Channel 4 Explores Britain in Love

by Lynn Connolly

Channel 4 has commissioned independent production company The Garden to make a seven-part series that will paint a portrait of love across a lifetime – from first kiss to last embrace.

Britain in Love has been greenlit by Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Aysha Rafaele, who said: “It will be an intimate survey of relationships in modern Britain – how we meet, fall in love, break apart and stay together. Each film will focus on a key juncture in one relationship, but will also feature interviews with the other couples from across the series – speaking to the universal theme of love.”

Creative Director of The Garden, Jonathan Smith said: ‘With all our work, we want to combine innovative filmmaking with popular storytelling. I hope Britain in Love will take the viewer into some privileged, private spaces that they rarely see; where they can watch other peoples’ relationships and hopefully learn a little about their own’.

Channel 4 Head of Documentaries, Hamish Mykura, said: “Observing couples and their relationships can be intriguing, informative and profound, and this series is set to be a moving portrait of love across the generations'”

The Garden was founded in June 2010 by Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple. Their first major commission was 24 Hours in A&E, a 14-part series for Channel 4 about the patients and staff in the A&E Department at Kings College Hospital.

The series was a critical and ratings success (average 3.2m) and has been followed by Seven Dwarves, currently on air and averaging 3.1m over the first two episodes. Seven Dwarves was Series Edited by triple Bafta-winner Jonathan Smith, who joined The Garden in 2010 as Creative Director.

Jonathan Smith and Magnus Temple will be the Executive Producers and Emma Tutty, Series producer from the first series of One Born Every Minute, will series produce. Britain in Love will broadcast in spring 2012.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.