Channel 4 in the U.K. has ordered Himalaya High, a tentatively titled three-part series, from Naked Entertainment.
Himalaya High will look on as a group of British boys—who have all struggled academically—spend five months at an Indian boarding school in an attempt to help them reach their potential. The 3×60-minute show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Kelly Webb-Lamb, head of factual entertainment, and factual entertainment commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby. Naked Entertainment’s Simon Andreae and Tom O’Brien are executive producing.
Lazenby stated: “Evidence suggests that where white working-class boys are taught alongside peers with different ethnic backgrounds they perform better. We’re supersizing this notion in the hope that a summer of education in India can turn some teenagers’ academic lives around and give them a better start in adult life.”
O’Brien added: “The Doon School has a rare kind of magic. The Himalayan backdrop, a fascinating school history, all tied together by a genuine passion and track-record for transforming its pupils’ lives. We can’t wait to start filming.”