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Leeds based Wise Owl Films today announced its first Channel 4 commission, Second-Hand For 50 Grand, following the staff and customers of one of Britain’s leading companies in pre-owned luxury.

The 1x60 minute documentary, goes behind the scenes at Xupes, exploring how second-hand chic is the latest growing trend in the luxury goods industry – from Chanel handbags to rare Rolex watches.

Run by 33-year-old CEO Joe McKenzie, Xupes is a 35-strong team based at the company HQ in Hertfordshire. The documentary follows Joe and his dedicated team as they buy, sell, fix and find the rarest pieces of luxury items on the planet – for clients each with their own special personal reasons for owning, or wanting to own them.

Joe bought his first watch for £500, sold it for £1000 and was hooked. Today the business deals in watches, handbags and jewellery - turning over a neat £15m a year.

Wise Owl Films’ Creative Director Mark Robinson said: “In 2021, second-hand chic is the latest must-have for luxury lovers who want something that no one else has got. It was fascinating to see how much expertise and detective work went into finding – and putting a value on – these incredible rare items. It was a privilege to hear the often emotional stories behind why clients fall in love with them”.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 21 April at 10pm. It is a 1 x 60 minute film commissioned for Channel 4 by Will Rowson, Commissioning Editor, Factual. The documentary is filmed, produced and directed by Tom Green and executive produced by Matt Drury for Wise Owl Films.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand is the latest commission for the Leeds-based Lime Pictures factual label Wise Owl Films, whose other recent commissions include the BBC2 documentary When Bob Marley Came To Britain, the More4 series David Jason’s Great British Inventions; Sky Arts’ Guy Garvey: From The Vaults and the upcoming BBC2 series Firefighters.



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About Wise Owl Films:
Wise Owl Films was launched in November 2018 as a new, non-scripted label of Lime Pictures.  Based in Leeds and headed up by Creative Director Mark Robinson who founded ITV Studios label Shiver in the 2007. 

During his time at Shiver/ITV Studios Robinson created over 200 different series and specials for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV Gold, including May The Best House Win, Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green, David Jason: My Life On Screen, Last Laugh In Vegas and The Nations Favouritemusic series.

About Lime Pictures:

Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent production company with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences.  From network programming to streaming and digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships, Lime is at the forefront of some of today's most popular entertainment. 

Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama Free Rein for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 in the UK (now in its 24th year) and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV.  Previous credits include the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey for Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.

 Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.




It’s time for another visit to the gossip and glamour capital of the UK, as The Only Way Is Essex returns for its 28th series. Lifting the lid on the lives of Essex’s most colourful characters, the brand-new 11-part series will give viewers a chance to catch up on all the latest goings on from the glamorous cast.

Last series saw Essex more action-packed than ever, and since the cameras left them behind last year, Georgia and Tommy announced that they were expecting a baby boy, some of Essex’s closest friends are almost at breaking point, there are potential rekindling of controversial relationships, secret kisses and an Essex Queen deciding it's time to De-Essex…

So, what will the state of play look like now? Will the continued uncertainty faced by an international pandemic improve the harmony in Essex, or will there be more beef than ever…?

This series promises to bring lots of TOWIE sparkle to your screens, and whilst the cast are still living under the UK’s third lockdown restrictions, drama has been brewing amongst this glamorous crowd. There will be some new faces popping up along the way, alongside the iconic Harry Derbidge returning.

The Only Way Is Essex has been recommissioned by ITV’s Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, ITV. The series is made by Lime Pictures and is executive produced by Cheryl Price and Luke McFarlane.


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Notes to editor:

Series 28 of The Only Way is Essex will be filmed by Lime Pictures following strict COVID-19 protocols, ensuring that cast and crew are safe throughout.

The show will still be bringing you the cast’s real lives and stories, but to keep everyone safe TOWIE have had to create its own little world to film in. So, although you may see cast in pubs and restaurants, don’t worry because they've opened just for the show and have put in lots of extra measures, so Lime Pictures and ITV can still bring you the TOWIE you love safely. 



Channel 4 have confirmed that five plucky celebrities will be taking to the stage and performing comedy routines in a new format that sees them attempting to master the art of stand-up.

Stand Up and Deliver will follow famous faces as they are paired up with established comics who’ll mentor them and train them on their journey to have audiences rolling in the aisles. 

