Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Staff reporter
Staff reporter - [email protected] • 21 Nov, 2014 Updated Fri 21 Nov 2014 19:09 CEST
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Have you and your family moved to a snowy wildscape in Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.


Optomen Television in London is searching for individuals, couples or families living in Norway, Sweden or Denmark who would like to show the world their unique way of living in one of the remotest yet beautiful parts of the world.

The company is producing a new documentary series for the UK's Channel 4 about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations of the world.

The programme will be hosted by Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series "Grand Designs".

McCloud will visit people in their wilderness homes and get to experience first-hand the wonder of life in these stunning locations.

Kevin McCloud. Photo: Shutterstock.

The research team are looking for anyone who fits the following criteria:

  • One or all of the family or couple must be UK expat;
  • Must have relocated to a cold climate in one of the Nordic nations or beyond;
  • Happy to allow Kevin McCloud to stay with them at their home for five days.

Ideally, applicants may have built their own home, be growing their own food, hunting for food, making their own clothes and/or furniture, living off-grid, and finding innovative ways to make energy.

Cheryl Jackson, one of the show's producers, said to The Local: "Our research team in London is currently looking for suitable stories to feature in the series and we're keen to contact people who may be interested in taking part. We are seeking expat British families living self-sufficiently in wilderness locations in a cold climate."

"Scandinavia is one of the last territories in the world that can be called a raw wilderness. Across the Nordic countries there still remain the most amazing, stunning and extreme landscapes."

As regards the format of the documentary, Jackson explained: "The idea is that Kevin McCloud will spend around five days living with the family, experiencing life in wilderness locations. Our ideal scenario is one where the individual/couple/family have built their own property and are living off-grid."

The show is expected to air in the middle of next year.

If you are interested, or know somebody that may be suitable please contact cheryl.jackson[at] or call +44 (0)203 227 5996.



Staff reporter 2014/11/21 19:09

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