Friday 24 May 2019
Rachel Riley is the first star name to join My Famous Babysitter (4x60'), the newest factual entertainment commission for UKTV's premium entertainment channel W. Produced by Swan Films, in each episode a celebrity shock-tests 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.
Rachel Riley said,
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!
My Famous Babysitter is commissioned for UKTV by Kirsty Hanson, commissioning editor with Hilary Rosen, head of factual and fact ent, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager for comedy and entertainment. The series is executive produced for Swan Films by Neil Crombie and Joe Evans.
Kirsty Hanson said,
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. 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.
Adam Collings, channel director for W, said,
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.
Joe Evans, managing director of Swan Films, said,
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.
My Famous Babysitter is the latest UKTV Original bringing star names to Win 2019, following Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, the new series of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, Dr Christian's Special Clinics, and the scripted commission Flack, starring Anna Paquin and Sophie Okonedo. There's more real life programming too, with Ski A&E and the latest addition to the popular Inside the... family, Inside The Operating Theatre.
My Famous Babysitter comes to W later this year. More details about the series will be announced shortly.
Notes to Editors:
Sky 109/245, Virgin 124/191, BT 311 & TalkTalk 407 / On demand on Sky and Virgin
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