BBC One and Naked West, a label under Fremantle, have revealed the upcoming release of five special episodes of Celebrity Escape to the Country. This fresh spin-off series emerges in the wake of the enduring success of the original Escape to the Country format.
This cherished house-hunting show is now infused with a touch of stardom in its new 5 x 45-minute celebrity edition. Celebrity Escape to the Country will feature a captivating lineup of well-known personalities seeking a move to the countryside. Among the participants are Christopher Biggins, the nation’s favourite panto dame and King of the Jungle; Cheryl Baker, the pop star from Bucks Fizz; Doctor Ranj Singh, a TV health professional; Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec from Strictly Come Dancing; and Jenny Ryan, also known as ‘The Vixen’ from The Chase.
Originating in 2002, Escape to the Country, the BBC’s longest-running property show has provided viewers with an enchanting glimpse into the property market of rural Britain. The show offers urban homeowners a perspective on potential country life, guided by property experts, with the decision to embrace or reject the tranquillity of countryside living. Celebrity Escape to the Country will showcase celebrity house hunters exploring the serene landscapes and lifestyles of the Home Counties, Cheshire, the Peak District, Lancashire, Kent, and Sussex.
John Comerford, Head of Naked West, says: “We love helping prospective rural dwellers find their dream homes and we’re delighted the BBC have commissioned this special series giving us all an insight into our favourite celebrities’ lives as they look to swap the city for a new home in the country.”
Julie Shaw, Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime and Factual, added: “Escape to the Country has been a staple in the BBC daytime schedule for 21 years. Audiences love this programme 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.”
The celebrity specials are scheduled to air on BBC One and iPlayer in December.
BBC One and iPlayer have commissioned Celebrity Escape to the Country, with Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning, leading the commission. Julie Shaw serves as the Commissioning Editor. Celebrity Escape to the Country is a production of Naked West, a Fremantle label, with Emma Smith and John Comerford as the Executive Producers.