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RDF starts construction on “Britain’s Most Expensive Home” for C4

UK prodco RDF Television, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned by British pubcaster Channel 4 to produce a doc about the construction of billionaire John Caudwell’s lavish new home ...
January 22, 2020

UK prodco RDF Television, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned by British pubcaster Channel 4 to produce a doc about the construction of billionaire John Caudwell’s lavish new home in London’s Mayfair.

Britain’s Most Expensive Home: Building for a Billionaire offers exclusive access to the building site of one of the most “epic” homes ever to be renovated in the UK.

The one-hour doc follows the massive project, covering almost 50,000 square feet and built in the narrow confines of historic Mayfair, as it goes over budget and falls behind schedule forcing Caudwell to cajol builders and designers to deliver on his vision.

The project was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for features and formats at Channel 4, and is executive produced by Dan Barraclough at RDF. All worldwide rights to Britain’s Most Expensive Home: Building for a Billionaire are owned by Banijay Rights.

“This incredible access gives us a glimpse into the world of the truly mega wealthy, where every whim can be realized, but where things can still go wrong, as on any building site,” said Barraclough in a statement.

“At the heart of the program is the intriguing character of Caudwell himself — a tough taskmaster, but also a committed philanthropist. He is a man with huge wealth, but one who still counts the pennies, the boy from Stoke who has set his heart on a home in the ‘old money’ world of Mayfair. It makes for a fascinating character portrayal.”

A premiere date has not yet been set.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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