BBC orders new RDF West series Shop Well For The Planet?

5 July, 2021

The BBC today announces Shop Well For the Planet?, an exciting brand new series for BBC One and iPlayer, made by RDF West, a Banijay UK company.

In addition, it is also announced that Joanna Page and Melanie Sykes will take the lead presenting roles on Shop Well for Less?, and Jordan Banjo is to join Chris Bavin as presenter of Eat Well for Less?

The 3×60’ Shop Well For the Planet?, which will be under the BBC’s Our Planet Now banner, will see the worlds of Shop Well For Less? and Eat Well For Less? combine for the first time, as Chris, Jordan, Joanna and Melanie help families across the UK find out if they can shop better for the planet without spending a fortune.

Each episode will have a family at its heart; some may question whether it’s possible to be more sustainable on a budget, others may want to make changes but don’t know where to start. All our families will try and test a variety of eco/sustainable versions of the products they currently buy. But will they be as good and are they worth the money? After putting the products through their paces will our families want to change their shopping habits and shop well for the planet?

Joanna Page said:

“I’m so excited to be working with Melanie, helping out lots of people across the U.K. and maybe getting a few tips for my own spending habits! It’ll be great fun!”

Melanie Sykes said:

“Shop Well For Less? is such a well-loved series – I can’t wait to get stuck in and help families take a fresh look at their spending and hopefully bring some invaluable advice to homes across the country…”

Jordan Banjo said:

“I’m super happy to be part of the team for Eat Well For Less? and Shop Well For The Planet? It’s so important that we look after ourselves and the planet, and I’m 100% ready to do my bit to help get the nation eating well and shopping well.”

Chris Bavin added:

“Jordan’s a great addition to the Eat Well For Less? family and I can’t wait to join forces to show our audience that good food doesn’t have to cost the earth. I’m also looking forward to finding out how we can fine-tune our shopping habits to make sure they’re kinder to the planet in our exciting new series.”

In Shop Well for Less?, Joanna and Melanie set out to help families change the way they shop without changing their lifestyle. From branded cleaning products to designer clothes, Joanna and Melanie will be giving money saving tips and tricks to help families up and down the country put their hard-earned cash back into their pockets. Eat Well for Less? will see Chris and Jordan help families across the UK save money and sort food facts from fiction.

Ricky Cooper, BBC Commissioning Editor said:

“Eat Well and Shop Well’s simple swaps and tests have already changed the way millions of us spend, so it’s incredibly exciting to bring these brands together to tackle one of the biggest challenges we all face as a nation – going green. I can’t wait for our new dream-team of Melanie, Joanna, Chris and Jordan to show us all how to do our bit for the planet without breaking the bank.”

Jo Scarratt-Jones, Executive Producer, RDF West said:

“Joanna, Melanie, Jordan and Chris are brilliant combination of presenters to front our shows. They have a great natural on-screen chemistry and bring such energy – they’re sure to be a hit with our loyal viewers. We can’t wait to show our audience.”

Shop Well For Less? (4 x 60’), Eat Well For Less? (6 x 60’) and Shop Well For The Planet? (3 x 60’) were all commissioned for BBC One and iPlayer by Patrick Holland, Director, Factual, Arts and Classical Music Television and Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. They are being Executive Produced for RDF West by Jo Scarratt-Jones.