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C4 commissions: Wise Owl tapped for two shows; South Shore on snowman special

Britain’s Channel 4 has announced several new commissions, including a pair of new series from Leeds-based prodco Wise Owl Films, Second Hand for 50 Grand (w/t) and My Second Home ...
November 16, 2021

Britain’s Channel 4 has announced several new commissions, including a pair of new series from Leeds-based prodco Wise Owl Films, Second Hand for 50 Grand (w/t) and My Second Home (w/t), as well as a new holiday-themed special from South Shore titled The Greatest Snowman.

Second-Hand for 50 Grand (3 x 60 minutes, pictured) follows the staff and customers of one of Britain’s leading companies in pre-owned luxury, Xupes. The series goes behind the scenes at a key point in the company’s history, exploring the growing market for second-hand chic in the luxury goods industry. Second-Hand for 50 Grand follows on the success of the initial 60-minute special broadcast on Channel 4 in April. The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Will Rowson, commissioning editor, factual. It will be produced and directed by Richard Macer and executive produced by Matt Drury for Wise Owl Films.

Meanwhile, My Second Hand Home is a competitive property format presented by Sabrina Grant and built around the trend of home refurnishing using “pre-loved” and up-cycled goods. The 60-minute show will see two first-time buyer households go head-to-head over four weeks to see who can stylishly furnish their home for the lowest price. The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Adam Vandermark, commissioning editor, news & current affairs. It will be produced by James Knight, directed by Imogen Willcocks and executive produced by Mark Robinson for Wise Owl Films.

“This unique consumer idea has lots of potential given the boom in second hand goods, and with money saving, sustainability and a competitive spirit at its heart, it should do well,” Vandermark said in a release.

Wise Owl Films’ creative director Mark Robinson added: “It’s such an exciting time to be working in television in Yorkshire with the opening of C4′s new HQ, so we’re delighted to be working with them on these two new projects. In a way they’re both very different — the potentially global detective work needed to track down a rare Gucci handbag and the much more local search for a pre-owned sofa to transform a living room, but both hit on a very real trend in consumer sustainability. We’ll want to tell the human stories behind the trend.”

Also headed to Channel 4, this time from South Shore, is The Greatest Snowman, hosted by Sue Perkins (The Great British Bake Off). The production a one-off special following a group of celebrities traveling to an Alpine resort to compete in a snow-building competition.

With thousands of tons of snow, giant blocks of ice and a crew of seasoned sculptors, engineers and snow builders at their disposal, the celebrities will design and create “the Greatest Snowman,” as judged by a panel of experts.

The Greatest Snowman was commissioned for Channel 4 by Tom Beck, head of live events. It’s executive produced by Caroline Davies, Melanie Leach and Andrew Mackenzie for South Shore. Series editor is James Hedge.

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