Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Have you and your family moved to Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics
Do you live off-grid in Scandinavia? Photo: Colourbox
Optomen Television in London is searching for individuals, couples or families living in Norway, Sweden or Denmark who would like to show the world their unique way of living in one of the remotest yet beautiful parts of the world.
The company is producing a new documentary series for the UK's Channel 4 about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations of the world.
The programme will be hosted by Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series Grand Designs.
McCloud will visit people in their wilderness homes and get to experience first-hand the wonder of life in these stunning locations.
Kevin McCloud
Kevin McCloud. Photo: Shutterstock
The research team are looking for anyone who fits the following criteria:
One or all of the family or couple must be UK expat;
  • Must have relocated to a cold climate in one of the Nordic nations or beyond;
  • Happy to allow Kevin McCloud to stay with them at their home for five days.
  • Ideally, applicants may have built their own home, be growing their own food, hunting for food, making their own clothes and/or furniture, living off-grid, and finding innovative ways to make energy.
Cheryl Jackson, one of the show's producers, said to The Local: "Our research team in London is currently looking for suitable stories to feature in the series and we're keen to contact people who may be interested in taking part. We are seeking expat British families living self-sufficiently in wilderness locations in a cold climate."
"Scandinavia is one of the last territories in the world that can be called a raw wilderness. Across the Nordic countries there still remain the most amazing, stunning and extreme landscapes."
As regards the format of the documentary, Jackson explained: "The idea is that Kevin McCloud will spend around five days living with the family, experiencing life in wilderness locations. Our ideal scenario is one where the individual/couple/family have built their own property and are living off-grid."
The show is expected to air in the middle of next year. It will initially be shown on the UK's Channel 4, but producers believe it could also end up being broadcast in Scandinavia.
If you are interested, or know somebody that may be suitable please contact cheryl.jackson[at] or call +44 (0)203 227 5996.

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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