C4 orders “Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder” sequel

UK net Channel 4 has commissioned RDF Television to produce a follow-up film to its hit one-off doc about a man considered to be the United Kingdom's most extreme hoarder (pictured).
March 8, 2012

UK net Channel 4 is to revisit the home of a British man who is considered the United Kingdom’s extreme hoarder for a follow-up to the RDF Television-produced single documentary Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder.

Mark Raphael, commissioning editor for the pubcaster, has ordered Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder: Follow-Up (working title), another 1 x 60-minute doc about Richard Wallace, the Surrey man whose home is so crammed with things that it takes him 40 minutes to go from his living room chair to the front door. Filmmaker Christian Trumble will direct for RDF (a Zodiak Media company) and Tayte Simpson will executive produce.

Filming will take place over six months and follow Wallace and his neighbors as they continue to deal with his compulsion. The film’s distributor, Zodiak Rights, will showcase the sequel during MIPTV in Cannes, France this April.

The original film aired last year as part of Channel 4′s ‘Cutting Edge’ strand and became 2011′s highest-rated one-off documentary for the network, with more than four million viewers tuning in.

“Richard has only just begun the process of dealing with his extraordinary situation,” said Simpson. “As he attempts to tackle the inside of his home, his relationship with the village is evolving and becoming more complicated.”

Zodiak Rights sold the first doc, retitled Extreme Hoarder for the international market, to TLC in the United States and Canada; RTL for German-speaking Europe, VTM in Belgium and Inflight Productions NZ (New Zealand). More territories will be announced soon, according to the distributor.

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