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Channel 5 orders titles from Crackit, Raise The Roof and Motion Content Group

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Glasgow-based indie Raise The Roof Productions and Motion Content Group for a six-part series about families searching for the ultimate quality of life. The ...
May 10, 2019

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Glasgow-based indie Raise The Roof Productions and Motion Content Group for a six-part series about families searching for the ultimate quality of life.

The 6 x 60-minute Twice the Life for Half the Price helps families looking to leave their cramped, suburban properties find their ideal home, whether that’s a house by the sea or a cottage in an idyllic village. Host Kate Humble (pictured) will offer tips and support, and motivation to those eager to leave the rat race behind.

The series was commissioned at Channel 5 by Emma Westcott, commissioning editor factual and features. The executive producer for Raise the Roof Productions is Andrew Jackson and the executive producer for Motion Content Group is Melanie Darlaston.

Twice the Life for Half the Price is set to premiere later in the year on Viacom-owned Channel 5.

Elsewhere, London-based TV prodco Crackit Productions is producing a number of stand-alone docs for Channel 5 and sister network 5Star.

Three women share their stories of sexual slavery in Snatched and Sold for Sex. The women reveal how they were taken from their normal daily lives and held against their will to work as sex workers by their captors, as well as how they masterminded their escape and subsequently rebuilt their lives.

Eating Ourselves to Death, meanwhile, will chronicle the stories of three individuals afraid they’ll never see old age due to their obesity. In addition to following those who are “eating themselves to death,” the documentary examines Britain’s rising obesity rate and its impact on the healthcare system and economy.

Teacher’s Pet: Seduced By My Teacher will feature the stories of three young people who share first-hand accounts of falling in love with their teacher, including Rachel whose infatuation with her teacher at the age of 13 developed into three years of calculating abuse.

Rounding out the commissions are Husbands from Hell, in which women exchange stories of their husbands’ behavior that pushed them to the brink, and My Dad the Paedophile, which documents three women as they reveal how their pedeophiliac fathers subjected them to years of abuse before bringing them to justice.

Digital channel controller Sebastian Cardwell commissioned the aforementioned documentaries.

The one-off films will roll out across 5Star and Channel 5 over the next six months.

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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