A further 18 episodes of Real Life are planned, although recruitment of the production companies involved is still in progress with nine slots for the series out to tender.
Real Life is positioned by the network as its showcase for UK documentary talent, which it hopes 'will tell stories that people care about'. The show started its Monday night run at 22.00 this week.
Commissioned by series editor Stephen Lambert for ITV controller of documentaries and features Grant Mansfield, the new run of Real Life commissioned so far consists of six episodes to be made by ITV companies, with two indies lined up to produce programmes so far with a third production company about to be signed.
The ITV companies are Granada Productions (Ann Hawker); Scottish TV (Ross Wilson); two programmes from LWT by David Wise and David Nath; Yorkshire (Brian Kay) and Meridian (Andy Webb).
The two independents engaged for the next series are Century Films with Nick O'Dwyer as director and Principal Films (Stephen Walker).
Lambert said he was still seeking programme ideas from production companies to complete the second run of the series.
'I'm looking for strong observational films about contemporary Britain, based on single characters or single groups of characters in single locations,' he said.
He added that he wanted the series to move away from 'anthology films' that tended to intercut between various subjects.