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Channel 5 orders “Council House,” “Holiday Airport”

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered the series Holiday Airport (pictured) and documentary My Million Pound Council House from Bristol-headquartered indie Plimsoll Productions.
February 18, 2015

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered the series Holiday Airport (pictured) and documentary My Million Pound Council House from Bristol-headquartered indie Plimsoll Productions.

Credits for the company – which is to open a West Coast office in Santa Monica this spring – include Big Family MansionProm Crazy and Life at the Extreme.

Holiday Airport is to follow individuals travelling through Liverpool John Lennon Airport, from those taking the cheapest flights to people flying in private jets to exclusive international destinations. The 7 x 60-minute series will also examine the daily activities of airport staff, such as paramedics, security and runway maintenance crews.

In addition, the broadcaster has commissioned the hour-long documentary My Million Pound Council House, which centers on the UK government’s “right to buy” scheme for council homes, allowing certain tenants the opportunity to buy their homes for subsidized prices. The show will feature interviews with various residents, including those who struck it rich by acquiring their homes, and those who chose not to buy.

Holiday Airport promises to tap into that pre-holiday excitement we all feel when we set off for the airport and pass through the departure gates,” said Michelle Chappell, commissioning editor for factual, news and current affairs at Channel 5, in a statement. “And My Million Pound Council House shines a fascinating light on those who won big thanks to ‘right to buy.’”

Karen Plumb, executive producer of Holiday Airport, added: “It’s great to be working with Channel 5 on this fresh and exciting new take on a holiday series. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is full of great characters who make sure that every holiday begins and ends at the airport.”

Plimsoll’s Grant Mansfield and Karen Plumb are serving as executive producers for Holiday Airport, while Kate Beetham is exec producing for Million Pound Council House.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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