04 October

London, 4th October 2017 Leading independent distributor Hat Trick International has confirmed a range of format activity for Rich House Poor House, the timely and thought-provoking factual title produced in the UK by Hat Trick Productions for Channel 5.

Rich House Poor House, which follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places to find out if money really does buy happiness has secured straight to series commissions in Germany with SAT.1 and in the Netherlands with SBS6 where it launched earlier this month (as Steenrijk, Straatarm) and was a ratings hit. Format options have also been signed in Denmark (Nice), France (Newen) and Belgium (BlazHoffski).

Following the success of Rich House Poor House in the UK where it aired earlier in the year, achieving ratings 50% higher than Channel 5s slot average, three further series were commissioned with series two scheduled for autumn 2017. Series three and series four are in production for 2018. The UK version also received wide critical acclaim, as well as winning TV Moment of the Year at the Edinburgh Television Festival and making the Grierson Award shortlist for Best Constructed Documentary Series.

Sarah Tong, Director of Sales at Hat Trick International, commented, Rich House Poor House has really struck a chord with broadcasters worldwide. The two families in each episode may be from different ends of the financial spectrum but their experience delivers fascinating viewing for all, offering insight not just into their financial situation but also how we live together, how we spend our time and what our priorities and dreams are. Were in talks with many broadcasters regarding format rights and expect to be confirming more new adaptations in the coming months.

With the gap between rich and poor greater than ever, Rich House Poor House follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places to find out if money really does buy happiness. In each episode one family from the richest 10%, another from the poorest 10%, swap homes, budgets and lives for a week, following each other's spending patterns and weekly schedules.

The two families never meet but after a week in each other's homes, they discover they have common ground even though they're financially worlds apart. But at the end of the week, how will they have reassessed their own day-to-day lives? And how much will they think money matters? Rich House Poor House is about much more than money: it's about families, parenting, relationships and dreams so the stories of the two families chime with anyone watching, however much money they have. This is a thought-provoking and insightful format, whilst also being warm, entertaining and uplifting.