C4 lines up Jamie Oliver show, “Educating Essex” spin-off

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is lining up shows that look to better audience's wallets and lives, with money-saving series from Jamie Oliver (pictured) and Kirstie Allsopp on its upcoming schedule.
May 16, 2013

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is lining up shows that look to better audience’s wallets and lives, with money-saving series from Jamie Oliver (pictured) and Kirstie Allsopp on its upcoming schedule.

Jamie’s Money Saving Meals (working title), a new show from chef Oliver, will feature nutritious family meals made using restaurants’ money-saving secrets. Fresh One Productions 6 x 30-minute series also ties into Oliver’s latest book, Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less. The series will broadcast later this year.

In another money conscious series, Channel 4 Features has tapped Glasgow-based indie Raise the Roof Productions for Fill Your House For Free.

The 4 x one-hour series, airing in the summer, will see property and interiors expert Kirstie Allsopp help families who want to makeover their homes, but are short on cash. Using tricks of the trade, Allsopp and her team will open up a furniture store, where all the items are free.

Fill Your House For Free will show how to restore and upcycle old furniture.

Elsewhere, Finestripe Productions will produce Fishwick out of Water (w/t), starring self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick as he goes on a mission to make money anywhere in the country. The 6 x one-hour series, airing in 2014, will drop Fishwick somewhere in the UK with just £1 (US$1.50) in his pocket, which he must use – along with his business savvy – to try to make a fortune from scratch.

Launching later this year, Undo Me is a 6 x one-hour series from Remarkable Television that sees Katie Piper (Katie: My Beautiful Friends) help men and women who have made bad beauty decisions -  tattoos, extensions and permanent make-up – across Britain. She will also find the latest beauty fads and look at why they are so popular and how they are marketed to British consumers.

“We are delighted to be able to show wonderful Katie in a new light: all guns blazing as a beautician, mentor and above all an inspiration,” said commissioning editor Katie Boyd.

Piper was a model and presenter before an attack where sulfuric acid was thrown in her face. She is now a philanthropist and was the subject of C4′s Katie: My Beautiful Face.

Another familiar name to Channel 4, Stephen Drew from Educating Essex, is set to head up his own series, All Back to School (w/t). In the Ricochet-made 6 x one-hour series, Drew will send parents and their troubled children back to school.

Drew and his team of specialists will take children aged nine to 12, who are on the brink of expulsion from school, to a residential summer school, where their parents will witness their child’s bad behavior in the classroom.  It has a fall air date.

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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 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.