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British boys sent to Indian boarding school for C4

British boys sent to Indian boarding school for C4

Naked Entertainment to produce Himalayan High

A group of struggling British schoolboys are to be sent to live in an Indian boarding school for five months for a Naked Entertainment social experiment for Channel 4.

The broadcaster has ordered Himalayan High (w/t) from Simon Andreae’s 100% Hotter indie as a 3 x 60-minute series.

It will track the progress of the five youngsters, who have failed their GCSEs, as they attend The Doon School in Uttarakhand for boys aged 12 to 18 years old to transform their academic potential.

The format was ordered by C4 head of factual entertainment Kelly Webb-Lamb and fact ent commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby.

It will be executive produced by Naked’s chief executive Andreae and development director Tom O’Brien.

O’Brien said the school has a “rare kind of magic.”

 “The Himalayan backdrop, a fascinating school history, all tied together by a genuine passion and track-record for transforming its pupils’ lives,” he said.

Lazenby added: “Evidence suggests that where white working class boys are taught alongside peers with different ethnic backgrounds they perform better.

“We’re supersizing this notion in the hope that a summer of education in India can turn some teenagers’ academic lives around and give them a better start in adult life.”

Source: Miranda Blazeby