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Second Chance Summer
Factual Entertainment - 6 x 60' - HD
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BROADCASTER

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In a heart-warming new format ten strangers are about to experience a summer that could change their lives forever. All are at a crossroads in their lives - and all dream of leaving Britain behind to begin a new life in the sun. For seven weeks they will put their dream to the test in an incredible try-before-you-buy experiment as they move to a beautiful farm in Tuscany.


With its vineyard, olive grove and space for a restaurant, this extraordinary location harbours endless possibilities. Individually, purchasing this farm would be beyond the means of our cast. But if they pool their financial resources and learn to work together, this new life is one that they could share.

Between them, our cast have the skills they need to make this work. There might be a builder, a gardener, gifted cooks and those with experience of running a business. As the weeks pass, they’ll begin to realise their vision and personal ambitions - from making olive oil or wine to welcoming guests to a B & B. Along the way they’ll rediscover what really matters: from the materialistic businessman who realises there’s more to life than money, to the empty-nester putting herself first for the first time since having kids.

At the end of the seven weeks the group will face a life-changing decision: do they return to Britain or pool their cash to pursue their dreams? No matter what they decide, this will be a formative experience for all involved.

Ratings

Second Chance Summer performed well on BBC2 throughout its six episode run, averaging 1.2m viewers, which equates to a 5.2% share of TV viewing.

The programme was particularly popular with older audiences, gaining a 6.7% of 55-64 year olds and a 7.5% share of those aged 65+.

SCS achieved viewing levels higher than the channels evening slot average, averaging +7% more viewers in total. These levels are at +30% for 55-64’s, and +13% for those 65+.

Reviews

 “It looks like it’s going to be fun.” – The Guardian

“Big Brother for posh people…” – The Guardian

“Second Chance Summer: Tuscany was as enjoyable as a glass of fine Merlot” – Telegraph

“Most refreshingly, none of it felt mean-spirited: everyone had reasons for their behaviour, however deeply buried they may have been. I’ll certainly be giving it a second chance.” – Telegraph

“It sounds like a recipe for chaos, but the stories of Gavin, Karen and their new friends make for inspiring viewing from the creators of The Real Marigold Hotel.” – TV Times (editor pick)

“Second Chance Summer ... has been an unbridled delight. It has traumatised the reality format by daring to give us kindness, beauty, hope and wisdom over six long and happy weeks of life on a Tuscan farm... A brave, surprising gem throughout.” - The Guardian