Channel 5 to broadcast student ‘sext’ doc series

The UK’s Channel 5 claims to be the first major broadcaster to air a student TV project after commissioning a light-hearted documentary on ‘sexting’ from pupils studying at the National Film & Television School.

Sexts (working title) comes from the NFTS’s TV entertainment department, with recent graduates and current students working on the project and the school’s head of television David G. Croft executive producing. It will broadcast over the summer.

Ben Frow, director of programmes, C5, said: “It’s crucial to support and nurture new talent in the TV industry. Through our relationship with the NFTS and this programme commission Channel 5 is doing just that.”

The doc will investigate ‘sexting’ – the act of sending sexually explicit messges and photographs by mobile phone -and feature case studies from “all walks of life and all ages”.

NFTS’s Croft said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for these TV students to experience the demands of professional programme making. It is also a testament to TV department here at the NFTS that Channel 5 is prepared to invest so seriously in talented young people.“

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