UK’s Fantastic 50 Documentaries, 2016. Plus 25 Lifestyle Hits. The Brexit Predictors. And More!

What happened with UK punters in 2016?

  • It was the year when Britain charged headlong out of the ‘hood and into a free trade agreement with nifty New Zealand.
  • Factual TV audiences didn’t behave as oddly as UK voters.
  • But 2016’s hits revealed lots of homely ‘Brexit-predictors.’

Olde Englande:

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Elizabeth At 90: A Family Tribute

Categories

  • We broke out two unscripted categories:
    • Documentaries (Top 50).
    • Lifestyle/Hobbies (Top 25).
  • Like Nielsen’s, the BARB categories and sub-genres are full of anomalies.
  • But they help paint a useful landscape of enduring quality programming that is unmatched by any other territory.
  • (BARB’s Current Affairs category also includes strong Factual programs.)

Analysis

Documentaries

Here is the Top 50, Documentaries UK for 2016 (in thousands).

 Program Sub Genre ‘000
1 BBC 1 Planet Earth 2 Natural History 13,143
2 BBC 1 Countryfile Natural History 8,763
3 ITV Ant + Dec met the Prince Celebrity 7,687
4 BBC 1 Elizabeth at 90 Human Interest 7,463
5 ITV Our Queen at 90 Celebrity 7,065
6 ITV The Queen’s 90th celebration Celebrity 6,678
7 CH4 Gogglebox Human Interest 5,774
8 BBC 1 Who do you think you are? Human Interest 5,450
9 ITV Killer women + piers morgan Human Interest 5,285
10 ITV Tribute to Vict. Wood Celebrity 5,176
11 ITV Long lost family Human Interest 5,166
12 ITV The cruise Fly on the Wall 5,080
13 ITV Paul O’grady: love of dogs Fly on the Wall 4,980
14 BBC 1 The chronicles of nadiya Human Interest 4,864
15 ITV When phillip met prince philip Celebrity 4,847
16 BBC 1 Ambulance Human Interest 4,808
17 BBC 1 How to stay young Human Interest 4,629
18 BBC 1 David bowie: sound and vision Celebrity 4,473
19 BBC 1 Pompeii History 4,473
20 ITV Britain’s favourite dogs Natural History 4,433
21 BBC 1 Sir terry wogan remembered Celebrity 4,351
22 ITV Britain’s busiest airport Fly on the Wall 4,351
23 BBC 1 The great british bake off Fact Ent 4,279
24 BBC 1 Strictly len goodman Celebrity 4,260
25 BBC 2 The real marigold hotel Fact Ent 4,228
26 BBC 2 The real marigold: japan Fact Ent 4,178
27 BBC 1 Life in the snow Natural History 4,163
28 ITV Joanna lumley’s japan Celebrity 4,115
29 BBC 1 Peter kay: 20 years of funny Celebrity 4,053
30 ITV The force Human Interest 4,030
31 ITV Davina mccall: life… extreme Natural History 3,978
32 ITV Paul o’grady’s love of dogs Fly on the Wall 3,969
33 BBC 1 Forces of nature with brian cox Natural History 3,944
34 ITV Best walks with a view Natural History 3,897
35 BBC 2 The real marigold: florida Fact Ent 3,845
36 CH4 Speed with guy martin: f1 Science/Medical 3,763
37 ITV Sugar free farm Human Interest 3,739
38 BBC 1 Traffic cops Crime/Real Life 3,729
39 BBC 2 Louis theroux: savile Human Interest 3,717
40 ITV Billy connolly’s america Celebrity 3,709
41 BBC 1 Koko: the gorilla Natural History 3,701
42 BBC 1 The doctor who gave up drugs Science/Medical 3,663
43 BBC 1 Nature’s miracle orphans Natural History 3,658
44 BBC 1 Great Barrier Reef / Attenborough Natural History 3,653
45 BBC 1 Six wives with lucy worsley History 3,634
46 CH4 The island with bear grylls Fact Ent 3,604
47 BBC 1 The vikings uncovered History 3,511
48 CH4 Guy martin’s wall of death: live Miscellaneous 3,501
49 BBC 1 Saving lives at sea Human Interest 3,466
50 BBC 1 The truth about dementia Human Interest 3,460


Hobbies / Lifestyle

And the Top 25, Hobbies / Lifestyle UK for 2016 (in thousands).

 Program Sub- Genre ‘000
1 BBC 1 The Great British Bake Off Cookery 15,899
2 BBC 2 Top Gear Auto 6,421
3 BBC 1 Antiques Roadshow General 6,116
4 BBC 1 Masterchef Cookery 5,913
5 BBC 1 Celebrity masterchef Cookery 5,689
6 BBC 1 Eat well for less? Cookery 5,248
7 BBC 1 Fake or fortune? General 4,757
8 BBC 1 Diy sos: the big build Home 4,736
9 BBC 2 Bake off creme de la creme Cookery 4,427
10 BBC 1 The rhs chelsea flower show Gardening 3,742
11 ITV Love your garden Gardening 3,696
12 BBC 2 Masterchef: the professionals Cookery 3,658
13 ITV Caught on camera General 3,406
14 BBC 2 The great british sewing bee General 3,382
15 BBC 2 Mary berry’s foolproof cooking Cookery 3,328
16 BBC 2 Mary berry’s easter feast Cookery 2,994
17 BBC 2 Victorian bakers Cookery 2,944
18 CH4 Location, location, location Home 2,886
19 BBC 2 Springwatch Gardening 2,797
20 ITV Gino’s italian escape Cookery 2,765
21 CH4 Grand designs DIY 2,716
22 BBC 1 Antiques road trip General 2,712
23 ITV Gino’s italian escape Cookery 2,690
24 BBC 1 Flog it! General 2,679
25 BBC 1 Lose weight for love Home 2,621

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Speaking Engagement:

AIDC 2017
Melbourne, March 5-8

Instant Documentary: So you think you know Live Video?

  • LIVE! video is immediate, unscripted, and it loudly rings the bell for “authentic”.
  • Broadcasters and Cab/Sat channels are green-lighting live prime time ‘events’ as well as series. And they’re commissioning hybrid forms of live content for their social media platforms. Their targets are the young viewers who are drifting away from the channels. Dominating the conversation is social media, where viewing of LIVE mobile video content has exploded.
  • This panel explores how producers, channels and online content services are all testing live video solutions that will compete in a Facebook and YouTube world. The panelists describe the demanding editorial, technical and scheduling challenges of delivering LIVE programming.
  • Learn why LIVE! is the wave of the future, driven by channels who are redefining themselves as video-based brands that operate across platforms, and as social media leaders double down on their investment in original video content.

Speakers

Laura Fleury, A&E, New York
Nicola Harvey, Buzzfeed, Sydney
Graham Wallington, WildEarth, Johannesburg
Michael O’Neill, ABC, Sydney
Moderator: Peter Hamilton (ex-Sunshine Tech)