Each celebrity will have to perfect their routine and to perform in a special gala performance. It’s a nerve-shredding, rib-tickling experience that forces our famous faces firmly out of their comfort zone and into a whole new world of performance pain. But only one star will be crowned Stand Up & Deliver Champion 2020. So who’ll have the last laugh?


Stand Up and Deliver has been commissioned by Head of Factual Entertainment, Alf Lawrie and Commissioning Editor Becky Cadman for Channel 4. Produced by Lime Pictures under Sarah Tyekiff, Head of Unscripted, with Andrew Jackman as Executive Producer and Claudine Parrish, Series Producer. 


Stand Up & Deliver will air as part of Stand Up To Cancer 2020.



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About Stand Up To Cancer (UK) 



  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research
  • Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, turning academic breakthroughs in the labs into new treatments that make a real difference for people with cancer
  • More than £62 million has been raised in the UK to date, funding 52 clinical trials and projects involving 11,000 cancer patients across the country
  • Research projects include the development of pioneering technology to detect super low levels of cancerous DNA in blood to improve the way we diagnose ovarian cancer, developing a new immunotherapy drug to boost the power of the immune system against cancer, exploring an entirely new approach to treating bowel cancer, and much more
  • Stars such as Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, James Corden, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Richard Ayoade, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy, Danny Dyer, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Lily James, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Maya Jama, Joe Lycett and Roman Kemp are just some of the talent who have supported Stand Up To Cancer  To find out more about fundraising activities visit channel4.co.uk/SU2C or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram  






Just when you thought it was safe to re-enter the dating pool, think again, as Celebs Go Dating is back and supercharged for 2021, it’s bigger, bolder and sexier than ever. For the very first time, the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in one very plush mansion. There’ll be dates, drinks and drama, and most importantly, there’ll be nowhere to hide!

In this brand-new series, our single and unlucky-in-love celebrities will be heading off on a luxurious UK dating retreat where they will spend four weeks looking for love. But that’s not all – for the first time in Celebs Go Dating history, our cameras will be following our celebs 24/7 as they try to navigate the choppy waters of modern dating.

Joining this supersized series will be Geordie lass Chloe Ferry, Love Island fave and dancing pro Curtis Pritchard, actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Karim Zeroual, Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor Kimberly Hart-Simpson, socialite with razor sharp wit, Made In Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann, Internationally renowned DJ Tom Zanetti and Ibiza’s King of Ocean Beach Wayne Lineker. 

As always, they’ll be under the ever-watchful eyes of dating experts Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson, ably assisted by Junior Client Coordinator and celeb confidante, Tom Read Wilson. Rob Beckett will also be back delivering his trademark humour as voiceover. Every hang up and hook up will be scrutinised like never before, as our celebs embark on this immersive search for true love.

Living with our lucky celebs will be a group of potential matches with whom the celebrities will go on a series of dates. But this time, whether they want to continue the romance, or cut all ties, avoidance won’t be an option because face to face communication is the order of the day. But will the close proximity lead to committed couples, or romantic rivalry? If our celebs find themselves in any illicit liaisons, they certainly won’t stay secret for long!

With plenty of new challenges, memorable dating excursions and more chances than ever to find the perfect connection, all-new Celebs Go Dating is sure to be its most dramatic series yet.

Upon joining the virtual dating agency Geordie Shore lass Chloe Ferry said

“I am absolutely buzzing to join the agency for the second time this year! I did the virtual series and loved the whole process but am now really ready for the agents to find me a proper match. Hopefully meeting face to face will help with feeling a real connection.”

Love Island fave and dancing pro, Curtis Pritchard said:

“I’m so excited to join the celebs go dating agency. I’m really looking forward to learning more about myself. I can’t wait to see who the agents set me up with. I have not been on many dates in my life, so I’m super exited to explore the dating scene, hopefully I’ll find my version of the perfect woman” 

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up, Karim Zeroual said:

“Sadly, this year I came out of a long-term relationship, but I feel ready now to start dating again and throw myself in the deep end. Hopefully the agents are going to help me find the girl of my dreams!” 

Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor, Kimberly Hart-Simpson said:

“I’ve joined the agency because I’m 33, still live with my mum and don’t know why I’m still single. I’ve been putting myself out there, and joined pretty much every dating app going, so not sure what I’m doing wrong. Hoping Anna and Paul will help me figure that out and find my perfect match (whatever gender!)”

Made in Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann said:

“2020 has definitely been a bleak year for dating, how many socially distanced park walks can one go on?! I’ve joined the agency to hopefully find love and not have to spend another lockdown alone. I think the agency will have their work cut out for them, mainly due to my lack of filter and pickiness, but I am putting all of my trust into their hands.”

