UKTV’s W channel has given the green-light to Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, a new six episode documentary series that will present a portrait of what life is like in Britain today for a cross section of society.
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over follows Dooley as she spends 72-hours in the company of a wide range of extraordinary characters and families, with the kinds of relationships we’ve never seen up close before. The series is being produced by Firecracker Films. It was commissioned for UKTV by Commissioning Executive Natalie Rose, and ordered by Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Genre General Manager Steve North. The executive producers are Firecracker’s Creative Director of Factual Emma Morgan and Sam Emmery.
“We are so thrilled to be working with Stacey on this series. The idea that she will be crossing the domestic thresholds of some of Britain’s most surprising, and in some cases morally ambiguous families is exciting enough, but living nose-to-nose with them for three days really ups the stakes”, said UKTV’s Natalie Rose. “There’s just something incredibly revealing about that level of intimacy, and how it informs, challenges, and even confuses what we think we know. With her formidable pedigree, distinctive journalism and effortless charm, there really is no better person to take us on this journey than Stacey.”
“Stacey is a remarkable filmmaker and this series marks a new phase in W’s evolving programme offering. Our audience is looking for smart and contemporary views on modern life that are relatable and entertaining”, commented Adam Collings, Channel Director for W. “Stacey has the unique ability to draw out stories from people and this brilliant format will bring those exceptional skills to the fore, unearthing what we believe will be a host of fantastic, unexpected and revealing tales from some unusual sections of society.”
While Emma Morgan, Creative Director for Firecracker Films, added: “I have wanted to work with Stacey for years and the Firecracker team are delighted to be collaborating with her on this new series for UKTV. She has been closely involved in the development of the project adding her own insights, humour and journalism to the evolution of the idea – stamping her unique take on the series. It’s been great to see Stacey’s career go from strength to strength and we are excited to be part of this new venture with her for W. We can’t wait to get started.”
This marks the second commission to come out of UKTV today. The company’s Dave channel has also handed out a ten episode series order to Borderforce: America’s Gatekeepers, an observational documentary series following the Department of Homeland Security’s elite agency Customs & Border Protection as they operate on the twenty-eight bridges connecting the United States of America and Mexico.