7 Wonder wins first C4 Commission

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Davina McCall is to front 7 Wonder’s first Channel 4 commission – a health-based format combining features and factual elements.

This article was originally published in Broadcast Now on 28 July, 2015 and written by Matthew Campelli

Over My Dead Body (working title) is a 4 x 60-minute series following the former Big Brother host as she explores extreme versions of some of the UK’s most troublesome health issues such as obesity.

Each episode will feature individuals whose lives have been blighted by their condition as they embark on a journey of recovery, helped by a team of experts. The programme will climax with a “jaw-dropping finale” as the contributor takes on a challenge they would previously have been unable to tackle.

Throughout the series, experts will investigate the impact of major health issues on society as a whole.

Former Maverick producer Sarah Trigg will exec the series.

She previously worked across a slate of health-based formats for the All3Media-owned indie including Channel 4’s 10 Years Younger, Embarrassing Bodies and its spin-off Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic.

“I am keen to move features forward,” she said. “The show will combine the strengths of offering features take outs but with a documentary feel.”

Over My Dead Body was ordered by C4’s deputy head of features Alex Menzies.

Menzies said the project was “part of a tranche of commissions which aims to explore health issues that affect huge swathes of us in new, engaging and challenging ways”.

The show has just entered production.

Last week the broadcaster announced a raft of health-related shows including the Dr Christian Jessen-fronted House of Hypochondriacs, Twofour’s Dr Know and Katie Piper shows Posh Births and Never Seen a Doctor, Never Seen a Dentist, produced by Broadbean Media and Little Gem respectively.

7 Wonder, a joint venture with Australian broadcaster Seven Networks, landed its first ITV commission earlier this summer - Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America.

This article was originally published in Broadcast Now on 28 July, 2015 and written by Matthew Campelli

Katie Brewer