Internationally renowned DJ, Tom Zanetti said:

“I don’t have a girlfriend; all my businesses have shut down and I’ve been asked to live in a mansion full of gorgeous women and crazy characters for a month. ERMMM, SIGN ME UP!”

Ibiza’s King of Ocean Beach, Wayne Lineker said:

“After being single for over 2 years, I am so ready to meet somebody I can hopefully spark a romance with. I’ve heard great things about the agency, and that Anna, Paul and Tom give sound advice. I’m excited to see the potential dates that the agents bring to the table, and hopefully learn a few things about myself along the way.”

Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said:

“Dating has been pretty dire in 2020 and the love lives of lots of us have been on ice, so for 2021 we want to help heat things up for our single celebs by supercharging their search for the one. With our celebs surrounded by potential matches 24/7 who knows whether we’ll get love, lust or a good dose of both - one things for sure - it’ll be unmissable.”

Sarah Tyekiff, Head of Unscripted Programming, Lime Pictures said:

“After a very date free 2020 we’re turning up the heat as we move The Agency and our single Celebs into a luxurious country house. Our celebs will live together 24/7 without the distractions from their normal lives, so that they can really focus on finding The One. And the best way to do that…the datees are moving in! Get ready for awkward first dates, bathroom bump ins and some unfiltered romance.”

The health and safety of cast and crew is a top priority. Strict COVID-19 protocols and industry guidelines will be adhered to throughout filming in order to maintain a safe working environment.

Celebs Go Dating will return to E4 in early 2021.


Celebs Go Dating is produced by Lime Pictures.



Netflix today announced that its new original series figure-skating and ice hockey drama, Zero Chill, will launch on 15th March 2021. 

The live action kids and family series follows 15-year-old figure skater Kayla as her life is up-ended from Canada to the UK, when her twin brother Mac gets a place at a prestigious ice hockey academy. Distraught at her parents’ decision to put her brother’s ambitions before her own, Kayla must find her place on the ice again and step out from the shadow of her superstar twin.

  • Cast includes:
    • Newcomers Grace Beedie and Dakota Benjamin Taylor as Kayla and Mac
    • Jade Ma (Black Widow, Surviving Christmas
    • Sarah Jane Potts (Gracepoint, Kinky Boots)
    • Oscar Skagerberg (The Last Kingdom, Midnight Sun)
    • Doug Rao (NCIS:Los Angeles, Ransom)
    • Christina Tam (Transformers: The Last Knight, The Limehouse Golem)
    • Stanislaus Steinbichler (Vienna Blood)


  • Zero Chill is the latest Netflix project from Lime Pictures, the team behind double Emmy award-winning Free Rein.
  • The 10 x 30-minute series is created by Kirstie Falkous and John Regier, and is Executive Produced by Angelo Abela and Tim Compton.
  • The young and talented writing room has been led by Head Writer Adam Usden (Ackley Bridge)
  • Quote from Angelo Abela and Tim Compton: “When you collide the two worlds of ice hockey and figure skating, the stories and the visuals are incredible. And with Zero Chill the audience are right there in the arena, amidst all the conflict and spectacle. We’ve assembled the best in fresh writing talent and after an extensive search we’ve found a truly international cast, who are as exceptional on screen as they are on the ice. The result is a uniquely exciting drama for the family audience.”

About the production:

Set in the fictional Hammarström Ice Hockey Academy, the show features a fully skating cast, with a fluid camera style giving the audience the feel of actually being on the ice with the characters. Casting took place across Europe and Canada, with the English-speaking cast hailing from Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France, Canada and the UK, giving the show a uniquely diverse feel. Filming has taken place in and around Sheffield, one of the great hubs of ice skating in the UK. The cast were trained on the ice for several months prior to filming starting, with some of the best coaches in the country.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 204 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

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 children’s scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks, that celebrated its 25thyear in 2020.  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 in using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.   

Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama Free Rein for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, Geordie OGs, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 in the UK and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV.  It also produces E4’s highly successful Celeb’s Go Dating and  Gemma Collins:  Diva Forever Previous credits include Educating Joey Essex, Life on Marbs,  the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffeyfor Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.


Channel 4 has confirmed the five plucky celebrities who are set to be thrust into the often unforgiving world of stand-up comedy for Stand Up and Deliver, an entertaining new two-part series in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

Broadcaster and Reverend Richard Coles, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, former Conservative Party co-Chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn will each be paired up with an established comic who’ll mentor and train them in their attempt to master the art of stand-up comedy.

