BBC unveils cooking show, sets “Boom Town” airdate

BBC3 will air the structured reality program Boom Town (pictured) in mid-August, while BBC2 is lining up Raymond Blanc: How To Cook Well.
June 20, 2013

BBC3 will air the structured reality program Boom Town (pictured) in mid-August, while BBC2 is lining up Raymond Blanc: How To Cook Well. 

Knickerbockerglory’s 6 x 30-minute series celebrates Britain’s eccentric people, including aspiring rapper Cream, Kev the witch, and self-proclaimed ladies’ man Jonny Nash, by placing them in scenes that enhance the entertainment.

Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment acquired the hybrid reality series from Knickerbockerglory in March.

“Everyone in Boom Town is 100% real,” said Karl Warner, executive editor, entertainment. “It might be hard to believe but it’s true, and Knickerbockerglory have done a great job of producing a BBC3 series that feels genuinely original.”

Boom Town is unlike anything we have ever made before,” added  Jonathan Stadlen, MD of Knickerbockerglory. “Taking real-life people one would normally see in a documentary and producing them with the genre conventions of a sketch show has made it the most exciting and creatively interesting project to work on.”

Meanwhile on BBC2, Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc is set to give a masterclass in basic cooking techniques in a series airing this summer called Raymond Blanc: How To Cook Well. 

Over six weeks, Blanc will feature the techniques needed to make five dishes per episode, ranging from straightforward dishes to restaurant standard.

Chocolate Media produces the series.

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