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After the Realscreen Reality Gold Rush / What Do Brits Watch? High Quality Docs in Prime Time! Top UK Factual FY’11 (#36-70)

The message at sold-out Realscreen 2012 was “Welcome to the Reality Gold Rush!”

The vibe was all business.

It was an honest industrial experience that had more in common with a trip to Arkansas to pitch Walmart than with the fading glamour of the international program development process at, say, MIP.

  • The hotel was locked down against lobby rats, badge swappers and other kinds of gatecrashers.
  • Delegates flocked between sessions and pitch meetings in search of some pick or shovel of knowledge that might uncover their “Eureka!” moment.
  • Harried commissioners coped with pitch meetings that were often double-booked and timed to the minute.
Our consulting team continued our engagement– begun at History Makers — to support a delegation of top producers from Singapore that was led by the Media Development Authority.
  • Many thanks to all who joined in that effort!
Then, aching from that never-ending flight from Washington, and eager to take a break from Reality overload, I disembarked at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport.
  • And what was the very first sign that blocked my path as I stepped out of the gangway?


UK Factual Ratings 2011

So, it’s a great pleasure to shift our focus to the #2 English-speaking market.

A friend shared a recent a top level report on the average ratings for UK Factual and Documentary programs broadcast last year.

  • Our list below shows #36-70 (sometimes with abbreviated titles)
  • The data demonstrate the wonderful and enduring British appetite for Unscripted programs delivered across an eclectic range of topics and formats

In our next post from ‘Marvelous Melbourne’:

  • Watch out for the UK’s #1-35
  • And our Takeaways
36Inside the Human BodyBBC 17.54271Science Series
37Kate in CanadaITV17.54280Curr Affs Special
38Strictly KosherITV17.44266Obs Doc Series
39The DalesITV17.44226Obs Doc Series
40Great British WeatherBBC 17.44237Science Series
41The Real ThumberlinaITV17.24171Bio
42Britain’s Royal WeddingsBBC 17.24105History
43MadagascarBBC 27.14063Travel / Nat Hist
44The Betty Driver StoryITV17.14028Pop History
45SmugglersITV16.93974Investgn / Series
46Will Kate – Their WordsITV16.93951Current Affs
47Famous, Rich + In the Slums w/Comic ReliefBBC 16.93976Travel / Comedy
48Motorway CopsBBC 16.93950Cop Doc Series
49Secret MediterraneanITV16.93917Travel
50Wonders of the UniverseBBC 26.83905Science
51One Born Every MinuteCH46.83889Obs Doc Series
52Natural Treasures LiveBBC16.83887Hist / Travel
53Attenborough / Giant EggBBC26.83873Nat History
54Britain’s Royal WeddingsBBC 16.73859History
55Will Kate: Royal Love StoryBBC 16.73856Bio
56The Queen’s PalacesBBC16.63816Hist / Travel
57Poms In ParadiseITV16.63790Trav / Lifestyle
58The Secret MediterraneanITV16.63763Doc
59MadagascarBBC26.53730Nat History
60The Lakes (Series 2)ITV16.53690Travel Series
61Supersize AmbulanceBBC16.43664Obs Doc Series
62The DalesITV17.44226Obs Doc Series
63The Real King’s SpeechCH46.43637History
64Martin Clunes: Man / MantaITV16.43632Nat History
65One Born Every MinuteCH46.33618Obs Doc Series
66Nature’s Miracle BabiesBBC16.33610Nat History
67SextupletsITV16.23548Nat History
68Sir Jimmy SavilleBBC 163467Bio
69The Lakes at ChristmasITV163429Travel Series
70Bang Goes the Theory: Japan EarthquakeBBC 163414Science