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Channel 4 orders raft of self-care series

A raft of factual series focusing on slimming down, fashion makeovers and self-improvement is headed to UK pubcaster Channel 4.
July 17, 2015

A raft of factual series focused on self-care and personal grooming are headed to UK pubcaster Channel 4.

Among three recent commissions by the British pubcaster’s Features arm is the tentatively titled 3 x 60-minute medical help series Never Seen a Doctor, Never Seen a Dentist. Produced by Little Gem, the Katie Piper-hosted series examines individuals who – due to financial woes or fear – have never sought medical attention.

The series will examine the cost of shying away from medical maintenance – from chronic acne to crooked teeth – and what can be done to alter one’s self-image. Exec produced by Little Gem’s Ben Gale, the series was commissioned by Channel 4 features commissioning editor Kate Teckman and head of features Gill Wilson.

Elsewhere, the Shine TV-produced Made Over By (working title) is to focus on one woman’s attempts to remove herself from a daily wardrobe of T-shirt and jeans and expand her fashion options.

The 4 x 60-minute series will follow the woman as she meets with three different fashion groups competing to overhaul her closet while boosting her confidence. Ultimately, she will be left to her own devices to apply everything she’s learned from the fashionistas and reveal her new made-over self. The series is exec produced by Shine TV’s Tanya Shaw and Lorna-Dawn Creanor, and was commissioned by Channel 4 features commissioning editor Lizi Wootton and Gill Wilson.

Finally, Channel 4′s Crash Test Dieters will investigate the dieting habits of British weight-watchers. With the help of Dr. Xand Van Tulleken and dietician Hala El-Shafie, the tentatively titled Little Gem-produced series follows six dieters on three dieting time-frames of seven to 10 days, six weeks, and four months. The series aims to determine whether these methods of slimming down actually achieve their desired goals. Alex Menzies and Gill Wilson have commissioned the series for Channel 4, and Ben Gale will serve as executive producer.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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