London Live – the local TV station owned by the Evening Standard – has unveiled their first commissions ahead of the channel’s launch, which is set for Spring 2014. The commissions included two factual entertainment series, – one from Jamie Oliver and another from Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch – a game show and a Comedy Hotspot season, which was designed to showcase pilots created by emerging comedy producers, which will use audience feedback to decide on series pick ups.
“I am thrilled to be announcing our first slate of original commissions. Our ambition is to blend emerging and established talent to create talked about, engaging and noisy programming – an ethos shared by Fresh One, Renowned Films and Nerd TV”, said London Live’s Head of Programming Jonathan Boseley, who commissioned these series. “We are excited to be working with all three parties before the pilots have even been made, such is our confidence that these concepts will deliver content that Londoners will love.”
Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One is a 30×30 series about passionate foodies based in London. The series will bring to life an eclectic and colourful cast of young hidden food stars, as they take the viewer on a compelling journey to uncover secret foodie hotspots in the capital, reveal top cooking tips or invite them into the heart of London’s vast array of food events.
F2 Kicks Off is a 16 episode series which showcases the skills of freestyle footballing ‘F2’ boys Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch. The series challenges the F2s to pull off the unthinkable with a football as they take their skills to the streets of London to conjure up a mixture of jaw dropping, suspenseful, high stake stunts and tricks in front of the public – whilst challenging others to join in. The series is produced and directed by Max Welch, Duane Jones and Tim Withers. F2 Kicks Off will also feature many celebrity guests from top premier league footballers to chart topping musicians.
Finally, The Anti Social Network is a six episode series which is a hidden camera game show for the Facebook generation. Participants are invited to hand over control of their social network profiles to a panel of some of the world’s leading comedy writers, giving them the opportunity to run, and maybe ruin, their ‘social’ lives. The series allows the comics to use the contestants’ social networks to script an outrageous week that they must live out for real. If the contestant reveals the truth or fails to complete any tasks, they are immediately forced out of the game.