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History Creator / Channel4

19th May '16 4:50:43 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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In its early years it was mocked as "Channel Bore" for its perceived ultra-intellectual high-culture slant, and also mocked for its early red triangle on-screen graphic warning for potentially disturbing material, which many people viewed as a euphemism for Euroshlock. During the 1990s it moved in a more ratings-driven direction and came under sustained attack by MoralGuardians as "Channel Swore" or "pornographers to the nation" for the sexually-explicit and sexually libertarian nature of some of its comedy and drama programmes, including the debauched light-entertainment shows ''The Word'' and ''Eurotrash'' and the pioneering prime-time gay drama ''QueerAsFolk''. More recently it has become well-known as the British pioneer of RealityTV, including the UK version of ''BigBrother''[[note]]until it moved to Creator/ChannelFive in 2011[[/note]]. This and other developments led to some criticism that it had become too ratings-driven and abandoned its traditional interest in the arts and quality documentaries.

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In its early years it was mocked as "Channel Bore" for its perceived ultra-intellectual high-culture slant, and also mocked for its early red triangle on-screen graphic warning for potentially disturbing material, which many people viewed as a euphemism for Euroshlock. During the 1990s it moved in a more ratings-driven direction and came under sustained attack by MoralGuardians as "Channel Swore" or "pornographers to the nation" for the sexually-explicit and sexually libertarian nature of some of its comedy and drama programmes, including the debauched light-entertainment shows ''The Word'' and ''Eurotrash'' and the pioneering prime-time gay drama ''QueerAsFolk''.''Series/QueerAsFolk''. More recently it has become well-known as the British pioneer of RealityTV, including the UK version of ''BigBrother''[[note]]until it moved to Creator/ChannelFive in 2011[[/note]]. This and other developments led to some criticism that it had become too ratings-driven and abandoned its traditional interest in the arts and quality documentaries.
4th Mar '16 9:06:18 PM Mdumas43073
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* ''Film/HowILiveNow''
* ''Film/HowToLoseFriendsAndAlienatePeople''



* ''Film/HowILiveNow''
1st Jan '16 4:59:06 AM SimpsonsFan24
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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox, HBO and PBS ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/King of the Hill}}'', ''{{ER}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Family Guy}}'', ''{{Series/Sesame Street}}'', and ''{{WesternAnimation/South Park}}''. ''Friends'' in particular is subject to a severe case of AdoredByTheNetwork, with parodies suggesting that Channel 4 would shut down after airing the last ''Friends'' episode in 2004. In 2013 it achieved a first for a UK free-to-air network by licensing ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and getting permission to broadcast the episodes in the same week as their original US airing (although this may backfire since UK audiences expect a show to be on every week without random gaps).

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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox, HBO NBC and PBS Comedy Central ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/King of the Hill}}'', ''{{ER}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Family Guy}}'', ''{{Series/Sesame Street}}'', ''{{Series/Angel}}'', and ''{{WesternAnimation/South Park}}''. ''Friends'' in particular is subject to a severe case of AdoredByTheNetwork, with parodies suggesting that Channel 4 would shut down after airing the last ''Friends'' episode in 2004. In 2013 it achieved a first for a UK free-to-air network by licensing ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and getting permission to broadcast the episodes in the same week as their original US airing (although this may backfire since UK audiences expect a show to be on every week without random gaps).
1st Jan '16 4:59:06 AM SimpsonsFan24
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26th Dec '15 8:39:09 AM SimpsonsFan24
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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox and HBO ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''NYPDBlue'', ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''{{ER}}'', ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TheSopranos'', and ''Series/TrueBlood''. ''Friends'' in particular was subject to a severe case of AdoredByTheNetwork, with parodies suggesting that Channel 4 would shut down after airing the last ''Friends'' episode in 2004. In 2013 it achieved a first for a UK free-to-air network by licensing ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and getting permission to broadcast the episodes in the same week as their original US airing (although this may backfire since UK audiences expect a show to be on every week without random gaps).

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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox Fox, HBO and HBO PBS ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''NYPDBlue'', ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/King of the Hill}}'', ''{{ER}}'', ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TheSopranos'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Family Guy}}'', ''{{Series/Sesame Street}}'', and ''Series/TrueBlood''. ''{{WesternAnimation/South Park}}''. ''Friends'' in particular was is subject to a severe case of AdoredByTheNetwork, with parodies suggesting that Channel 4 would shut down after airing the last ''Friends'' episode in 2004. In 2013 it achieved a first for a UK free-to-air network by licensing ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and getting permission to broadcast the episodes in the same week as their original US airing (although this may backfire since UK audiences expect a show to be on every week without random gaps).
27th Mar '15 3:32:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''InBruges'' (with Focus Features)
* ''TheLastKingOfScotland''
* ''SlumdogMillionaire'' (with [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox Searchlight]])

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* ''InBruges'' ''Film/InBruges'' (with Focus Features)
* ''TheLastKingOfScotland''
''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''
* ''SlumdogMillionaire'' ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' (with [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox Searchlight]])
30th Jul '14 6:24:54 AM SeptimusHeap
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Not to be confused with FourChan, although if you watch shows like ''Eurotrash'' it can be hard to tell the difference.

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Not to be confused with FourChan, although if you watch shows like ''Eurotrash'' it can be hard to tell the difference.
Website/FourChan.
30th May '14 2:11:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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4's most famous show was the first one shown when it began transmitting: ''{{Countdown}}''.

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4's most famous show was the first one shown when it began transmitting: ''{{Countdown}}''.
''Series/{{Countdown}}''.
16th Mar '14 12:52:55 PM triassicranger
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* 47

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* 47
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16th Mar '14 11:08:51 AM triassicranger
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* 4Music (and its sister channels)

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* 4Music (and its sister channels)
4Music
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