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Realscreen January/February 2019

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047 My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2018 was: Basquiat: Rage to Riches — BBC2's fantastic feature doc on the legendary New York artist. Expertly directed and featuring Basquiat's sisters talking about him on screen for the very fi rst time, this was essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in the downtown New York scene of the late '70s and '80s. I never thought they'd make a program about: Working from home… which sounds quite dull until you put The Sex Business in front of it and voila, you have one of the most talked about shows of the year. Bravo to Channel 5 for tackling something taboo but in such unfl inching detail. The program/series/doc people will be talking about in fi ve years is: Dynasties — BBC. Just when you thought natural history couldn't get any more epic, the BBC go and do it all over again with a survival of the fi ttest struggle that raised the bar once more. The best factual content I've seen online this year was: Wild Wild Country — Netfl ix. Extraordinary documentary series about the Bhagwan Rajneesh that more than justifi ed its six episode run-time. Gripping and eye-opening in every sense. The most positive development in the non-fi ction/ unscripted content industry this past year was: The number of opportunities to produce content ADAM JACOBS Executive producer Woodcut Media without restrictions on length of program, number of episodes or indeed, subject matter — anything goes and we'll fi nd a home for it somewhere! The most troubling development in the non-fi ction/unscripted content industry this past year was: The scarily supreme superiority of the feature doc and the high-bar set by Netfl ix in the documentary series space — Evil Genius, The Staircase, Wild Wild Country, the list goes on… The idea I wish I thought of was: The Art of Drumming — Sky Arts. Even if you aren't a drummer or thought you had any interest in drumming, this show changed your mind very quickly. The buzzword I don't want to hear in 2019 is: Authentic — the best non-scripted ideas shouldn't need to have this in the pitch. My New Year's resolution for 2019 is: To strive and create something unique, resonant and memorable that will be on this list for someone else next year, hopefully for the right reasons!

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