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C4 commissions Naked’s “Himalaya High”

British pubcaster Channel 4 has greenlit the tentatively titled social experiment series Himalaya High from Simon Andreae‘s Naked Entertainment. The 3 x 60-minute series will seek to test the theory that white ...
June 8, 2017

British pubcaster Channel 4 has greenlit the tentatively titled social experiment series Himalaya High from Simon Andreae‘s Naked Entertainment.

The 3 x 60-minute series will seek to test the theory that white working-class boys, who are falling behind their classmates in their GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results, perform significantly better alongside peers in a multicultural environment.

Himalaya High is to follow a group of five British boys who have all struggled academically and failed. They will spend five months immersed in an Indian boarding school, in hopes of transforming their academic potential.

Naked’s Andreae (pictured) and Tom O’Brien serve as executive producers on the series. 

Channel 4′s head of fact-ent Kelly Webb-Lamb and fact-ent commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby ordered the series.

“Evidence suggests that where white working class boys are taught alongside peers with different ethnic backgrounds they perform better,” said Lazenby in a statement. “We’re supersizing this notion in the hope that a summer of education in India can turn some teenagers’ academic lives around and give them a better start in adult life.”

About The Author
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.

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