. The platform has already garnered 100,000 subscribers since its launch five months ago.
Returning Programs and New Commissions
The Windsors, a satirical comedy about the British royal family, will return for a fourth season, with Harry Enfield reprising his role as King Charles III.
The channel has also announced several new commissions, including Gender Wars, Secrets of the Female Orgasm, Andrew: The Problem Prince, A Paedophile In My Family: Surviving Dad” (w/t), Untold Series 2, Amputating Alice, and Adam Hills: Grow Another Foot.
Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz, believes that the channel’s lineup of programming speaks to the concerns of young British viewers, covering topics ranging from politics to gender identity to climate change.