You know him as a Hollywood ‘hardman’ and one of footballers toughest ever players. But later this year, Vinnie Jones will show a whole new side of himself by fronting his very own series for discovery+, sharing his passion for his newly acquired countryside retreat in the South of England in Vinnie Jones In The Country.
In this 6×60’ series produced by Lime Pictures, Vinnie Jones goes all-in on 147 acres of land in the South of England. Following the death of his wife and childhood sweetheart, Tanya, a grieving Vinnie is looking for a new meaning to life, and he is hoping that this bit of land could be it. This uplifting series will follow Vinnie as he adjusts to the ways of the countryside. We follow Vinnie and his farming family build, bond and banter while also attempting to save the local wildlife.
Vinnie’s illustrious career as a tough-tackling midfielder in the 1980s and ‘90s and as a Hollywood star, featuring in some of the most iconic films of the last 20 years like Snatch, X-Men and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, has solidified his reputation as one of the UK’s toughest, no-nonsense celebrities.
From the heights of FA Cup glory and the limelight of Hollywood, Vinnie’s rise to the top over the past 40 years has been meteoric. But in 2019, Vinnie’s world was rocked when Tanya, his wife of 25 years, tragically passed away after a long illness.
Now, Vinnie is looking to the future in his brand-new series for discovery+.
“Most people know me as a professional footballer or Hollywood hardman, but what people probably don’t know is that all of that hard work has been to support my real passion: my home in the Great British countryside,” Vinnie Jones said. “I was brought up living off the fruits of the land and I can’t wait to show people at home the joy of the outdoors, the beauty of the British countryside, and the reward of good old fashioned hard work. Bring it on!”
On the commission, Clare Laycock, SVP Head of Content – Networks & Streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery, said: “After decades on the football pitch and silver screen, I am delighted to bring Vinnie Jones and this heart-warming new series to Discovery+. Vinnie’s charisma, determination and fiery personality shine through in this series, and viewers are going to love getting to know a surprising new side to this hard-as-nails footballer: a true country gentleman!”
Becky Cadman Creative Director – Format & Talent at Lime Pictures, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. Discovery to bring Vinnie Jones’ countryside vision to life. Expect chaos, comedy, and a whole lot of heart.”
Vinnie Jones: In The Country will launch on Discovery+ Monday 20th November.
The series was ordered by Clare Laycock and Charlotte Reid is the Commissioner. Matt Reid is Commissioning Executive for Discovery+ and Charlie Clay is the Executive Producer for Lime Pictures.
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About Lime Pictures:
Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world-class, cutting-edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to kids scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks. With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.
Lime Pictures’ extensive catalogue of programming includes worldwide Netflix hits Dance Monsters, Zero Chill and double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITVX. Productions for MTV include Geordie Shore (the highest rated series outside of North America), Geordie OGs, True Love or True Lies, Love at First Lie: Who’s A Couple And Who’s A Con and Are You The One? UK. Lime Pictures also produces E4’s highly successful Celebs Go Dating as well as ITVX’s Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps.
Recent commissions for Lime US include Who Do You Believe?, a gripping true-crime series, for ABC and Match Me in Miami, a look behind the scenes of an elite matchmaking agency, for Roku Originals.
Previous credits include Stand Up and Deliver for Channel 4, Educating Joey Essex and Gemma Collins: Diva Forever for ITV, Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey for Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.