Article: Worldscreen

Media Ranch to Adapt Life in the Kitchen Format

By Sara Alessi

Published: July 27, 2015

MONTREAL: Bell Media’s lifestyle and entertainment channel Canal Vie has commissioned Media Ranch to produce a remake of the format Life in the Kitchen for French Canada.

As part of an option deal with all3media international, Media Ranch will adapt the format as a 4x1-hour series, with the title still to be confirmed. This marks the first time the format has been adapted outside the U.K. The format was originally created by Studio Lambert as a 3x1-hour documentary series for BBC Two. The format uses a recurring cast of households and examines how people relate to food and to each other in terms of how they enjoy meals.

Sophie Ferron, the president of Media Ranch, remarked, “We’re delighted to be producing Life in the Kitchen for Canal Vie. It fits perfectly in our portfolio strategy of creating ‘entertainment with a conscience.’ The format provides a unique snapshot—a fly on the wall view—of how families interact across the country. We fell in love with the format the minute we saw it and are thrilled that Canal Vie shares our passion for it!” 

Nick Smith, the senior VP of international format production at all3media international, said, "We're delighted that Media Ranch will explore the humor and drama in the kitchens of French Canada and look forward to seeing the differences and similarities with kitchens in the U.K. and in Scandinavia (where an adaption is also due to launch in 2016)."

Media Ranch is currently in discussions with broadcasters to remake the format in English-speaking Canada.