Former VIS factual lead Oliver Wright’s new Objective Media Group label has won a triple order.
Wright’s new label has secured two series commissions for Channel 5 with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Secrets of the 70s Supermarket, alongside a second series of Motorway: Hell on the Highway.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will take viewers “into the heart of one of London’s most celebrated and wealthy boroughs.” The 4×60 observational documentary will follow the characters and explore the places that make up this area of the capital, going behind the scenes at “iconic royal residences, gorgeous gardens, premium department stores, family run businesses, and hidden architectural gems as well as the ostentatious restaurants and hotels that attract royals and wealthy locals alike.”
Secrets of the 70s Supermarket, which Wright began developing alongside Harriet Scott whilst in his previous role at VIS, will reveal the developments that transformed supermarkets over the decade, uncovering the truth about the products we all loved to eat. Across the 3×60 consumer history series interviews with retail insiders, historians, food critics and industry experts will discuss “what we ate and why from Findus’ Crispy Pancakes to Arctic Roll; Ice Magic to Fray Bentos pies” and the series will chart key developments like the introduction of barcodes, the invention of the booze department, the explosion of the snack market and the rise of frozen food.
Motorway: Hell on the Highway returns with a double order of 12×60 episodes featuring incidents captured on dashcam from across the world and an on-screen panel including former roads police, driving instructors and HGV drivers. “From skidding on icy roads to dangerous overtaking, distracted drivers to jack-knifing lorries, the series showcases all that can and does go wrong on our motorways and main roads.”
Oliver Wright said: “We’re delighted to working across three such different and exciting projects for Channel 5 which we’re confident will set the standard for the label going forward. We’re lucky enough to have pulled together three outstanding teams who promise to deliver high quality, factual shows for the Channel’s audience.”
Secrets of the 70s Supermarket and Motorway: Hell on the Highway were both commissioned for Channel 5 by Daniel Louw. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was commissioned by Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 and Paramount+, who said: “You couldn’t get a richer or more colourful precinct than The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and taking a peak inside this exclusive world should prove a real treat for the Channel 5 viewers.”
Executive producers across the development and production of the three series are Wright and Harriet Scott with support on The Royal Borough of Kensington from Luke McLaughlin.
Susan Crook is Series Producer and Paul Braund casts on The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with Joe Newell as Series Producer for Secrets of the 70s Supermarket and Matthew Gillbe as Series Producer on Motorway: Hell on the Highway. Andrew Nelson serves as Production Executive across all three titles.
All series will be distributed by All3Media International.
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