UK terrestrial Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a six-part series fronted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (pictured), in which the cook travels across the UK exploring the stories behind quintessentially British ingredients and dishes.
Each episode of Jamie’s Great Britain (6 x 60 minutes) will focus on a different city or region, with Oliver meeting local producers and celebrating regional dishes.
The series will be made by the chef’s indie Fresh One Productions and is due to air this fall. The exec producer is Zoe Collins and the series director is Mike Matthews.
C4 factual entertainment commissioner Dominique Walker said: “In Jamie Does… we saw Jamie Oliver traveling across Europe to experience local cultures through their food.
“In this new series we see him traveling across Britain, to discover the fascinating stories of how our own food, the dishes we think of as traditionally British, are actually a product of the rich melting pot of cultures that have made our country what it is today.
“The series will be part travelogue around our native isles and part social history of our cuisine, as well as containing many delicious and accessible recipe ideas from Jamie himself.”
In related news, C4 has confirmed – as expected – that it is recommissioning its ratings-winning ob doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings for a second season. A 6 x 60 minutes season of the Firecracker Films-produced title will air in early 2012.