Silverlining Set To Clean Up With Dirty Doccie

Silverlining Press Release, 5 August 2019


‘The Secret World of Your Rubbish’ premieres on Channel 5 tonight


Audiences in the UK will get a fascinating insight into the lifecycle of their rubbish in a new documentary series from independent producers, Knickerbockerglory. The Secret World of Your Rubbish kicks off with the first of three one-hour episodes at 9pm on Channel 5 tonight.


“The theme of waste disposal is a pressing issue globally,” says Samantha Sintes, Global Content Sales Executive at Silverlining Rights. “That alone makes it interesting to buyers around the world, but it’s also a great mix of characters and unusual stories so the message comes across in both an accessible and entertaining way, adding further appeal for buyers.”


The Secret World of Your Rubbish will be the current pick of the litter on the Bristol-based distributor’s slate of Knickerbockerglory titles and offers a completely different take on an environmentally hot topic. Told through the eyes of people at the coalface of the war on rubbish, the series follows every conceivable waste journey in Great Britain. From sweet wrappers to road tyres, scrapping cars to excessive food waste, viewers will get an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour through the wormhole of their dustbins.


Executive Producer for Knickerbockerglory, Natalie von Hurter, confesses this was a fascinating series to make. “Meeting the ‘hidden army’ of waste workers who relentlessly hand-sort what we often mindlessly chuck away; understanding the sheer scale of the machines which pulverise plastic, cars and even aeroplanes; and seeing the colossal amount of food waste we generate every single day was a truly humbling experience.” she says.  


Britons throw away around 200 million tonnes of rubbish a year – the equivalent of 16 million double decker buses in weight. With access to the multi-million pound waste industry, this landmark access obs-doc series has a truly trashy story to tell.


Silverlining has a number of titles on its books which offer extraordinary insight into ordinary things. The Secret Life of… series of documentaries from Brinkworth Films goes behind the scenes to uncover what really happens in Airports, Cruise Ships and Hospitals, among others, all in 1 x 60’ formats. Snatch & Grab: Moped Gangs on the Rampage (1 x 60’ from Offline Films) sees producers go undercover with police, moped gangs and vigilante groups in a fascinating exposé.


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About Silverlining:  Founded by ex-Tigress Productions and Channel 5 commissioner, Bethan Corney, Silverlining was set up in March 2012 in response to a growing need from producers for help with finding funding to get their ideas into production.  Silverlining has raised more than £10 million in production finance for its clients from full commissions to co-productions for a variety of productions including: The Life of Earth from Space (Zee/Smithsonian); Volcanoes: Dual Destruction (Smithsonian); Harry and Meghan: Royal Rebels (Lifetime), Murderers and their Mothers (CBS Reality/Foxtel), Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest (Smithsonian/CBC/C4/ABC) and World’s Biggest Beasts (NGCI/N-24/France5).  In 2015, Silverlining expanded to become a distribution agent and represents a slate of over 460 hours of factual programming. Titles in the catalogue include Knickerbockerglory’s long running series GP’s: Behind Closed Doors, Brinkworth Films’ critically acclaimed documentaries The Accused, The Abused and Married to a Paedophile and Shotglass Productions’ Hot Docs Winner, World’s Oldest Exotic Dancer.


About Knickerbockerglory: Jonathan Stadlen formed this independent production company in 2011 with a very clear goal: make shows we love. It’s been doing that very successfully, to the extent that in 2016 and 2017 it made more documentary hours than any other TV company in the UK, according to Knickerbockerglory themselves. These include six series of GPs: Behind Closed Doors (230 x 60’ for Channel 5); two series of Stage School (60 x 30’ for E4) and South Side Story (12 x 30’ for BBC3). Knickerbockerglory prides itself on making shows that challenge prejudices and stereotypes.

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