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Discovery greenlights three home series for HGTV UK

Discovery UK has commissioned three home improvement-related programs for its HGTV channel. Anchoring the trio of greenlights is My Mortgage Free Home from Raise the Roof Productions. The 10 x 60-minute series will spotlight property ...
August 20, 2020

Discovery UK has commissioned three home improvement-related programs for its HGTV channel.

Anchoring the trio of greenlights is My Mortgage Free Home from Raise the Roof Productions.

The 10 x 60-minute series will spotlight property presenter Amanda Lamb as she helps families who want to move to a mortgage-free home. Lamb will show each family what they could buy if they dumped their mortgage debt by selling their homes and using that equity to buy a mortgage-free home.

Raise the Roof has also been commissioned to produce the 10 x 60-minute Quick Little Builds. Each standalone episode of the series will follow a new family as they set out to build their dream projects. Presenter and architect Gabrielle Omar will follow the action – offering tips and advice – as families design and execute their dream treehouses, home offices, loft conversions and boat and bus builds.

True North Productions, meanwhile, will produce the 16 x 60-minute My Dream Derelict Home in the Sun.

The series will trace property expert Scarlette Douglas (pictured) as she sets out to help Brits determined to acquire their destination dream homes. Douglas will be there every step of the way, walking prospective owners through the renovation and build projects, before revealing whether the buyers have ended up with their dream homes in the sun.

All three series enter into production this month.

My Mortgage Free HomeQuick Little Builds and My Dream Derelict Home in the Sun were ordered by Clare Laycock, SVP and head of lifestyle and entertainment brands at Discovery Networks UK.

Charlotte Reid is head of commissioning and Matt Reid is the commissioning executive for HGTV.

As well, Outline Productions’ Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate will return to HGTV UK for season three with 15 hour-long episodes.

“Since rebranding Home to HGTV earlier this year, we’ve combined the best British and American home and property shows to inspire viewers to transform their homes,” said Laycock in a statement. “It’s been an exciting six months for the channel with huge gains in audience share fueled by top performing local commissions like Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate. On the back of this success I’m delighted to announce these new commissions and welcome Amanda Lamb, Scarlette Douglas and Gabrielle Omar to HGTV.”

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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