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Channel 4
"Leicester Announcers"
60s
1 August 2016
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We live in divisive times. Old prejudices have been given new energy by the capricious outcome of June's referendum on EU membership, and across the Atlantic we're one bad news day for Hilary Clinton from the possibility of America electing a President so breath-takingly stupid that he doesn't even know he's a fascist.

What better time then for Channel 4 to remind us of their joyous raison d'Ítre? The broadcaster and other enlightened agencies have been so successful with their pro-diversity agenda that - in some ways - you could be mistaken for thinking it isn't an agenda that's needed any more.

It is, of course. While the lot of LGBT people, disabled people, non-white people and women has - to a greater or lesser extent - improved since Channel 4's foundation in 1982, recent events have illustrated the underlying fragility of this progress.

So what better time to celebrate the diversity found in Leicester? Long seen as the centre of English multi-culturalism, its residents revel in the role of guest continuity announcers in this delightful, inclusive film.

Keep at it, Channel 4, we need you more than ever.

Massive Attack (feat. Ghostpoet)
"Come Near Me"

Gary said:

Beautifully stripped back and memorable for all the right reasons.


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Channel 4
"Leicester Announcers"
60s
1 Aug 2016
While the lot of LGBT people, disabled people, non-white people and women has - to a greater or lesser extent - improved since Channel 4's foundation in 1982, recent events have illustrated the underlying fragility of this progress. So what better time to celebrate the diversity found in multi-cultural Leicester?

Channel 4
"Book Shop"
20s
26 Jul 2016
We'd love to know what Dylan Moran's morose bookseller, Bernard Black, would make of chirpy Ian here. The proprietor of Tin Drum Books continues Channel 4's experiment on Leicester's Narborough Road by announcing one of the broadcaster's programmes. In this instance, it's The Job Interview - an ordeal Ian happily hasn't endured for forty-eight years.

Channel 4
"Luigi"
30s
26 Jul 2016
Channel 4's trip along Leicester's Narborough Street takes them to Luigi's barbershop, where the silver-haired snipper has a go at introducing Child Genius to the viewing masses. While the broadcaster's usual announcers needn't fear for their long-term employment, we can't help but appreciate Luigi's insistence that his hair looks good for the cameras. Most professional.

Channel 4 Paralympics Coverage
"We're the Superhumans"
2 mins 53s
14 Jul 2016
While Rio's main event is bogged down by fears about the Zika virus and by the banning (or otherwise) of athletes from Russia and Kenya because of systematic cheating, the Paralympics is left to hold aloft the torch of Olympic ideals all by itself. The scale and importance of these Games has lifted it from a cultural after-thought to a series of events so much more in keeping with the Olympian ideal that there may come a time when it completely eclipses its able-bodied equivalent.

Channel 4
"Gay Mountain"
90s
6 Feb 2014
Once upon a time, Channel 4 would routinely find ways of subverting major events. Over the years, these efforts have become diluted so it's fantastic to see some of their mischievous spirit returning in the shape of this admirable piece of protest. 'Gay Mountain' is as provocatively flippant as anything Channel 4 produced in its heyday and we should all be proud of the broadcaster for taking this brave stance.

Channel 4
"Psychopath Night"
60s
5 Dec 2013
This terrific ad for Channel 4's themed night is designed to tell us all we need to know (and probably more) about the "ruthless breed who lie, manipulate and sometimes murder, with no hint of conscience or remorse", as it says at their site. Apparently many psychopaths are company bosses - as you will have noticed.

Channel 4
"The Mating Season"
90s
17 May 2013
A newly-single character decides - after a lifetime of faithfulness and the demise of his partner - to go out and explore the world of modern dating in all its dubious glory. The long-lived tortoise - for this is our hero - discovers all manner of things... but nothing really catches his fancy until some squeaky wheels come along.

4Seven
"Idents"
50s
5 Sep 2012
A pair of cleverly reconstructed new idents for Channel 4. The idea of a hidden figure appearing magically from different shapes coming together is now well established and the manner of the reveal is ever more cunning... DAVID especially likes the first of these two.

The Big Fish Fight
"Four Big Chefs"
20s
1 Jan 2011
In previous years, Channel 4 has launched a series of New Year cookery programmes with a bit more pizazz than this but that's austerity for you. Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are going to be doing something with fish.

One Born Every Minute
"Conveyor Belt"
20s
26 Dec 2010
Babies on a conveyor belt are used to illustrate another series of Channel 4's ongoing documentary set in a birthing unit. The cuteness of the final product cuts a contrast with the trauma of its arrival but this trail concentrates on the former.

Channel 4
"It's All Free"
90s
6 Jul 2009
This highly amusing film advertising Channel 4's online service has stars of the station apparently working in a supermarket. Jon Snow is a good sport, as ever, Derren Brown and Sarah Beeny are among the other luminaries contributing to the fun.

Channel 4
"Supermarket"
60s
3 Jul 2009


Britain's Forgotten Children
"Dream"
27s
3 May 2009


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