Channel 4 has commissioned The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes from CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company.
The show follows the journeys of the contributors, who are living with dementia, in a sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, but an overall feel-good way. A host of celebrity diners and members of the public will visit the restaurant over a five-week period to put the newly trained staff to the test. A team of experts will oversee the project, which could potentially change how businesses recruit, employ and retain staff who find themselves living with dementia.
The series comes from CPL Productions, (Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds) and Motion Content Group, co-producers of Channel 4’s Dementiaville. The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes is supported by The Alzheimer’s Society.
The 5×60-minute series will be co-produced by CPL Productions and Motion Content Group, with executive producers Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Trish Powell, Benjamin Leigh and Martin Oxley.
Ed Havard, the head of entertainment at Channel 4, said, “Stand Up To Cancer has grown into a hugely successful Channel 4 brand that shines a light on the millions in this country battling cancer, and the ambition with The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes is no different—to challenge and change attitudes toward dementia through an original and innovative series.”
Channel 4’s head of features and formats, Sarah Lazenby, added, “A dementia diagnosis doesn’t, and shouldn’t, mean the end of a career. This poignant and timely project aims to open the eyes of employers to the importance of keeping those who live with dementia in work by boosting their confidence and independence.”
Murray Boland, the creative director for CPL Productions, commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Channel 4 on another groundbreaking series, which we hope will make a significant contribution to the national conversation about living and working with dementia.”
Martin Oxley, executive producer for Motion Content Group, remarked, “With an ever-aging workforce, dementia in the workplace will become a fact of life for so many of us in the years ahead, and Motion is delighted to be involved in such an important examination of this issue, in the form of such an innovative format.”