Kelvin Fletcher is to return to ITV with the commission of new series Fletcher’s Family Farm from eOne Leeds-based indie Daisybeck Studios.
The documentary-style series, set at the farm in the Peak District has been commissioned by Leanne Clarke, ITV Assistant Commissioner, Daytime, for Weekend Daytime and Paul Mortimer for primetime for ITV Be – the first co-commission between the two channels.
The series will follow former Emmerdale star and Strictly winner Kelvin and his wife Liz and their four children, Marnie, 6, Milo, 4, and twins Mateusz and Maximus, 1, as they navigate life as first- generation farmers. The Fletchers have invested heavily in the working livestock farm set on 120 acres with sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas and horses since buying it in 2021.
Fletcher spent most of his career as fictional farmer Andy Sugden for 20 years on ITV’s Emmerdale but now he and his young family are living that life for real.
ITV Commissioner, Leanne Clarke, said: “We are thrilled to have Kelvin, Liz and the whole family showing us the ropes of what it takes to run a working farm. I’m sure it will prove to be a thoroughly entertaining adventure for them and our audience.”
Kelvin and Liz Fletcher said: “When we embarked on this new chapter of our lives, we couldn’t have imagined what an extraordinary journey it would be. Since the arrival of out two new-born twins last year, it has been even more of a rollercoaster ride. Navigating farming life with four small kids is certainly a challenge but one full of laughter and unforgettable memories. We are so excited to invite viewers into our lives like never before – we hope to share the beauty and unpredictable joy of life on our farm.”
Kelvin Fletcher adds: “It has been absolutely great to work with the ITV family again, with whom I worked with for so many happy years.”
Series Editor, Ben Harris, from Daisybeck Studios, said: “As first-generation farmers, Kelvin and Liz, have their work cut out, sharing their journey as they strive to make their farm a success whilst balancing the complexities of family life with the lows and highs of farming. It will be a revealing and heart-warming insight into farming today. One of the things that strikes me the most is just the joyful nature of this family and how they are embracing this new life. This is going to be a real treat for the audience.”
Daisybeck MD Paul Stead is Executive Producer and the series is produced by Kim Metcalfe.
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