- 6x60 BBC Two
- from Wednesday January 11 2017
One of the most demanding programmes we have ever made, but also one of the most rewarding.
The inspiration was a show Simon commissioned in 2010 while still at Channel 4 – Seven Days – which (although it wasn’t a hit) was the first reality series to tell the story of a community (in this case, people living and working in London’s Notting Hill) using multiple camera crews and fast-turnaround editing.
Patrick Holland, the new channel editor of BBC TWO, asked us if we could adopt a similar approach inside an NHS trust, to tell the story of our healthcare system in unprecedented times.
We were delighted when – after months of discussion – London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust agreed to take part, and gave us access to not just one but all five of their hospitals.
The series reveals the extraordinary dilemmas faced every week by the consultants, surgeons and bed managers, all of which have profound consequences for the patients in their care.
Standing in their way are limited resources, an ever-increasing number of patients and a clock that never stops ticking.
Hospital is the result of a phenomenal team effort. The series producers are Gilly Greenslade and Tom Currie, the series editor is Graeme McAulay, the production manager is Letisha Kidza and our co-exec is Helen Littleboy. We’d like to thank all the brilliant producers, directors and editors that worked on the series, as well as our fantastic commissioning editor Danny Horan, his colleagues at The Open University who co-funded the programmes, and of course all the patients and staff at Imperial – especially their press officer Madeleine Childs.
- 5x60 Channel 4
- from Tuesday July 12 2016
The first series we created together, from an original idea by Lorraine, and a good example of our trademark "make 'em laugh make 'em cry" approach to formatted documentary.
The Job Interview takes the fixed-rig approach Simon first used in 2007 for The Family to another level. It uses multiple cameras to reveal in detail for the first time the terror and triumph of real-life interviews, highlighting every nuance from initial handshake to potentially life-changing job offer.
It's been a challenging show to make, as instead of being able to "cast" the contributors as we would in a regular documentary, we were entirely reliant upon the individuals who replied to the real-life job advertisements, and whose skills and experience made them, in the opinion of an independent recruitment adviser, suitable candidates for interview.
We made a pilot of this show at the tail end of 2015 and we were delighted when the C4 docs team of Nick Mirksy, Madonna Benjamin and Alisa Pomeroy greenlit a full series. It's been great working with them on the show as they are very supportive and add lots of value.
The senior team on this series is Anshu Ahuja, Genna Gibson and Warren Smith.
We'd also like to thank all the bosses and real-life jobseekers who took part.
Who we are
At Label1, we think of ourselves as a “best of both worlds” creative unit. On the one hand, we’re part of ITV Studios, with its global reach and awesome reputation. On the other, we’re nimble, spirited and self-propelled – just like an indie start-up. We exist to make best-in-class big-scale factual television that captivates big audiences, satisfies the most demanding broadcasters, and moves our favourite genre forwards. We’re unashamedly populist, and yet we’re not afraid to take risks in pursuit of talked–about TV.
Meet the team
Recognised as one of the industry's most mercurial and provocative creative thinkers, Simon is best known for taking a left field approach to mainstream popular factual subjects. BAFTA-nominated for Discovery/Channel 4's The Plane Crash, his credits include stints at the helm of Bear Grylls' Wild Weekends, as well as multi-camera 'rig' shows One Born Every Minute and The Hotel, both of which he also commissioned during his time as deputy head of documentaries at Channel 4. Former MD of Dragonfly Film & Television Productions, Simon is a co-creator of 24 Hours in A&E and in 2015 led the team that refreshed and relaunched First Dates.
Lorraine co-founded Label1 with Simon in 2015, having worked with him on One Born Every Minute and The Hotel. She had a very successful two years as a commissioning editor for Sky, where she was responsible for a wide range of programming including Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, Air Ambulance ER and The Force, the network's hit 20-part series about the work of Greater Manchester Police. Previously an in-demand documentary director, her diverse CV includes blue-chip docs, The Secret Life of Norman Wisdom Aged 92 ¾ and Grandchild of the Holocaust.
Gilly joined Label1 in January 2016, having enjoyed successful stints in development at Talkback Thames, Shine and Remarkable. She is also an experienced filmmaker who specialises in bringing mischief and warmth to documentary and factual entertainment programmes. Her roster of popular series includes four seasons of The Apprentice (BBC One), Child Genius (Channel 4) and Mary Queen of Charity Shops (BBC Two). She's been in on the format revolution from the very beginning, having cut her teeth on Wife Swap (Channel 4), Faking It (Channel 4) and Ladette to Lady (ITV).
Jo joined Label1 in March 2016 from Twofour where she was Production Executive for over four years. Her experience stretches from specialist documentaries and ‘rig’ formats to big scale entertainment shows. Her credits include Drive (ITV), five series of the constructed reality … Weekender series (ITV2), Our School (BBC),the critically acclaimed Dementiaville (Channel 4) and three series of the Emmy, BAFTA and Grierson award winning Educating… (Channel 4)
Neil joined Label1 in February 2016 to produce and direct The Interview (Channel 4). Passionate about ‘funny factual’ programming, Neil has two BAFTA award winning credits to his name for First Dates (Channel 4) and The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4). Previously, Neil had spent five years working between Princess Productions and Shine TV, producing and directing a number of projects and developing ideas for commission which included Jewish Mum of the Year (Channel 4) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky1)