Shorts continue to be a central part of Channel’s VOD service, All 4. Following the premiere of the rebooted Trigger Happy as a series of new shorts, All 4 switches from funny to scary this month, as it prepares for Halloween with Fright Bites.
Spooky shorts not your thing? Follow Lewis Hancock on his journey to dealing with coming out as a trans person to his loved ones and peers in A Trans Guide to Winning at Life, or Fletcher Cowans, who takes us through the steps of How To Be A Socialite (pictured). From couples taking the big step of a first holiday together to some surprising bikers hiding beneath helmets and motorcycle leather, here’s what’s on the way in the next month:
A Trans Guide to Winning at Life (14th October)
Join Lewis as he navigates the difficult and unique journey of coming out to his loved ones as transgender.
Over the course of these six uplifting shorts, Lewis takes us back in time to tell his story, from coming out to his mum and trying to fit in at school to his life now with girlfriend Sophie.
Episode 1: Coming Out To Mum
Lewis looks back at coming to terms with being Transgender and breaking the news to his mum.
Episode 2: Love Ya Selfie
Episode 3: How To Polish A Turd
Lewis gives us the rundown of his hatred for being dressed as a girl.
Episode 4: The Bad Dad Club
This short explains the turbulent relationship between Lewis and his dad.
Episode 5: Fitness Freak Fail
A look at Lewis’s body issues as a transgender teen.
Episode 6: Getting The Girl
Lewis tells us how he eventually found love with Sophie.
How To Be A Socialite (Available now)
Living the high life as a socialite may look easy, but staying at the top of the social ladder is a tougher job than it seems.
Man-in-the-know Fletcher Cowan takes us on a tour of high society. Through a series of six sophisticated shorts, we master the art of running with the ‘it-crowd’ and truly becoming a socialite.
Episode 1: Work
Bip Ling takes us through a working day, showing us how the socialite life is not all champagne and caviar.
Episode 2: Parties
Henry Conway’s party etiquette tips are a must-listen before one can even think about having it proper large.
Episode 3: Fashion
Fashionista and Soho original Philip Sallon imparts his must-have style advice for all budding socialites.
Episode 4: Love
Find out all you need to know about not only finding love, but dating your way up the ladder.
Episode 5: Health
From vitamin drips to Voga, it is vital to look after yourself if you want to hit the socialite scene hard.
Episode 6: Polo
With the country set a whole new level of posh, we find out exactly how to up our game to join in.
Fright Bites (22nd October)
Just in time for Halloween, these six sinister shorts give you bite-sized frights for getting freaked out on the train to work.
Episode 1: Shortcut
A bad boyfriend takes a short cut and risks losing more than just his way.
Episode 2: Tickle Monster
Late night bants turn to terror.
Episode 3: Squeal
A pair of circus misfits claim meaty revenge on a school bully.
Episode 4: Night Cap
Nightmares lurk outside a child’s imagination.
Episode 5: Wake
A grieving man gets more than he bargains for when he visits a former lover’s open coffin.
Episode 6: Old Gal
When Jane thinks the woman outside her house is crazy, she has no idea how right she is.
First Breaks: Couples Abroad (Available now)
A first holiday together as a couple can be a big step. In these shorts we meet four couples who are putting this to the test by going abroad together for the first time.
Episode 1: Karen and Andrew
Adventure seeking Adam tries to compromise on his break with sun worshipper Karen.
Episode 2: Ben and Simone
Can sunny Corfu fix Ben’s technology problem and focus more on Simone?
Episode 3: Vish and Saira
Saira hopes self-confessed workaholic Vish will learn to spend more time together.
Episode 4: Ben and Caroline
In love after three months, this holiday puts their true love to the test.
Unlikely Bikers (Available now)
These six shorts will invite you into the world of the motorcycle experience and meet the individuals for whom riding has become a symbol of freedom and power. To them, it’s more than a mode of transport; motorcycling is a form of expression and a lifestyle choice that brings together people from different walks of life.
Unlikely Bikers introduces us to those who live for beautiful machinery, helmets and leathers, including the likes of Claire, a paralysed ex horse-rider, and Ray, the revving reverend.
Episode 1: The Reverend
Ray Biddis has found a very unique way to combine the two passions in his life.
Episode 2: The Glamour Model
Candice loves nothing more than squeezing into her leathers and enjoying a thrill ride.
Episode 3: The Crusader
Leo Chester uses his bike to bring balance to his life while spreading the word.
Episode 4: The Bionic Woman
Claire Lomas has swapped one horse power for another after a life-changing accident.
Episode 5: The Legal Eagle
Andrew Dalton prefers to swap his courtroom wig for his crash helmet whenever he can.
Episode 6: The Suit
Joyan may work as a smartly dressed business woman but is really a sexy leather clad biker.
Watch Channel 4’s shorts on All 4 at www.channel4.com/shorts.