UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a slate of populist investigative series from Glasgow-based Firecrest Films and The Great British Bake Off-creator Love Productions.
Firecrest Films’ investigative culinary series Secrets of Our Favourite Foods (w/t; 2 x 60 minutes) will shadow chef, restaurateur and presenter Simon Rimmer as he revisits Britain’s best-loved food items – including Angel Delight, Smash, Lyons Maid ice cream and Babycham – to examine what was in them, how they were marketed and why they became so popular.
Elsewhere, Love Productions is commissioned to produce a health pilot featuring Great British Bake Off contestant Dr. Tamal Ray and Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton. Be Your Own Doctor will focus on the ways in which people can keep healthy while investigating why individuals turn to the Internet to determine their illnesses rather than visit their family doctor.
Rimmer and Quilton will also star in the betty-made Tricks of the Restaurant Trade (pictured), which has been ordered as a four-part series. The series, which also features reporter Adam Pearson, will expose how consumers can receive the best quality food while eating out, while also revealing the techniques restaurants use to make customers spend more.
The network has also recommissioned consumer program Supershoppers for a six-part series and hour-long Christmas special from Firecrest Films. The investigative program looks at retailing, marketing and branding to determine why we buy what we buy. It is presented by Anna Richardson and Andi Osho.
All series were ordered by C4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne.