26th August 2020
Award-winning documentary maker Stacey Dooley returns to UKTV's premium entertainment channel, W, for a second series of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (6x60'). The UKTV Original, produced by Firecracker Films, was a huge hit in 2019 and became one of the channel's most-watched shows of the year, reaching over 1.3million adults across the six episodes. The second series is due to air in 2021.
In this brand-new series, Stacey will explore more unseen areas of modern relationships and family life as she spends 72-hours as a house guest, learning all the routines and rituals that make each one so unique. Whether it's exploring the religious activities of a strict orthodox Jewish family, or the realities of maintaining the traditional lifestyle of a 'tradwife', Stacey will be given the opportunity to get to the very heart of each family, giving her a first-hand experience of different communities from the comfort of their sofa.
Stacey Dooley said:
Am thrilled to be back for another series of Sleeps Over! I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with families here in the UK and am delighted we were able to have thought provoking, revealing conversations. Arguably now, more than ever, it's so important to engage with people who live differently to you. It's a real privilege to be welcomed into people's homes, a privilege we don't take for granted, and I can't wait to get stuck in!
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over is produced by Firecracker Films, commissioned for UKTV by Natalie Rose, commissioning editor, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment and Hilary Rosen is head of factual and factual entertainment. The series is exec produced for Firecracker by Jes Wilkins, chief creative officer, and Alice Bowden returns as series editor. The series will also be distributed by Passion Distribution.
Natalie Rose said: "Stacey's brilliant journalism and insatiable curiosity helped us unearth some fascinating stories in series one, and series two promises to be even more thought-provoking and entertaining. Firecracker have secured incredible access to a diverse range of families and we are so thankful for their tireless efforts in making sure everything falls in line with the current guidelines."
Adam Collings said: "We are thrilled to have Stacey back for a second series. The show has been a huge hit for W and given our audience an opportunity to learn more about the families who might live next door. We're excited to see who Stacey encounters next!"
Jes Wilkins, chief creative officer for Firecracker, added: "We are delighted to carry on working with Stacey and UKTV on this stand out series. We've taken all the necessary steps to get series two underway and we can't wait to start filming."
All filming for the series adheres to social distancing guidelines.
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over is the latest UKTV Original for W, following the success of the award-winning Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and Inside the Ambulance, which returns for an eleventh series in September and explores a new region with the South Central Ambulance Service in Oxford and Portsmouth.
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W is UKTV's premium entertainment channel, offering audiences a dazzling mix of UKTV Original series with some of the UK's most-loved talent in front and behind the camera.
Part of the W family, Emma Willis trains as a maternity care assistant in Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, while Emily Atack asks herself some big questions in Emily Atack: Adulting and Stacey Dooley spends some time with extraordinary families in Stacey Dooley: Sleeps Over. For its first foray into scripted original series, W welcomed Lorna Martin's Women on the Verge and celebrity PR drama Flack, starring Academy award winner Anna Paquin.
W will also delve into the world of babies and weddings with My Famous Babysitter and The Wedding Fixer, while channel favourite Inside The Ambulance continues to shine a light on paramedics across the UK. Inside the Operating Theatre takes that relationship further, getting to the heart of the surgeons saving lives inside the hospital. Debut series Ski A&E will look at the heroic actions of emergency ski services. And finally, W's hit acquisitions MasterChef Australia, MasterChef USA and MasterChef USA Juniors round out the offering.
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