Channel 5 have commissioned Red Sauce, part of Zinc Media Group, to produce 136 hours worth of Bargain Loving Brits, including its various spin-off series. The commission is more than double the previous commission of 54 hours.
The two-year commission from Channel 5 comprises of 120 episodes of daytime and 16 peak time episodes of Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun. In 2022, Bargain Loving Brits reached over 22 million viewers across Channel 5 channels.
Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun charts the lives of the Brits who’ve swapped the damp and grey of the UK for a new life in the UK’s most popular holiday destination, Spain. Covering a cross section of ex-pat stories, the new series will continue to tell the stories of the much-loved characters from previous series.
Tom Edwards, Creative Director, Red Sauce, says: “This commission is not only a fantastic endorsement of Bargain Loving Brits but of our whole Manchester team. We are thrilled with this longer-term commitment from Channel 5, which speaks to the faith the channel has in everything BLB. This huge order allows us to creatively refresh our approach to the series and to identify and nurture production talent over a much longer term than ever before – of benefit to them, us and the wider industry.”
Ben Smith, Executive Producer, Red Sauce, says: “Bargain Loving Brits continues to be a huge hit. A commission on this scale presents a fantastic challenge – and opportunity. We plan to hone in on our most-loved characters and plot a way to reliably deliver a huge number of stories which still allows for the natural, real-life and beloved docusoap feel...
"It’s a very exciting creative refresh. The three Bargain Loving Brits series fit so well together – whether it’s peak, daytime or the UK-based Bargain Loving Brits by the Sea which returns this spring. We are delighted with the popularity of the show.”
Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun airs on Channel 5. Watch previous series on My5.