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Escape to the Country Gets Celebrity Treatment


Fremantle label Naked West is working on Celebrity Escape to the Country, a brand-new spin-off series of the original format Escape to the Country, for BBC One.

The 5×45-minute celebrity edition will welcome well-known faces hoping to make a countryside relocation, including actor Christopher Biggins; Bucks Fizz popstar Cheryl Baker; TV health professional Dr. Ranj Singh; Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec; and TV quizzer Jenny Ryan (aka The Vixen from The Chase).

The celebrity specials will be on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December.

John Comerford, head of Naked West, said: “We love helping prospective rural dwellers find their dream homes, and we’re delighted the BBC has commissioned this special series giving us all an insight into our favorite celebrities’ lives as they look to swap the city for a new home in the country.”

Julie Shaw, commissioning editor for BBC Daytime and Factual, added: “Escape to the Country has been a staple in the BBC daytime schedule for 21 years. Audiences love this program and watching the journeys the house-hunters go on, so it was about time we got to go house-hunting with some famous faces. I can’t wait for this to land in the schedules.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.


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