History Creator / Channel4

2nd Oct '16 7:43:52 PM nombretomado
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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox, NBC and Comedy Central ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/King of the Hill}}'', ''{{ER}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Family Guy}}'', ''{{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).

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It has been the UK licensee of some significant US shows over the years, especially Fox, NBC and Comedy Central ones, including ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/King of the Hill}}'', ''{{ER}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Family Guy}}'', ''{{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).
23rd Jul '16 12:40:19 PM nombretomado
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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 ''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.

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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 ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. More recently it has become well-known as the British pioneer of RealityTV, including the UK version of ''BigBrother''[[note]]until ''Series/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.



Channel 4 also usually means controversy. It holds the current record for channel with the most complaints about one of its shows (for ''Celebrity BigBrother''). It does an "Alternative Queen's Speech" every Christmas and has wandered into the realms of sex far more than the other channels.

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Channel 4 also usually means controversy. It holds the current record for channel with the most complaints about one of its shows (for ''Celebrity BigBrother'').Series/BigBrother''). It does an "Alternative Queen's Speech" every Christmas and has wandered into the realms of sex far more than the other channels.
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}}''.
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