What do Peckham and Chelsea have in common? Well, nothing really. Though Chelsea used to be artsy, and now it’s posh, while Peckham is currently artsy but used to be posh (back in the sixteenth century and the 1950s). However, there’s now something that can unite them for ever more: They both have an observational reality documentary TV show about them. Yup, fans of ‘Made in Chelsea’ get ready, there’s an SE15 equivalent on the way – ‘Peckham’s Finest’.
This show will be brought to you (and to ITV2) by the makers of everyone’s favourite semi-anonymous-until-they’re-revealed-to-the-audience singing game show, ‘The Masked Singer’. It’ll follow the lives of an aspirational group of young people who are living within the edgy little pocket of the Big Smoke. But of course, you won’t just see the career aspect of their lives unfold on the telly, there’ll be a look at friendships, trial and error, romantic relationships, and the rest.
Participants involved include a BMX coach, a radio DJ, a fashion boutique owner, a dance teacher and choreographer, a body-positive coach and influencer, a drag performer, a barista, some street-food chefs, and a salon owner. So there’s a good range of types whose lives you’ll be able to peer into. The show is bringing elements of social media into the mix too, with the hopes of refreshing just whatever this reality TV stuff is for the modern day.
ITV2's commissioning editor, Peter Tierney said, ‘The series will reflect life in Peckham in a way that our viewers can engage with and relate to. It promises stories full of warmth, humour and drama, told in a really contemporary way.’ Sounds all right, doesn’t it?
And no, relax, you won’t have to wait long at all! ‘Peckham’s Finest’ is due to come to our televisions (and laptops, phones, etc.) in October. Also, yeah, if you see cameras around SE15, you might well be stumbling in on the show.
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