DRG and UKTV join forces to co-commisson new cookery and lifestyle title. Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen is the first production from Splay One for the UK market, and the series is set to launch at MIPTV.
DRG today announces that it has joined forces with UKTV to co-commission Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen, a new cookery and lifestyle series that’s due to air on the broadcaster’s Good Food channel this summer.
The 8 x 30 series, produced by the Swedish company Splay One, part of the NENT Studios, follows the popular British chef as she puts her own twist on traditional Swedish dishes in the kitchen of a ‘stuga’, an old-style wooden house. However, this is more than just a cookery show: Rachel spends time immersed in nature in the local countryside, making the most of her new way of life, as well as meeting with food producers and other local craftspeople. There’s also a sprinkling of witty anecdotes, charming stories and entertaining observations about her new homeland.
The show has been commissioned by DRG’s SVP of acquisitions, Mette Kanne-Behrendsen and Kirsty Hanson, commissioning editor at UKTV. It was ordered for Good Food by Vicky Walker, channel director.
Mette Kanne-Behrendsen, DRG’s SVP of acquisitions and executive producer, struck the co-commissioning deal with UKTV. She comments: “When we heard that Splay One, a sister company within the NENT Group, were talking to Rachel Khoo we were very excited. Rachel is such a fresh talent and her mouth-watering recipes, combined with the stunning Swedish backdrop, make for a compelling watch. I could immediately see this series finding a home with UKTV’s Good Food, so was delighted that they agreed and we were able to co-commission it in partnership.”
Kirsty Hanson said: “Having lived in Sweden for the past few years, Rachel is the perfect person to help Good Food viewers explore the country’s culture and food. The series is not only beautifully shot, but also the Swedish landscapes are breathtaking and escapist. A relatively undiscovered culinary history, the simplicity of the dishes really translates well on screen.”
Rachel Khoo commented: “I’m excited to share my culinary adventures around Sweden and the delicious recipes inspired by them from my little Swedish kitchen.”
Vicky Walker, Good Food’s channel director adds: “We are always on the lookout for distinctive new cookery content for Good Food. Rachel is an incredibly watchable and accessible cook and her ability to welcome viewers in to her new life and show a rarely seen, everyday Sweden is what makes this series so special.”
DRG retains the international rights for Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen and will be officially launching the title to international broadcasters at MIPTV this month. The series is DRG’s second major commission, following documentary series Manson’s Bloodline, and further endorses its strategy to be fully involved with all aspects of content from development and financing, through to commissioning, production and distribution.
About Nordic Entertainment Group:
Nordic Entertainment Group AB (publ) (NENT Group) is the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. We entertain millions of people every day with our streaming services, TV channels and radio stations, and our production companies create content that is experienced around the world. We make life more entertaining by telling stories, touching lives and expanding worlds – from live sports, movies and series to music and original shows. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘NENT A’ and ‘NENT B’).
Our studio business, NENT Studios, is behind acclaimed works in multiple genres ranging from factual, documentary and reality to game shows, lifestyle and drama. A total of 32 different companies in 17 countries make up the studios division. The local presence means that we work with some of the most talented and creative people in each of our markets. This content is then available on our own channels and platforms, and also sold to other entertainment providers in over 240 territories worldwide.