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MY SECRET PAST RETURNS TO CHANNEL 5 WITH THREE NEW DRAMATIC CELEBRITY STORIES

• The new series features Louis Smith, Kerry Katona and Jennifer Ellison

 

Today, Channel 5 announces the recommission of the celebrity-fronted documentary series, My Secret Past. For this third series, Louis Smith MBE, Kerry Katona and Jennifer Ellison will delve into their pasts and reflect on the secrets and suffering that has affected them personally.

 

The series – which is a co-production by Dragonfly and GroupM Entertainment – will explore a range of subjects from behavioural disorders to mental health and post-natal depression. Authored by the celebrity contributors themselves, we’ll hear first-hand how these personal issues have affected their lives, then and now, and speak to the people who witnessed their stories.

 

We’ll also speak to experts in each field and meet people in Britain going through the same issues today.

 

Louis Smith – ADHD: My Secret Past Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing star, Louis Smith MBE, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was 6 years old. In ADHD: My Secret Past, Louis goes on a personal journey to find out more about his condition and reveals how the discipline of gymnastics and the target of Olympics glory helped him to control it. He’ll meet fellow sufferers and find out if the ADHD behaviours that he’s suppressed for so long will come back to haunt him.

 

Kerry Katona – Mental Health: My Secret Past Reality star and Atomic Kitten, Kerry Katona is famous for her public outbursts but why is she the way she is? In this personal journey, Kerry faces her mental health issues, retracing her troubled childhood to finally find some answers. What triggered her mental health problems and can she keep them under control in the future?

 

Jennifer Ellison – Post-Natal Depression: My Secret Past Jennifer Ellison is best known as a reality TV star and actress of the stage and screen. But behind the smiles, Jennifer kept a big secret: after the birth of her first son she suffered from Postnatal Depression and cried her way through what should have been one of the happiest times of her life. In Post-Natal Depression: My Secret Past, Jennifer goes on a mission to find out everything she can about a condition that affects many new mums, determined not to suffer in silence as she prepares to welcome baby number two.

 

Jason Wells, Acting Commissioning Editor for News, Current Affairs and Documentaries said: “In My Secret Past, celebrities open up and reveal deeply personal insights into the issues they’ve faced in their lives – from mental health problems to ADHD. Their efforts to confront head on these tough subjects that have affected not only them but also many other people in the UK, along with a desire to help other suffers make for a moving and inspiring programme.”

 

Paul Durgan, Series Producer at Dragonfly adds: “My Secret Past reveals celebrities in the raw. As they journey back into their past, we witness both their shock/some shocking revelations and the strength they have found to cope with the issue that’s impacted on their life. And as they meet and mentor young people dealing with the same issues – from ADHD to post-natal depression – some of our best-known faces prove to them they are not alone and that life really can change for the better.”

 

The series will TX on Channel 5 next year.

 

For further information and press requests please contact the Channel 5 Press Office: Victoria Shires / 020 7098 2828 / victoria.shires@outside-org.co.uk

 

Notes to editors For all the latest about Channel 5, follow us @Channel5Press

 

About Channel 5: The channel launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 40 million viewers a month. We were the only terrestrial commercial family of channels and only terrestrial commercial channel to have grown year on year in 2012. Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, kids, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, My Secret Past, Big Body Squad, Benidorm ER, Killers Behind Bars, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children’s strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. Channel 5’s successful drama franchises include CSI, The Mentalist, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and Once Upon A Time.

 

About Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd: Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd is a UK independent production company and has been part of the Shine Group since 2007. Dragonfly has produced more than 200 hours of mainly factual television for various channels, including Channel 4, Five, the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Sky One. At Dragonfly, our aim is simple: to make television that’s daring and different. This is reflected in our shows which are innovative, cutting edge and increasingly diverse. Programmes such as the BAFTA nominated series The Family, the BAFTA Award winning One Born Every Minute and The Hotel are renowned for their original fixed camera approach to observational film making; this brings a fresh insight and sensitivity to previously covered subject matter. Many of these shows have been sold, or re-made around the world, with One Born Every Minute currently being produced for Lifetime in the US, M6 in France and TV4 in Sweden. To date we’ve produced an incredible range of single documentaries, factual dramas and live events, working with some of the most talented people in the industry in the process.

 

About GroupM Entertainment: The primary role of GroupM Entertainment is to produce, finance and distribute entertainment properties for a wide range of international TV and digital markets. The company’s primary business interests extend across all media platforms and a variety of genres, including entertainment, factual entertainment, factual and drama.

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This fast turn-around Channel 5 documentary tells the chilling story of the three young women imprisoned in a cellar in suburban Cleveland, Ohio for 11 years. It will air Monday 20th May at 8pm and is being made for Channel 5 by ITN Producti…

Mysteries of the Deep with Monty Halls (Working Title)

Coming soon to Channel 5, explorer and marine biologist Monty Halls goes in search of the real story behind some of the world’s greatest underwater mysteries, pushing himself to the limit on dangerous, deep sea dives. This is a Tigress/GroupM Entertainment co – production.

 

Off a remote Japanese island Monty battles fierce currents to explore an incredible underwater site which some claim is Japan’s very own lost city of Atlantis.

 

In Egypt, he unravels the mystery of what’s become known as ‘the divers’ graveyard’, in the Blue Hole of Dahab.

 

In America, Monty braves the freezing temperatures of Lake Huron to dive a perfectly preserved ghost ship which sank in a snow storm in1875. On first inspection it looks completely undamaged, so what caused it to sink?

 

Finally, Monty searches for a safe dumped at the bottom of an African lake during World War 1 which is rumoured to contain £50 Million worth of gold.

