Grand Designs: The Street is to return to Channel 4 with two new series. The commission comes following the ratings success of Grand Designs which aired in January with 3.4 million viewers.
Produced by Naked West (a Fremantle label), the two 6 x 60’ series’ will follow a selection of intrepid self-builders as they embark on a journey to create and build their own unique homes.
Host Kevin McCloud will return to the UK’s largest mass self-build site, Graven Hill, Oxfordshire, to observe the trials, setbacks and successes of future residents endeavouring to craft their own, highly individual homes.
The series will also follow the fortunes of several exciting new pilot plots in Glasgow, ambitiously being developed into extraordinary homes. Visiting the houses as they progress, alongside Kevin, will be new co-presenter Natasha Huq, an Edinburgh-based, award-winning architect.
The first series of Grand Designs: The Street, which aired in 2019, consolidated at 2.1m viewers over the series. The most recent series of Grand Designs, which aired in January 2021, was the highest rated series in 12 years.
Kevin McCloud said: “We witnessed the very beginnings of the Graven Hill site in the first series of The Street and it was an honour to spend time alongside our ten plucky guinea pigs. Now we’re back to follow more projects as Britain’s largest self-build community really gets going. I’m also excited to be able to look at other pilot projects such as Glasgow in this series. Self-build and custom-build are here to stay and at this rate they’re going to make a big contribution to Britain’s housing supply.”
Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 said, “Both new series of Grand Designs: The Street will capture the spirit of community that these incredible self-build streets engender, as the determination, resilience and ambition of the builders shines through, to create something extraordinary.”
John Comerford, Head of Naked West, said: “Grand Designs has always been about more than just remarkable architecture, it’s about the people behind the projects, and 2019’s series of The Street showed us just what happens when you bring those people together in a community. We’re excited to be able to explore this concept further in not just one, but two new series.”
Grand Designs: The Street was commissioned by Ian Dunkley at Channel 4. The Executive Producer for Naked West is John Comerford and the Series Producer is Ned Williams.
For further information please contact:
Amy Huson firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
See below for the technical distinction between self-build and custom-build; two different methods of procuring a home:
- Self-build is where the homeowner takes on a consultant team and then separate contractors/sub-contractors to design and build a home that is entirely bespoke.
- Custom-build is where the homeowner commissions a company to deliver a finished building for a guaranteed price. The product can be tailored and altered to produce a semi-bespoke home.
Naked (a Fremantle label) creates and produces high quality, innovative factual and entertainment programming for the UK, US, and international markets. Current and recent productions include BAFTA-nominated The Rap Game UK (BBC Three), Grand Designs (Channel 4), The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles, Strangers Making Babies (Channel 4), Secret Crush (ITV2), Planet Sex (BBC Three & Hulu), Great British Railway Journeys (BBC Two) and Escape to the Country (BBC One).
Fremantle UK is the British production arm of global entertainment group, Fremantle. We are made up of a number of labels, each with its own creative signature, which produce best-in-class programming for all the main UK television networks and many global streaming platforms.
Our content spans a wide range of genres from dramas and sitcoms through gameshows, talent shows, and panel shows to lifestyle, documentary and reality.
We are home to some of the UK’s best known, best loved, and most talked about series including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Family Fortunes, Supermarket Sweep, Q.I., Celebrity Juice, Too Hot To Handle, The Apprentice, Grand Designs, Escape to the Country, Great Railway Journeys, Eating with My Ex, The Sister, Dublin Murders, The Rap Game, 100% Hotter and many more.
We are proud of our work and our brand and strive for originality, diversity, and creative excellence in all that we do. Our team is passionate, hard-working and above all, collaborative.