Cutting Edge (TV series)
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|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||49 minutes|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Picture format||PAL (576i, 16:9)|
|Original release||February 1990 – present|
There have been numerous episodes since 1990 and some of the highlights include:
Shops and Robbers
Original airdate: 1994
Received some of Channel 4's highest ratings.
Graham Taylor: An Impossible Job
Original airdate: 24 January 1994
About England national football team's unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. Manager Graham Taylor was harshly criticised by the tabloid press during these two years (1992–93), and the fly-on-the-wall documentary revealed a stressed team camp. It also gave birth to Taylor's catchphrase, "Do I not like that" (a statement rather than a question) and Phil Neal's touchline comment "Can we not knock it, boss ?"
Anti-Social Old Buggers
Original airdate: 22 June 2005
Blind Young Things
Original airdate: 30 April 2007
A Boy Called Alex
Original airdate: 24 January 2008
This documentary follows 16-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer Alex Stobbs as he attempts to conduct Bach's Magnifcat at Eton College. This was followed by a second documentary in October 2009 called "Alex: A Passion for Life", which examines Alex's life as a music student at King's College, Cambridge.
The Human Spider
Original airdate: 15 April 2008
Cutting Edge covered Alain Robert, one of the most daring climbers in the world, on some amazing free climbs around the globe.
Madeleine Was Here
Original airdate: 7 May 2009
Aired two years after the disappearance of missing child Madeleine McCann.
Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story
Original airdate: 1 October 2009
About the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard with interviews with people close to Jaycee when she was young, including family members, classmates and her headmistress.
Katie: My Beautiful Face
Original airdate: 29 October 2009
Followed the recovery of former model Katie Piper from a brutal acid attack, and which with 3.3 million viewers was the most-watched edition of the Cutting Edge strand in 2009; Piper's case has been subject to a large international response, and following the success of the original documentary Piper was invited to give Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message for 2009.
The documentary was nominated for "Best Single Documentary" at the BAFTA Television Awards in June 2010, but did not win - the trophy was awarded to BBC One's Wounded. The previous month, director Jessie Versluys had won the Breakthrough Talent prize at the 2010 Craft BAFTA ceremony, for her credits including Katie: My Beautiful Face and The Hospital.
Octomom: Me and My 14 Kids
Original airdate: 12 November 2009
The Men Who Jump Off Buildings
Original airdate: 28 July 2010
About Dan Witchalls and Ian Richardson, who participate in the adrenaline sport, base jumping.
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Original airdate: 18 February 2010
Follows four Gypsy and Traveller brides as they plan their wedding day. Screened in February 2010, drew 4.5 million viewers and was subsequently commissioned for a spinoff series called Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. This proved to be successful, with the second episode getting 7.4m viewers at its peak.
Production company(s): Firecracker Films
Raoul Moat: Inside the Mind of a Killer
Original airdate: 18 August 2010
Looks at the 2010 Northumbria Police manhunt and the following investigation.
My New Brain
Original airdate: 25 August 2010
Follows 20-year-old Simon Hales as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury.
Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath
Original airdate: 20 August 2012
The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day
Original airdate: 19 February 2013
Production company(s): Mentorn
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- Rostance, Tom. "BBC Sport - Do I not like that: 20 years since Graham Taylor's World Cup failure". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Hereford students' key role for Blind Young Things". Hereford Times. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "A Boy Called Alex". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Alex: A Passion for Life". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Cutting Edge". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Madeleine Was Here". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Captive for 18 Years: Jaycee Lee". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Katie: My Beautiful Face". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Television Awards Winners in 2010 - TV Awards - Television - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
- "Television Craft Awards Winners in 2011 - Craft Awards - Television - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. 2011-05-08. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
- "Octomom: Me and My 14 Kids". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "The Men Who Jump Off Buildings". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding". Channel4.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jason Deans (19 February 2010). "TV ratings: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding presents Channel 4 with 4.5m viewers". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Orange Swapables | Mobile TV". Orange.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "BBC News - My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Why is it a hit?". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "The Raoul Moat Tapes:...". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "My New Brain". Channel4.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.