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Have you ever dreamed of living off the grid?

by Ray Clancy on November 25, 2014

A London-based television company is looking for British expats who have moved to live in remote parts of Scandinavia to take part in a documentary series.

Optomen Television wants to feature individuals, couples or families living in Norway, Sweden or Denmark who would like to talk about why they quit the rat race and chose that part of the world.

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A new TV show wants to feature British expats living off-grid in remote parts of Scandinavia

The series will be aired on the UK’s Channel 4 and fronted by Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series Grand Designs. The aim is to show the unique way of living in some of the remotest yet beautiful parts of the world.

Some participants have already been identified, but the production team is keen to include people living in Scandinavia. McCloud will visit people in their remote homes and live with them for five days to get experience first-hand of how they live and cope with being in a remote part of the country.

One or all of the family or couple must be a British expat and ideally 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.

‘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,’ said Cheryl Jackson, one of the show’s producers.

The aim is to explore whether living a simpler life in a wild corner of the world is the key to a happier and more fulfilling existence. ‘We want to document the hard work, exhilaration, and satisfaction involved in making a new home somewhere completely alien to everyday Britain,’ said Patrick Furlong, executive producer of the series.

The show will be a follow-up to a previous series, Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home, where Kevin built a cabin in the woods in Somerset near where he lives. As part of that series, he went to visit lots of off-grid projects where people had quit the rat race and moved out into the countryside to build a cabin in the UK.

‘That’s quite hard to do in the UK because of planning restrictions, so we found some people abroad in really remarkable locations like a jungle and a desert island. We thought it was an really interesting premise for a TV show – those who had nine to five jobs and decided to pack it in, buy a little piece of forest and build their own home,’ he added.

Filming for the new programme will take place in February 2015 and the four-part series will be broadcast later next year. The show will initially be shown in the UK next year, but producers believe it could also end up being broadcast in Scandinavia.

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