Channel 4 commissions Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds at Christmas

01 Nov 2017

Channel 4, in partnership with Age UK brokered by media agency MG OMD, today announced a festive return to the Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. The 1 x 60 Christmas special, a CPL production, returns to St Monica Trust and reunites the residents including Hamish, Zina, Pat and David together with some of their young friends like Solomon, Nelson, Millie and Eva to find out how taking part in the series has impacted their lives.

Social isolation is one of the biggest problems for the elderly and never more so than during the Christmas period. Loneliness can impact hugely on our health with a recent report saying it can be as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day*.

The two-part series which aired in August and averaged an audience of 2.8m was inspired by a revolutionary American scheme which brought together a group of pensioners and a group of four year olds for a six week period to attempt to prove scientifically that these two generations can transform the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the old volunteers for the better.

For the first time, a team of geriatric specialists medically tested the impact the children had on the older group and delivered significant results, showing major improvements in the mood, memory and mobility of the older residents. But what has happened since the experiment ended? Are the older group still showing signs of progress? Did the friendships with the children and their families develop further?

In this festive special the older adults and children will prepare for a festive Carol Service to which their families will be the guests of honour – and Santa Claus and his reindeers may also make a cameo appearance. The three geriatric specialists – Professor Malcolm Johnson, Dr Zoe Wyrko and Dr Melrose Stewart – all return to give their insight into the continued progress of the older group as well as focussing on loneliness and its impact on the elderly paying particular attention to why Christmas is such a tough time for older people.

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds at Christmas (w/t) was commissioned by Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment Lucy Leveugle. The 1 x 60 will be made by CPL Productions (a Red Arrow Entertainment Group company) with executive producers Murray Boland, Trish Powell and Danielle Lux.

Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Lucy Leveugle said: “With social isolation amongst the elderly such an issue, seeing the impact the children had on the older adults made not only for a heart-warming watch but had real-life legacy. We are delighted to be back at St Monica Trust to see how our contributors’ lives have changed and to highlight the very real issue of loneliness amongst the elderly at Christmas.”

Trish Powell, Executive Producer for CPL Productions added, “In this Christmas special we are hoping the children and their older friends can work together to highlight the impact of loneliness on older people everywhere.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said, “At Age UK we’re thrilled that this much-loved show will be highlighting the loneliness and isolation that suck the joy from life for so many older people, and the simple things we can all do, at every age, to help them, both at Christmas time and throughout the year.”

Stella Onuorah, Group Content Solutions Manager at Channel 4 Sales, “We are delighted to be working with Age UK in bringing this very special programme back to our screens.”

Red Arrow International distributes Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds worldwide.

James Corden is taking his best pals back to the States with more A League Of Their Own: US Road Trip

A League of Their Own: US Road Trip has been confirmed for another series, which means James Corden and his dream team – Jack Whitehall, Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff – are back for another American adventure.

Late Late Show host Corden will take the boys across the States as he sets them challenges in locations from New York to Miami, and returns to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

Sky has also ordered a further three series of the Bafta-winning panel show A League of Their Own.

A blend of sports, comedy, and entertainment, the 11th series of A League of Their Own will air on Sky 1 this autumn, with James Corden back in the hosting seat alongside regular team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and permanent panellist Jack Whitehall.

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1, said: “I can’t wait to see what James puts the guys through in the second Road Trip outing and I’m so, so pleased to have secured another three years of the genre-defining studio show.”

Reckon there’s any spare room in the boot?

ITV commissions Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule

ITV commissions Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule

Harry Hill is to return to ITV, with a new series for 2017.

Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule is a panel show that sees Harry Hill presiding over two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion! Each team must find clips, people, basically anything that is fun or funny enough for Harry to place in a capsule which, in the event that we’re invaded by aliens, we can present to them to demonstrate earthlings are good fun and therefore worthy of saving.

Over a series of rounds, the two teams of two present Harry with fun stuff which Harry must adjudicate on and ultimately decide what’s in and what’s out of the Fun Capsule with the triumphant team winning bragging rights.

Along the way there will be sketches, studio items and special guests. And the occasional appearance of an alien.

Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule was commissioned by Comedy Commissioning Editor Saskia Schuster and Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey. It will be produced by Nit Television, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions, with Mob Dar, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Harry Hill, executive producing.

Harry Hill said: “It’s great to be back on ITV with an all new format that finally tackles the problem of an imminent and prolonged war with space aliens, by proving to them that us humans are really a lot of fun to hang out with!”

Saskia Schuster added: “We’re really excited to have Harry back on ITV, and we’re confident that the human race will be safe in his hands with this brand new panel show packed with laughs, silliness and of course, fun.”

A League of Their Own is coming back for another THREE series – but wait… there’s more!

A League of Their Own is coming back for another three series. Hooray!

An 11th series of the sports-centric panel show is already airing on Sky One this autumn, with a 12th, 13th AND 14th to follow.

Because, any show that ‘tattoos’ One Direction’s Niall Horan, makes super awkward Cheryl digs at footballer Ashley Cole, and dresses Freddie Flintoff as Elvis, is obviously our favorite, right?

James Corden is back in the hosting seat alongside regular team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff, and permanent panelist Jack Whitehall.

But wait, there’s more.

