Two Rivers Media and Chateau TV have secured a two-year programming deal from Channel 4 to supply new programming under the ‘Chateau’ brand.
The announcement comes off the back of Two Rivers’ collaboration with Chateau TV, Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s independent production company.
The commissioning deal comprises: two new eight-part series of Escape to the Chateau, the international hit series hosted by Dick and Angel; a recommission of Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend; and a further series featuring Dick and Angel which is currently in development. All3Media International will be the international partner on each of the series.
Two Rivers’ and Chateau TV’s first programming collaboration was Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend (4 x 60 mins). The new format went out this past summer and was Channel 4’s most successful brand new series launch in its 8pm slot.
Lizi Wootton, Head of Popular Factual, Two Rivers, says: “We are extremely proud to be making these series for Channel 4. Our strategic partnership with Chateau TV is important for us as a growing indie with ambitions to make programming which is both creatively strong and internationally successful. Working with Dick and Angel, some of the most popular talent on-screen today, is extremely exciting and am personally delighted to be building on our long-standing relationship.
“There is a huge opportunity to grow the success of the Chateau brand on-screen and we are thrilled to be playing such a key role in its programming future.”
Alan Clements, Managing Director, Two Rivers, says: “We have been bowled over by the success of Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend, our first Chateau production. Lizi has worked with Dick and Angel since the beginning of their Chateau journey, and the success of this new show is testament to their close working relationship. Securing this deal from Channel 4 is a huge endorsement of our creative partnership with Chateau TV and we are confident that all shows will do well internationally through our partnership with All3Media International. I also wanted to thank Screen Scotland, who have been hugely supportive through this process.”
Dick and Angel Strawbridge say: “We are excited to be at the start of what we hope will be a long and successful relationship with Two Rivers, one of the most exciting indies in the UK sector at the moment. We first started working with Lizi when Escape to the Chateau was little more than an idea, so it’s terrific to be collaborating again on these series and growing our creative relationship.”
Sean Doyle, Deputy Head of Features & Formats at Channel 4, adds: “Dick and Angel are hugely popular, as was seen by the reaction to Make Do and Mend and the record-breaking figures for Escape to the Chateau at the end of 2020. They are jewels in the Channel 4 crown and it’s been an exhilarating ride helping them grow over the last two years.”