Thursday 19 September 2019

Viewers to go behind the scenes at Hotel Chocolat in new BBC Studios commission

The successful business began with a £10,000 loan.

Angus Thirlwell and his business partner set up the firm with a £10,000 loan (BBC Studios/PA)
Angus Thirlwell and his business partner set up the firm with a £10,000 loan (BBC Studios/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Viewers will go behind the scenes of Hotel Chocolat in one of three new Channel 5 commissions from BBC Studios.

Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat will feature an “all access pass” to the company, set up by Angus Thirlwell and his business partner with a £10,000 loan.

The two-part series on Channel 5 will travel to St Lucia, where the £100 million business, which began by selling chocolate online, has its own cocoa plantation.

BBC Studios, the corporation’s TV production arm, whose shows include Planet Earth II and Strictly Come Dancing, launched as a commercial business last year, to make programmes for other broadcasters as well as the BBC.

Strictly presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (BBC)

Other programmes announced on Monday include a three-part presenter-led series on the Bermuda Triangle and Top Of The Box, a four-part archive entertainment series, both for Channel 5.

BBC Studios director Mark Linsey said: “We’ve loved developing these shows with Channel 5 and I can’t wait to see them on air.”

BBC Studios recently announced its first commission for Channel 4, conducting an “autopsy” on a fatberg.

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