Strawberry Blond TV has been commissioned to make two new series for Channel 4 and More4 from the indie’s Scotland-base.

Four-parter Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis sees the actor and comedian unlock the doors to some of the largest domestic dwellings across the UK. He explores a variety of gigantic homes, from the colossal Broughton Hall with its own private railway to an island fort off the coast of West Wales. Along the way, he’ll perform tasks needed to keep the huge homes in full working order – including cleaning chandeliers and a six hours of hoovering.

Strangers on a Plane is a new stripped daytime format – with an initial 20-parts – that sees five strangers compete to prove they can holiday better than anyone else. At the start of the week, five holiday-hungry Brits jet off to the same popular holiday destination for a five-day getaway, with each traveller taking control of the group’s activities for 24 hours.

As each holidaymaker takes their turn to plan their perfect day, they must make the key decisions: what accommodation everyone stays in, where they all eat, what activities the group does and what the evening entertainment is, all on a set budget.

At the end of each week, the group votes on who planned the best day, with the winner enjoying another week in the sun with a friend or family member.

Gill Brown, commissioning executive for Channel 4, said: “Hugh Dennis is the perfect tour guide around an eclectic mix of fantastic, not to mention gigantic, homes that I’m sure our More 4 audience will find fascinating, while Strangers on a Plane is set to be a wild and raucous daytime delight on Channel 4.”

Both series were commissioned by Jo Street, Head of Daytime and Features and Gill Brown, commissioning executive for Daytime and Features at Channel 4.

Steve Wynn is executive producer of Strangers on a Plane is Steve Wynne and Audrey Neil is executive producer of Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis.

Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis will air on More 4 later this year and casting for Strangers on a Plane is underway now.

Pippa Considine

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