Channel 4 to look back at The Jeremy Kyle Show in new series

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The Jeremy Kyle show came to an end in 2019 (Picture: ITV/REX)

Channel 4 is set to take a look back at The Jeremy Kyle Show in a new series.

The new show will focus on the impact the programme had on British culture before being axed two years ago

In 2019, it was announced that the show was being dropped by ITV amid growing scrutiny of the duty of care to participants and the death of guest Steve Dymond.

The new Channel 4 series, which is produced by the makers of Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, ‘aims to tell the wider story of The Jeremy Kyle Show, exploring the impact it had on British culture and the lives of those who appeared on it’.

The Jeremy Kyle Show ran on daytime schedules from 2005 to 2019. 

Channel 4’s senior commissioning editor of factual, Alisa Pomeroy, said: ‘These award-winning programme-makers will undoubtedly explore some incredibly important issues raised by the making of these types of programmes.

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The new series will focus on the show’s impact on popular culture (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

‘The film will also seek to explain why they had such mass appeal and generated a huge amount of social comment, which still continues today.’

The project will be produced by Barry Ronan and directed by Kira Phillips, whose other TV projects include Teachers Training To Kill and My Baby’s Life: Who Decides?

Executive producer Graeme McAulay added: ‘We’re hoping this series will contribute to a greater public understanding of the impact and complexities involved in programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show and explore why it continues to divide opinion.’

Meanwhile, it was announced last year that TV shows will face new rules on looking after its participants following scrutiny over The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island.

Ofcom has said that those taking part in TV and radio programmes must be ‘properly looked after’ by broadcasters.

The news comes after ITV recently announced contestants on the upcoming series of Love Island will be offered a minimum of eight therapy sessions after leaving the show.

Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV, has said there are no plans for Kyle to return to the broadcaster.

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