Following the success of this year’s A League of Their Own: US Road Trip, Sky has also commissioned the cross-Atlantic show for a second series, which is set to enter production this autumn too.

It means we’ll get to see Corden once again invite his pals Jack, Jamie and Freddie to America for a right old laugh and a fair amount of debauchery.

The Late Late Show host, who has been enjoying major success thanks to his hit Carpool Karaoke segment, will take the boys across the States as he sets them challenges in locations including New York and Miami, as well as returning to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

A League of Their Own: US Road Trip became the highest-rating series of A League of Their Own with 1.39m viewers tuning in, so it’s no wonder that Sky is eager to repeat its success.

Go team!

Katherine Ryan asks the wealthy ‘How Did You Get So Rich?’

Comedian Katherine Ryan hosts the new series meeting the wealthy, the super-wealthy and the super-duper-wealthy both in the UK and overseas, learning the answer to the burning question: “How did you get so rich?”

We’ve seen how ‘the 1%’ spends their hard earned money, but in this quizzical new series Katherine will learn the remarkable and inspirational stories of how they made their millions. Based on a US format formerly hosted by Joan Rivers, the all new Channel 4 series seeks out some of the most surprising personal stories of hard graft, bizarre business and plucky entrepreneurship in 21st Century Britain and beyond.

The 6 x 45’ series will be made by CPL productions under executive producers Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Mob Dar and has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Jilly Pearce, Formats Commissioning Editor and Dom Bird, Head of Formats.

Katherine Ryan comments: “For the first time ever, I get to legally snoop through people’s mega-homes and luxury possessions without having to sleep with a rapper. I want to know how somebody gets super rich, and what that lifestyle looks like from the inside. I hope not to offend, as a multi-millionaire could have me killed quite easily.”

Jilly Pearce, Formats Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 comments: “How Did You Get So Rich promises to explore the amazing stories of self-made millionaires the world over. From those with an unparalleled drive for success, to teen millionaires and ‘rags-to-riches’ champions. We’re excited to bring this successful format to the channel and explore what wealth on this scale means to these incredible entrepreneurs.”

Murray Boland from CPL Productions adds: “Katherine is a playful and probing presenter, and will make the perfect host for this eye-opening series. She’ll be out on the streets, and inside the homes of the very wealthy asking the questions many of us would be afraid to ask.”

How Did You Get So Rich will TX in 2017.

CPL strikes exciting, new joint venture deal – NIT TV – with award-winning comedian Harry Hill

07 April 2016

CPL STRIKES EXCITING, NEW JOINT VENTURE DEAL – NIT TV – WITH AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN HARRY HILL

Celebrating two series deal with Sky and scripted development deal with BBC, London – BAFTA-winning independent television and radio production company CPL Productions and multiple award-winning comedian and author Harry Hill announced the launch of Nit TV today.

The new joint venture will see CPL Productions and Harry Hill growing the company together, with CPL acting as the production company for all programmes.

The first commission on their slate is for a two series deal (8 × 30’) with Sky for comedy cookery show Harry Hill’s Tea-Time – a programme featuring Harry’s usual brand of madcap family friendly fun with special star guests.

Celia Taylor, Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning and Richard Ackerman, Commissioning Editor, at Sky, have commissioned the series. Executive Producers are Mobashir Dar, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux for CPL Productions / Nit TV.

Nit TV has also tied up a script development deal with the BBC for a sitcom created by, and starring, Harry Hill. Based on his best-selling comic-memoir, Livin’ The Dreem: A Year In My Life…Probably, it promises a heady mix of tall tales from Harry’s life at home with his mum and even taller tales of celebrity encounters from the centre of the showbiz whirlwind, Bexhill.

Harry Hill commented today: “It’s great to be working with Danielle and Murray at CPL and finally finding a permanent home for all my TV ideas. This new teatime show is a natural fit for Sky – we’re both risk takers! The sitcom idea is one that’s been bubbling under for a while and I’m looking forward to working with Shane Allen at BBC Comedy who’s been a great supporter of mine.”

CPL Productions Managing Director Danielle Lux commented: “We’re overjoyed to be collaborating with Harry Hill, one of the UK’s most popular and unique performers over the last two decades. His creative vision and irreverent approach is a perfect fit for CPL.”

CPL Productions Creative Director Murray Boland added: “We love Harry and these fantastic deals with Sky and the BBC are just the start of a dynamic and lively future for Nit TV.”

For further information:
IJPR Offices – 020 7836 3030
Ian Johnson / Melissa Brookes
ian@ijpr.co.uk / melissa@ijpr.co.uk

About CPL Productions
CPL is one of the most successful independent TV and radio production companies in the UK. The company’s output spans primetime entertainment, comedy and factual entertainment. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky One’s BAFTA-winning A League Of Their Own, ITV1’s Off Their Rockers, Channel 4’s Married At First Sight, and BBC One’s Decimate. CPL is currently filming its first drama commission, Brief Encounters, for ITV – set in the early ‘80s, the six part series introduces Steph, Nita, Dawn and Pauline as unlikely entrepreneurs who begin to sell exotic lingerie – to the dismay (and often delight) of their loved ones – starring Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney and Penelope Wilton.

CPL Productions is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat. 1 Group company).

About Harry Hill
Harry Hill is a multiple award-winning comedian and author who has created some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades including Harry Hill’s TV Burp, collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along the way.

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