ITV orders docuseries “Big Family Mansion”

A group of extended family members attempt to live together under one roof in Big Family Mansion, a Plimsoll Productions-made series that will debut in the UK next year.
November 19, 2014

British broadcaster ITV has ordered the docuseries Big Family Mansion from London- and Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions.

Due to air on 2015, the series looks at extended members of the same family – including grandparents and great-grandparents – who spend one month living together in the same house.

Cameras follow the relatives as they put their homes up for sale, move in together, establish rules and negotiate cleaning, meals, child care and other living arrangements. At the month’s end, they decide whether to live permanently together or move out.

“From Shameless to The Waltons, multi-generational family living has always provided more than its fair share of entertainment,” said Plimsoll Productions chief executive Grant Mansfield in a statement, adding that the show will not only present a portrait of a family but give the family in question “an intimate look into their own family dynamics under one roof.”

Mansfield is exec producing Big Family Mansion along with Karen Plumb. ITV’s director of factual Richard Klein and controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davies commissioned the series.

Formerly the CEO of Zodiak USA, Mansfield launched Plimsoll a year ago. The company focuses on producing reality and wildlife programming for UK and American broadcasters. Its credits include Prom Crazy: Frocks and Ferraris for ITV and the hybrid comedy format You Should See My Family for the BBC.

Former BBC and Discovery Channel exec Andrew Jackson joined the company as exec VP of international production in August.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.