London-based content distributor Digital Rights Group (DRG) is partnering with British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV to co-commission Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen for the UKTV lifestyle channel Good Food.
Produced by Swedish prodco Splay One, part of the NENT Group, the 8 x 30-minute series (pictured) follows the British chef as she prepares traditional Swedish dishes “with a twist,” from the kitchen of her “stuga,” an old-style Swedish dwelling. Khoo also immerses herself in the culture and scenery, meeting with local food producers and craftspeople and making the most of her new way of life.
Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen was commissioned by DRG’s SVP of acquisitions, Mette Kanne-Behrendsen (who serves as EP), and UKTV’s commissioning editor, Kirsty Hanson. It was ordered for Good Food by Vicky Walker, channel director.
DRG retains the international rights for the series and will officially launch it to international broadcasters at next week’s MIPTV market in Cannes. It also aligns with the company’s strategy to be fully involved with all aspects of content, from development and financing, to commissioning, production and distribution.
“When we heard that Splay One, a sister company within the NENT Group, were talking to Rachel Khoo we were very excited,” said Kanne-Behrendsen in a statement. “Rachel is such a fresh talent and her mouth-watering recipes, combined with the stunning Swedish backdrop, make for a compelling watch. I could immediately see this series finding a home with UKTV’s Good Food, so was delighted that they agreed and we were able to co-commission it in partnership.”
“Having lived in Sweden for the past few years, Rachel is the perfect person to help Good Food viewers explore the country’s culture and food,” added Hanson. “The series is not only beautifully shot, but also the Swedish landscapes are breathtaking and escapist. A relatively undiscovered culinary history, the simplicity of the dishes really translates well on screen.”