Channel 4 is marking the twentieth anniversary of Jamie Oliver’s first TV series, The Naked Chef, with a new documentary fronted by Davina McCall. The hour-long docu, titled 20 Years Of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All, will air later this year.
20 Years Of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All highlights memorable Jamie moments from the past two decades: the highs and lows, his accidental discovery at The River Café, his rise to fame as iconic Brit-pop chef, his restless campaigning to improve the food system, and the more recent closure of his much-loved restaurant group.
It will reveal the inner-workings of his business and get the inside track on his latest campaigning work as well as uncover emotional revelations and personal insights along the way – showing viewers the true Jamie, as never seen before. Channel 4 has secured exclusive access to Jamie’s life for series and for the very first time he allows cameras into his London home. Davina spends time with him, Jools, and their children in an honest and intimate snapshot of Oliver family life.
During his time with Davina, Jamie discusses some of his difficult times in the spotlight, and lays bare the truth about being The Naked Chef. He also explains what motivates him, as he outlines his vision for the future and how he would like to spend the next 10 years. The docu also catches up with students who appeared on Jamie’s Kitchen and Jamie’s School Dinners and looks at how food culture has changed since 1999. 20 Years Of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All is being produced by Jamie Oliver Productions, with Nicola Pointer serving as executive producer.
“At this crucial point in his life, Jamie has allowed unprecedented access to his life, and has opened up to Davina with a real honesty”, said Channel 4 Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor Timothy Hancock, who commissioned the one-off documentary for the broadcaster. “It’s going to make for a fascinating documentary about one of Britain’s most recognisable personalities.”
While Jamie Oliver added: “Wow, 20 years. So much has happened in that time. Davina is a brave woman to come and get a taste of life with five kids in the Oliver household! But it’s been a pleasure to welcome her in and show her what my world is really like, at home and work. I hope everyone enjoys looking back with me at the past two decades, remembering the amazing times and some tough times… not to mention a few dodgy haircuts along the way.”