Outline Productions is now in production for Channel 4 with a new series following property expert Sarah Beeny and her family as they swap the urban jungle for a new life in the country.
Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country (8×60’) follows Sarah, her husband Graham Swift and their four sons as they quit their lives in London to start anew in what they hope will be a rural idyll. The family has bought a semi-derelict former dairy farm in Somerset where, surrounded by 220 acres of farmland, they’re planning on building the house of their dreams; a modern, carbon neutral mini stately home.
Alongside the building project, Sarah wants to create an idyllic yet purposeful country life for the family – introducing bees and collecting hens, as well as road testing rural businesses from cheesemaking to cider making and chilli growing.
Sarah Beeny says: “I think I’ve always quite enjoyed the buzz from change and mountainous challenges and moving our whole family lock stock and barrel from city to country and re-inventing our whole life has certainly been that. I am so aware of how lucky we are to be able to do something like this, but it’s been a life changing experience. But ultimately I do believe you only live once and if you can make a dream real you should try and journey down that path if you can.”
Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 comments: ‘This sunny, escapist and hugely feel-good series taps directly into the daydreams that are, now more than ever, keeping us all going. A longing for a simpler, slower way of life. Closer contact with family, and a more meaningful relationship with nature. These things have a real resonance right now, and as Sarah and her family guide us through their own journey (which has a few daunting challenges along the way!) I hope that our audience will feel both comforted and inspired.’
Laura Mansfield, MD of Outline Productions adds: “For anyone who’s ever dreamed of leaving the city for a new life in the country or contemplating a new build themselves, this series provides an entertaining and inspiring account of what the reality is like. We’re thrilled to be working with Sarah and her family on what is a gorgeous and escapist series.”
Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country (8×60’) is an Outline (Wales) production for Channel 4. The executive producers are Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale. The series producer/director is Guy Gilbert, the director Jonathan Profaska and the production executive is Isa Campbell. The Channel 4 Commissioning Editor is Kate Thomas. It is being distributed by Hat Trick International. Outline is a Tin Roof Media company.