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Theme Festival - Factual Entertainment


Theme Festival - Factual Entertainment

Company overview

We take a close look at the best factual entertainment shows from around the world that can be added to schedules to build audiences.

Programming Profile

Facing the fact-ent


Factual entertainment programming has fared well over the past year as audiences look for upbeat and relatable content and networks seek low-risk routes back into production.


In many respects, factual entertainment has been the perfect TV genre for a world battling to keep up its spirits in the face of a global pandemic. Whether it’s the escapism of travel and adventure series, the reassurance of cooking and DIY, or the intellectual diversion of social experiments, factual entertainment has been able to hit virtually every note on the Covid-19 emotional register.


True, it has had to confront the same production challenges as other genres – but this hasn’t proved too disruptive, says All3Media International’s senior VP of non-scripted, Rachel Job.


“Last spring was a bit scary when all production stopped, and there have been a few productions, like Race Across the World, that have had to be postponed,” she says. “But, on the whole, producers have found ways to make these shows under Covid protocols. Some of our shows, like Gogglebox, have proved to be very Covid-friendly, because they are emotionally upbeat and can be made in a controlled production environment.”