Channel 4 orders “Rich Kids,” “Polar Bear Feast”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered three one-off specials, including PopKorn TV's Rich Kids of Instagram (pictured), and projects from Fresh One and Renegade Pictures.
November 11, 2015

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the factual special Rich Kids of Instagram (pictured) from London-based factual indie PopKorn TV.

The documentary, which will air across C4′s new Education channel, will follow the elite offspring of the world’s 1% as they document their everyday excesses in order to share on popular social media websites, from snaps on superyachts to selfies on private jets.

The one-off film aims to provide insight into the youth beyond the photos and explore the real lives of the world’s most affluent youngsters in an attempt to source what drives them to show off their luxuries.

Rich Kids of Instagram was commissioned by Emily Jones, commissioning editor for Channel 4 Education. Rory Wheeler and Colin Moxon serve as executive producers, with Osca Humphries set to produce and direct.

Elsewhere, the British pubcaster has commissioned the festive dinner special Jamie’s Early Christmas from Jamie Oliver’s indie Fresh One.

Hosted by the British celebrity chef, the hour-long special will provide audiences with a raft of tips and tricks on how to avoid the most common mistakes in the kitchen while improving upon already prepared Christmas Day meals.

“I’m sharing all my tips, hacks and shortcuts to make sure you cook the ultimate Christmas meal,” Oliver said in a statement. “We know some people are nervous, we know some people are cooking for the first time, and with guests to feed there’s added pressure, so we’re going to be there to help you make your big day a total success.”

Commissioned by Rich EvansJamie’s Easy Christmas premieres on Christmas Eve.

Finally, Channel 4 has also commissioned the Renegade Pictures-made hour-long film The Great Polar Bear Feast.

The one-off special will celebrate the annual natural phenomenon that occurs on the isolated Arctic coast of Barter Island, Alaska, in which an estimated 80 polar bears – solitary hunters in their own right – gather in September to feast on hunter-harvested bowhead whale carcasses.

Following renowned polar bear scientist Todd Atwood of the U.S. Geological Survey, the special will document the rapid decline of polar bear populations in the South Beaufort Sea while tracking the lives of two polar bear mothers, Anyu and Nanook.

Viewers will follow the pair’s struggle to keep themselves and their cubs alive through the GPS tracking collars and tiny video cameras that Atwood and his team have affixed to the two polar bears in order to assess their health.

Alan Hayling serves as executive producer for The Great Polar Bear Feast, with Andrew Graham-Brown directing and producing. The film was commissioned for Channel 4 by Sara Ramsden.

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