One Born Every Minute

One Born Every Minute is a British observational documentary series which shows activities taking place in the labour ward. The first series aired on Channel 4 in 2010, the second in 2011. Series 7 made its debut on 10 March 2015. This factual series is produced by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions, which is part of Shine Group.

One Born Every Minute
GenreReality television
Narrated bySteven Hartley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series11
No. of episodes112
Executive producer(s)Magnus Temple and Nick Curwin (series 1)
Peter Moore and Sanjay Singhal (series 2)
Producer(s)Series 1: Jonathan Smith (series producer)
Series 2: Francesca Newby (director of production), Lucy Bowden (series producer) and Lorraine Charker-Phillips (series director)
Production company(s)Dragonfly Film and Television Productions (part of Shine Group)
Original networkChannel 4
Original release9 February 2010 
9 May 2018
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One Born Every Minute

In February 2011 an American version of One Born Every Minute premiered in the USA on Lifetime Television and in August 2011 a French adaptation named Baby Boom premiered on France's TF1. There have been two seasons of the American show and five of the French.[1][2] There have been nine UK series.


One Born Every Minute has to date achieved the highest ratings of any "fixed rig" multicamera documentary series, with its most popular episodes attracting audiences in excess of five million. The "rig" technique for making factual television was pioneered by Dragonfly founders Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple, in partnership with Channel 4 commissioning editor Simon Dickson, in 2008. It was first used successfully on The Family (BAFTA nominated in 2009 and 2010).


The first series won a 2010 BAFTA for best factual series; the second series was nominated for a 2011 BAFTA for best factual series.[3] Airlock, who designed the interactive and multimedia material to accompany the series, were nominated for a 2010 BAFTA "New Media Award".[4]

International versions

CountryNameNetworkDate premiered
 France Baby Boom TF1 23 August 2011
 USA One Born Every Minute Lifetime Television 1 February 2011
 Sweden En unge i minuten TV4 7 March 2011
 Israel Baby Boom Channel 10 2013
 Czech Republic 2018
 Denmark One Born Every Minute Kanal 4 2018
 Australia One Born Every Minute Network 10 22 October 2019



The 2013 edition of the Comic Relief telethon featured a three-way spoof/mini-episode aired under the One Born Every Minute title and logo: a parody of the show's format with appearances by the cast of Call the Midwife along with Matt Smith as the Doctor from Doctor Who and closing narration by Vanessa Redgrave.[6]

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