A brand new TV present might harm the repute of Ascot, residents worry.
Finest identified for its racecourse, the Berkshire city is the setting for an ITV programme known as Completely Ascot.
The “constructed actuality” present, within the mould of Made in Chelsea and TOWIE, will characteristic each Ascot locals and individuals who have been “parachuted in”.
There are considerations the programme might hit property costs within the well-to-do city, the place the common home prices greater than £800,000.
ITV didn’t need to disclose who was participating within the present, however manufacturing firm Optomen would say that filming was already below method.
Optomen, behind actuality reveals resembling Nice British Menu and Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, confirmed that a number of the characters within the present weren’t really from Ascot.
That is one thing that considerations locals.
Tom Roe, who works in a store on the excessive avenue, stated: “I do not suppose it’s portraying Ascot because it actually is; I believe it’s simply one other present that can be short-lived.”
He added that the present ought to characteristic “individuals who reside right here and grew up right here”.
One other resident, Imogen Coombes, stated: “It’s deceptive concerning the city – there are such a lot of varieties of folks in Ascot that will not be represented.”
The city is used to being below siege annually through the Royal Ascot racing pageant, a significant fixture of the social season.
That occasion attracts about 300,000 folks over the course of per week, though the racecourse will not be that includes in Completely Ascot – it stated the programme-makers had not been allowed to movie contained in the grounds.
The Fb group Ascot Folks, which has 10,000 members, has been awash with fearful feedback by those that declare to have seen filming going down at places together with a restaurant and on the village inexperienced.
What’s ‘constructed actuality TV’?
- A cross-pollination of cleaning soap opera and documentary, following actual folks going about their every day lives – however some storylines are constructed or initiated by producers prematurely
- The style contains programmes resembling ITV’s The Solely Approach is Essex (TOWIE), MTV’s Geordie Shore and E4’s Made in Chelsea
- In 2011, Bafta launched a constructed actuality award to mirror the recognition of such programmes
One contributor wrote concerning the potential for home costs to fall, whereas one other posted: “Expensive God, might it get any worse?”
Nevertheless, some are extra philosophical about Ascot changing into the house of a actuality TV present.
Allison Sharpe, chair of Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council, stated “I believe most people will realise that that is life with a little bit of sensationalism thrown in.
“If all of the folks had been from Ascot I do not suppose you’d have a really long-lived programme.”
And Ascot resident Beverley Brown believes there could possibly be some advantages to being within the public glare.
“It is going to put Ascot on the map and assist commerce to the bars and eating places,” she stated of the programme.
“We could also be a small place however now we have lots to supply.”