Channel 4, the UK’s leading broadcasting network, has announced an array of captivating series set to premiere on its rebranded streaming service in the coming months. The new additions, available for free to viewers, promise to deliver riveting storytelling and diverse narratives.
Among the highly anticipated acquisitions is “Dr. Death,” a gripping drama based on the immensely popular podcast of the same name. Inspired by the horrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, an esteemed figure in the Texas medical community, the series delves into his charismatic rise and the chilling reality of his actions. “Queer As Folk,” Stephen Dunn’s vibrant reimagination of the original series by Russell T. Davies, follows a group of friends in New Orleans as they navigate the aftermath of a community-shattering tragedy.
Another notable addition is “Becoming Elizabeth,” a drama created and written by Anya Reiss. The series chronicles the formative years of Queen Elizabeth I as she becomes entangled in the political machinations of the English court, striving to secure the crown. “The Girl from Plainville” brings to life the dramatic limited series inspired by Michelle Carter’s real-life trial. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend’s suicide through text messages, Carter’s story captivates as it unfolds on screen. Additionally, “Cruel Summer,” executive produced by Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple, weaves a thrilling tale across three summers in the 1990s, where a girl vanishes from a small Texan town, leaving another girl to mysteriously assume her identity.
In addition to these acquisitions, Channel 4 will continue to offer highly anticipated originals. “Screw,” the hit prison drama created by Rob Williams and starring Nina Sosanya and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, will return for a new season. Crime thriller “Before We Die” led by Lesley Sharp will also make its highly awaited comeback, alongside the brand-new comedy drama “The Change,” created by and starring Bridget Christie, which explores a woman’s invigorating journey through menopause.
Channel 4’s streaming service boasts a comprehensive selection of the best comedy, drama, documentaries, reality shows, lifestyle programs, and films. Viewers can access this world-class content, as well as acclaimed international titles from Walter Presents, all free of charge.
The introduction of these new shows coincides with Channel 4’s adoption of a unified brand across its linear and streaming platforms, ensuring a seamless viewing experience for audiences. Whether streaming or watching live on televisions, tablets, or mobile devices, viewers need only search for Channel 4 to discover iconic series and programs that authentically reflect communities across the UK, as well as the finest international acquisitions.
Audiences can look forward to an enhanced streaming service, offering increased personalisation features to help viewers quickly find the content they desire. Additionally, Channel 4’s premium streaming offering, Channel 4+, will grant exclusive early access to shows. The network also plans to expand its live streaming availability on various platforms, including Amazon and Samsung devices. Furthermore, Channel 4 remains committed to improving accessibility by adding more subtitles and audio descriptions.
Zaid Al-Qassab, Chief Marketing Officer at Channel 4, expressed enthusiasm for bringing beloved and fresh programs to British viewers. The consolidation of all shows under the iconic ‘Channel 4’ brand will simplify the search for high-quality content, making it even easier for younger audiences to discover and stream the best television available in the UK.
Channel 4’s free streaming service continues to dominate the market, with recent data showing record-breaking numbers. In April alone, viewers streamed over five billion minutes of content, driven by popular shows like “Married At First Sight Australia,” “Made In Chelsea,” “Gogglebox,” “Hollyoaks,” “Taskmaster,” and new series like “Rise and Fall,” “Scared of the Dark,” and “Tempting Fortune.”
The exciting summer lineup of new content announced by Channel 4 includes:
Dr. Death, Series One – 8×60″ Acquired from NBCUniversal, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Queer As Folk, Series One – 8×60″ Acquired from NBCUniversal, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
The Girl From Plainville – 8×60″ Acquired from NBCUniversal, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Becoming Elizabeth, Series One – 8×60″ Acquired from Lionsgate, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Cruel Summer, Series One – 10×60″ Acquired from Entertainment One (eOne), viewers can stream and watch live on E4.
The Change – 6×60″ Produced by Expectation, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Screw, Series Two – 6×60″ Produced by STV Studios, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Before We Die, Series Two – 5×60″ Produced by Eagle Eye Drama, viewers can stream and watch live on Channel 4.
Channel 4’s commitment to delivering compelling and diverse programming continues to make it a go-to platform for viewers seeking exceptional content.