Channel 4 Orders Weight Loss Pilot ‘The Slim Reaper’

Channel 4 has handed out a broadcast pilot order to The Slim Reaper, a factual entertainment format featuring Russian weight-loss guru and ‘detox diva’ Galia Grainger.

The Slim Reaper focusses on Grainger’s ‘Slimmeria’ centre, a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion in the rolling Sussex countryside where people come to lose weight. Grainger claims that, by following her Russian grandmother’s healthy-eating rules, she can help her clients to lose a stone in seven days.

The pilot will follow two guests, each with a different weight-loss goal, as they attempt to transform themselves in just one week. Woven into these personal stories will be documentary sequences exploring the wider world of Slimmeria and the cast of eccentric characters who work there.

“Galia is a one-off and her tyrannical approach to weight-loss is as watchable as it is effective. This pilot will hopefully look and feel like no diet show you’ve ever seen before”, said Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Features and Daytime Tim Hancock. Indie Chalkboard TV are producing, with Mike Benson and Anna Nettleton serving as executive producers.

“Galia describes herself as The Slim Reaper and she certainly doesn’t pull her punches when it comes to telling over-weight Brits what they might not want to hear”, added Chalkboard TV Managing Director Mike Benson. “We see The Slim Reaper as something of a Fawlty Towers for weight loss and we’re looking forward to unleashing Galia and the staff on C4 viewers.”