Channel 4 has ordered 60 new episodes across two series of daytime show Chateau DIY from Spark Media.

Evolving from the Escape To The Chateau brand, the spin-off show  Chateau DIY follows a group of British expats all following their dream, with  plans to overhaul crumbling fairy-tale French stately homes.

Chateau DIY debuted in April 2018 and was Channel 4’s biggest daytime launch since 2010.

Jayne Stanger, Commissioning Editor for Daytime at Channel 4 said, “We are thrilled that the Chateau DIY journey will be continuing with more episodes on Channel 4. With many of us embarking on our own DIY projects in lockdown, viewers can expect a large dose of inspiration, escapism and creativity.”

Joff Powell, Executive Producer for Spark Media added, “We are delighted to continue to tell the trials, tales and tribulations of our amazingly brave chateaux owners, who after a year of uncertainty have many more ambitious plans for our loyal viewers to follow.”

Filming has started on new episodes which will air across 2021 and 2022.

The bumper order was commissioned by Jayne Stanger, Commissioning Editor for Daytime at Channel 4. Spark Media’s Creative Director Joff Powell serves as Executive Producer and the Series Producer for Kindling Media is Matt Baker.

All 75 new episodes of Chateau DIY, 60 from this most recent recommission and 15 which have yet to air, will be narrated by stage and screen actor Adjoa Andoh.

Spark  has also launched a sister company, Spark Media Partners North (Spark North), based in Sheffield. Spark North will focus on developing factual entertainment formats for both daytime and peak time schedules that reflect the entire nation. Spark North is headed up by Creative Director, Joff Powell, who has already relocated to Sheffield. Steve Havers and Mark Baker will continue to lead the London-based outfit Spark Media growing their entertainment and format business – focusing on quiz and game. They are already in funded development on a quiz with one of the main terrestrial channels.

Jon Creamer