 

Many of the dives will take Monty to the margins of survivable depth, and the locations present their own unique challenges, but Monty won’t be leaving until he’s unlocked each of their underwater secrets.

 

Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment commented: “Monty brings a true adventurer’s spirit and passion to the programmes, and unravelling these undersea mysteries makes for compulsive viewing.”

 

Tony Moulsdale, Head of Programming for GroupM Entertainment comments: “This is a big, ambitious series that brings together an exciting combination of talent in Monty and the Tigress team, and delivers captivating stories.”

 

Notes to Editors: Mysteries of the Deep with Monty Halls is a Tigress/GroupM Entertainment co – production

 

The series will take the following format: 4 X 60 minutes

 

For press enquiries please contact : Julie.miller@five.tv

 

The series is exec produced by Dick Colthurst for Tigress and Tony Moulsdale/Melanie Darlaston for GroupM entertainment.

 

About Channel 5:

 

 The channel launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 40 million viewers a month. We were the only terrestrial commercial family of channels and only terrestrial commercial channel to have grown year on year in 2012. Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, kids, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, My Secret Past, Big Body Squad, Benidorm ER, Killers Behind Bars, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children’s strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. Channel 5’s successful drama franchises include CSI, The Mentalist, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and Once Upon A Time.

 

About GroupM Entertainment:

 

 The primary role of GroupM Entertainment is to produce, finance and distribute entertainment properties for a wide range of international TV and digital markets. The company’s primary business interests extend across all media platforms and a variety of genres, including entertainment, factual entertainment, factual and drama

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Where The Wild Men Are

Channel 5 and Ben Fogle go to Where The Wild Men Are In this brand new Channel 5 series, adventurer Ben Fogle lives with people who have chosen to inhabit some of the most remote locations on earth and turn their backs on the daily grind. Where The Wild Men Are with Ben Fogle (4 x 60) will air in spring 2013.

 

But who exactly are the people who have the guts to make such a dramatic move? What are the challenges that face them? And what is it that led them to leave behind what most of us would deem “ordinary life”?

 

Where The Wild Men Are with Ben Fogle was commissioned by Steve Gowans, Channel 5 Head of Factual Entertainment, Features and Entertainment. It is a co-production between Renegade Pictures and GroupM Entertainment. Exec Producers are Harry Lansdown for Renegade Pictures and Melanie Darlaston for GroupM Entertainment. Series Producer and Director is Natalie Wilkinson. Producer/Directors are Livia Simoka and Elliot Kew.

 

Steve Gowans, Channel 5 Head of Factual Entertainment, Features and Entertainment said “These people have moved as far away from the rat race as possible. Ben immerses himself in their lives and it’s a fascinating insight into how people embrace a truly alternative lifestyle.”

 

Natalie Wilkinson, Series Producer and Director Renegade Pictures said “Travelling to exceptionally remote locations was a challenge, but then once he arrived, Ben faced these extreme lifestyles head-on. It was fascinating to see what kind of people can make living in such harsh environments work for them and their families.”

 

Tony Moulsdale, Head of Programming GroupM Entertainment said “Where The Wild Men Are is compelling viewing, not just because there’s a tiny part in all of us which dreams of escaping it all, but because the people Ben meets and the places he goes, are quite remarkable.”

 

Ben will visit the following places and live with the people who have ventured there:

 

Alaska, USA

 

30 something couple Bretwood Higman and wife Erin McKittrick moved to one of the remotest parts of Alaska 4 years ago, and have raised two young children in the wilderness. They hiked 4,000 miles to get to their new home and now live half the year in a self-built Mongolian-style yurt – and the other half trekking in the wilderness – accompanied by their infant children. The family chop their own wood for fuel, water comes from an underground well and their dog licks their plates clean. Ben learns vital survival skills to live in the wild -, grizzly bear protection, storm navigation and paddling tiny rafts through freezing waters to reach a stunning glacier.

 

Restoration Island, Australia

 

Former Sydney businessman, Dave Glasheen (69) lost $10million in a single day in the stock market crash of 1987. He and his wife separated and his home was repossessed. With his last savings, Dave bought the lease on part of Restoration Island – and it’s here he’s learned to live like a voluntary castaway. This real-life Robinson Crusoe and his sole companion, dog Quasi, inhabit a 100 acre volcanic island. It’s a 40 minute boat-ride away from Lockhart River – the most remote indigenous Aboriginal population in Australia. Ben learns to oyster pick, brew beer, trade fish and dance with the locals in one of the world’s last remaining genuine wilderness areas. We discover a man who lost everything once, but is set to lose it again – Dave is being evicted from his island home and is doing everything he can to stay…

 

Gorge River, New Zealand

 

Deep in the New Zealand wilderness lives a family in a place so remote it takes two days on foot to reach it. The Long family are hunter-gatherers who survive off the land and call a ramshackle wooden hut their home. Robert Long discovered the untamed area after dropping out of medical school 32 years ago. He and his wife Catherine have raised two teenagers in complete isolation, educating them at home and teaching them how to live off the land and sea that surrounds them. Ben immerses himself into the Long family’s world, hunting with them, killing pests with them and gaining an insight into a way of life that makes him question his own lifestyle back in so called civilization.

 

Texas, USA

 

Former New York fashion photographer John Wells (53) ago quit NYC four years ago for a life off the grid in one of the most inhospitable terrains on earth. Hunting deadly rattlesnakes and decapitating dead cows to sell their horns are just some of the delights that now make up his day job, as is fitting in with the eccentric desert folk and doomsday preppers that inhabit the neighbouring Ghost Town. Ben joins John (and his pet rooster Carl) in their humble abode – a small hut made of scrap metal, complete with an outdoor bathroom that doesn’t leave much to the imagination. A far cry from John’s former mansion in New York state.