UKTV’s W channel has handed out a four episode series order to My Famous Babysitter. Rachel Riley has been set as the first celebrity babysitter for the series. “I’m really up for the babysitter challenge: I’m sure they’ll teach me a lot. I’m scared and excited in equal measure!”, she said.
My Famous Babysitter sees a celebrity shock-test the reality of twenty-first century parenting by taking full responsibility for a family of children over four days. The collision of the rarefied and high profile lives of the modern celebrity with the stark reality of managing food budgets, supervising homework, after-school clubs and the general domestic drudgery of running a household in Britain today will provide the opportunity for some entertaining, humorous and often poignant reflections from the celebrities on their life and own childhood.
The four-part series was commissioned by UKTV Commissioning Editor Kirsty Hanson and UKTV’s Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment Hilary Rosen, and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and UKTV’s Genre General Manager for Comedy and Entertainment Steve North. Swan Films are producing, with Neil Crombie and Joe Evans serving as the executive producers.
“My Famous Babysitter is an entertaining but revealing glimpse into the universal struggle that many of our viewers face daily; how we parent today as well as juggling everything else that modern life demands of us”, said Kirsty Hanson. “This, juxtaposed with the tantalising prospect of learning something we don’t know about some of our favourite faces, will hopefully make for an absorbing series for our viewers and a worthwhile experience for the celebs.”
“We’re hugely excited to be working with Rachel Riley as one of the stars of this fresh new parenting format, and we’ve got a brilliant line up for the rest of the series for W viewers to enjoy”, commented Adam Collings, Channel Director for W.
While Joe Evans, Managing Director of Swan Films, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with the team at UKTV on this warm, uplifting and multi-layered new format that explores the realities of twenty-first century parenting.”