Reef, C4 on hunt for “The French Collection”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped London-based Reef Television to produce the new "artifactual" series The French Collection (pictured) and a second season of Selling Houses.
November 26, 2013

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped London-based Reef Television to produce two series – The French Collection (pictured) and a second season of Selling Houses.

The two series will air on Channel 4 in 2014, with The French Collection (working title) set to air in a daytime slot.

That 15 x 60-minute series features three amateur vintage dealers shopping for items at secondhand stores in France with the plan to sell them in the UK for a profit.

The French Collection, hosted by Mark Franks (Life Laundry, House Call) will give contestants one day to buy an item, one day to renovate, and one day to sell it. The dealer with the most profit at the end of the day wins.

Meanwhile, Selling Houses is set for a second season, after a first series run on C4′s sister network More4.

The 20 x one-hour property show sees host Amanda Lamb take three homeowners to view other houses in the neighborhood up for sale.

In every episode Lamb will give advice on what the home-sellers should do to stand out from their competition, with a £1,000 (US $1,600) makeover to entice a prospective buyer as the prize.

Both series will be executive produced by Reef’s head of popular factual, Alex Dundas.

“We’re delighted to be working with Channel 4 on a second series of the hugely successful series, Selling Houses, snooping around the houses in a newly invigorated property market,” said Richard Farmbrough, managing director of Reef Television. “French Collection is a really fresh take on a territory loved by the viewers – it’s going to be a glossy, fast-paced and sun-drenched competition around collectible markets on both sides of the Channel.”

“Amanda’s property expertise will bring a fresh approach to the second series of Selling Houses,” said Channel 4 daytime commissioning editor, David Sayer. “And with all of us on the lookout for a bargain these days, it’s great to have Mark bring his eye for a deal to bear on French Collection.”

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