Channel 4 has commissioned ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ (w/t),  a new four-part series from Minnow Films that will set out to challenge how British people feel about asylum seekers and immigration.

The social experiment is based on the Australian multi-award-winning series and will be adapted for the UK market.

The show will immerse an opinionated group of six Brits, with views across the immigration argument, in the reality of the perilous journeys refugees and migrants make to the UK.  Starting in the UK, the contributors will first travel  to the homelands that refugees are so desperate to leave.

Dropped into contrasting, high-risk locations, they  start their journey in  Mogadishu in Somalia and Raqqa in Syria,  two of the most dangerous cities on earth.  “How will they cope  experiencing the threat of near-by missile strikes, witnessing  mass overcrowding of camps, and being up close to those  living in devastating poverty?”

They then travel to countries on migrant routes through Africa, the Middle East and Europe into the UK.   They have to trek through the African desert, climb over border crossings through mountain ranges, and experience first-hand the terror of small boat crossings.

“Will these immense and extremely challenging experiences alter their personal views on immigration and create some difficult and controversial conversations amongst the group?”

Senior Commissioning Editors Anna Miralis and Madonna Benjamin said: “This is an extremely bold commission that continues to reinforce the Channel’s commitment to tackle difficult and highly relevant subject matter.  It is hoped that this will offer up an opportunity for the British public to help understand some of the terrifying perils asylum seekers face when they attempt to travel to the UK.  The adaptation of this multi- award -winning Australian format will be thoughtful and impactful and is likely to create an intense debate about an issue that Britain has grappled with for decades.”

Liam Humphreys said, “We are thrilled to be working with C4 on this audacious and ground-breaking idea which will provide a unique and compelling perspective on the plight and flight of asylum seekers. Go Back To Where You Came From (w/t)  is a perfect illustration of how a controversial and thought-provoking format can, through a very human focus, challenge preconceptions and ignite the national debate”.

Line Producer is Sian Atkinson; Production Executive, Justine Faram; Series Director, Guy Simmonds; Shooting Series Producer: Dave Sutton; Series Editor, Nicky Hammond and the Executive Producers are Liam Humphreys & Emma Young.


Jon Creamer

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