David Baddiel will coach Reverend Richard Coles, Jason Manford will be tasked with shepherding Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will champion Katie McGlynn.

Dating #NoFilter returns to E!

Comedy blind dating series, Dating #NoFilter season two, will continue this November on E! Be prepared for some of the most hilarious and outrageous episodes ever, as the show returns to our screens, with its fresh and hilariously honest take on the modern dating scene for the socially savvy, right-swiping generation.

In each buzzy half-hour episode, three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on the most outrageous, intimate, and surprising first dates.  Throughout the blind dates, the comedians will offer their candid and unique point of views as they weigh in on every accidental love story pulling at viewers’ heart strings and the “OMG-no!” cringe-worthy moments, with real and unfiltered commentary. And expect to see equally wild date spots this season, from a booty facial spa to a circus tightrope class!

Dating #NoFilter season two’s line-up of hilarious comedians includes: Cara ConnorsKelsey DarraghSteve FureyShapel LaceyZach Noe Towers and Nina Parker.

The second half of Lime Pictures’ Dating #NoFilter season two returns on Wednesday 18 November with two back to back episodes beginning at 10pm ET/PT on E!


ITV and Lime Pictures announced today that, in honour of ten years of The Only Way is Essex, the county of Essex has been turned gold – by making a one-off image of the county in association with Ordnance Survey data and maps.

The move is to celebrate the tenth birthday of The Only Way is Essex, which turned the county of Essex into a global phenomenon, attracting tourism worldwide and racking up celebrity fans such as Kate Middleton, Chris Pratt and Ed Sheeran.

A series of geographical stats gathered from OS data has been given the TOWIE treatment to celebrate the birthday

Did you know…

  • The journey from Sheesh to Sugarhut is the same length as 1,266,000 fake eyelashes, 119,000 stilettos or 63,000 bottles of prosecco
  • The distance from Brentwood to the beach at Southend, is equivalent to 45,900 of Bobby’s Mankinis
  • It would take 1,436,000,000 Vajazzle gems from Amy’s salon to makeover the whole of Brentwood high street
  • Yazmin Oukhellou goes from her clothing boutique ‘Yaz’ to the nail salon once a week, which means in a year it’s the same as walking to the end of Southend Pier (reported to be the longest pier in the world) and back 459 times

Fans can view the map at the official @TOWIE Instagram page where they will also be able to take a virtual tour of some of the iconic Essex locations made famous by the hit show.

These include Faces Nightclub, King’s Oak High Beach, the Old Regent Ballroom and, of course, SugarHut.

Sarah Tykeiff, Head of Unscripted at Lime Pictures, said: “As we celebrate 10 amazing years of TOWIE, it seems only right to give the official Ordnance Survey map of Essex a bit of TOWIE pizzazz, by turning the iconic British county gold. It is definitely, ‘reem’.”

TOWIE continues every Sunday and Wednesday evening on ITVBe at 9pm. Lifting the lid on the lives of Essex’s most colorful characters, the brand-new 18 part series will give viewers a chance to catch up on all the latest goings on from the glamorous cast with surprise visits from some of our favourite TOWIE faces from the past decade, who are returning to our screens to join in the celebrations of this anniversary series. 

Don’t Filter Feelings: Racism and My Children

In the latest Don’t Filter Feelings podcast episode, Brenda Edwards, Kelle Bryan and Chelsee Healey discuss their personal experiences of racism, and how it has impacted on their children.


Lime Pictures’ non-scripted label Wise Owl Films has landed its first Sky Arts commission with the six-part music documentary series, Guy Garvey: From The Vaults as part of Sky Arts move to free-to-air. The series will air from Friday 18 September at 9pm on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has curated six hours of his favourite artistes and songs from the Seventies and Eighties, with the series uncovering previously unseen performances by rock music icons like Kate Bush. The documentaries will also unearth studio performances, out-takes and revealing interviews that have stayed hidden on the shelves for decades. 

The series is centred around shows which were made by ITV companies around the country – from Tony Wilson and Granada TV’s So It Goes to Tyne Tees’ ground-breaking Channel 4 series The Tube and LWT’s The London Weekend Show - chronicling not just changing musical tastes but evolution in the UK’s social and cultural history too.  The series travels from Punk and New Wave to the birth of ‘Madchester’.

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