Channel Four launches a new kind of documentary series called Seven Days on Wednesday night, which they claim alters the conventions of reality TV. The docu-soap is set in west London’s trendy Notting Hill and follows the day-to-day lives of people living or working there. The serial will capture the events and thoughts of the participants as they happen - each episode will be broadcast in the same week that it's filmed. The fast-turnaround nature means that the characters will be living through and talking about the same things as the viewers at home. Instead of confining participants in the jungle or a purpose-built house, the docu-soap takes place in homes and offices. As well as this, the public are encouraged to interact with the participants via the accompanying Seven Days ChatNav (opens in new tab) website. Here, fans of the show will be able to give the stars 'advice', and in doing so, will influence their behaviour. The website states: "Welcome to a new reality." The show will feature an unemployed musician and rapper, an interior designer, an estate agent, a florist, a hairdresser trying to stop his business from going under, a mother-of-three and chef Aldo Zilli's daughter Laura (pictured). *Seven Days screens on Wednesdays at 10pm from September 22.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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