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BBC orders “Project Interiors”, “Hot Property”

British pubcaster BBC and digital streaming Netflix have ordered an interior design competition series from Darlow Smithson Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group UK, for its BBC2 channel. Tentatively titled Project Interiors ...
October 4, 2018

British pubcaster BBC and digital streaming Netflix have ordered an interior design competition series from Darlow Smithson Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group UK, for its BBC2 channel.

Tentatively titled Project Interiors (pictured), the eight-part series sees 10 designers compete via design challenges with the aim of winning a design contract with a prestigious commercial client.

The series will be judged by former editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration magazine, Michelle Ogundehin as well as special guest judges Mary Portas, Jade Jagger and Matthew Williamson. Over the course of the series, a different guest judge will share their expertise to help Ogundehin evaluate which team of budding designers has achieved the best design and who will be eliminated from the competition that week.

Netflix has acquired the global rights on the design competition series after it airs on BBC2 in the UK.

The series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and David Brindley, head of BBC popular factual commissioning. Catherine Catton will be the commissioning editor for the BBC and Nathaniel Grouille for Netflix.

Elsewhere, digital-only programmer BBC3 has commissioned an in-house dating series hosted by online star Yung Filly.

Hot Property (8 x 20 minutes) gives those looking for love the chance to snoop around the homes and meet the friends of potential dates in order to decide if they want to go out with them.

Each episode begins with Yung Filly showing the singleton a possession owned by five potential suitors to help build a first impression of each person as they whittle their options down to three. Yung Filly will then guide them around the homes of their chosen suitors to learn as much as they can about each person by looking at how they live, and to ultimately choose two to keep in the running. After the snooping, the singleton has the chance to meet the person closest to the remaining potential dates before one suitor is chosen.

Hot Property was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC3, and the executive producers are Jo Smith and Max Gogarty for BBC3 in-house production.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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