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Jamie Oliver, 44, set to lift lid on restaurant collapse in ‘fascinating’ documentary

Jamie Oliver, 44, is to lift the lid on his personal life and talk about the collapse of his restaurant chain in a new one-off documentary.

The Channel 4 programme will be hosted by Davina McCall, who will explore the celebrity chef’s life and how it has changed over the past 20 years since he rose to fame with his TV show, The Naked Chef while also addressing the shock collapse.

The documentary, called 20 Years Of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All, will cover the highs and lows of his life and his campaigning over the country’s food culture.

The big reveal: Jamie Oliver, 44, is to lift the lid on his personal life and talk about the collapse of his restaurant chain in a new one-off documentary

The big reveal: Jamie Oliver, 44, is to lift the lid on his personal life and talk about the collapse of his restaurant chain in a new one-off documentary

The show will cover the recent closure of his restaurant group, which included Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa and Fifteen, leading to around 1,000 redundancies.

Jamie will open up about his difficult times in the spotlight, what motivates him, and his plans for the future, specifically the next decade.

Davina was invited into Oliver’s home, which he shares with wife Jools and their five children, showing an ‘honest and intimate snapshot’ of their life, Channel 4 bosses announced.

The programme will also include unseen clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with his friends, family members, celebrities and politicians, who will be announced in due course.

Opening up: The Channel 4 programme will be hosted by Davina McCall, who will explore the celebrity chef's life and how it has changed over the past 20 years since he rose to fame with his TV show, The Naked Chef

Opening up: The Channel 4 programme will be hosted by Davina McCall, who will explore the celebrity chef’s life and how it has changed over the past 20 years since he rose to fame with his TV show, The Naked Chef

Jamie said: ‘Wow, 20 years. So much has happened in that time. Davina is a brave woman to come and get a taste of life with five kids in the Oliver household! 

‘But it’s been a pleasure to welcome her in and show her what my world is really like, at home and work.

‘I hope everyone enjoys looking back with me at the past two decades, remembering the amazing times and some tough times … not to mention a few dodgy haircuts along the way.’ 

Channel 4’s factual entertainment commissioning editor, Tim Hancock, said: ‘At this crucial point in his life, Jamie has allowed unprecedented access to his life, and has opened up to Davina with a real honesty.

Way back when: Channel 4's factual entertainment commissioning editor, Tim Hancock, said: 'At this crucial point in his life, Jamie has allowed unprecedented access to his life, and has opened up to Davina with a real honesty'

Way back when: Channel 4’s factual entertainment commissioning editor, Tim Hancock, said: ‘At this crucial point in his life, Jamie has allowed unprecedented access to his life, and has opened up to Davina with a real honesty’

‘It’s going to make for a fascinating documentary about one of Britain’s most recognisable personalities.’

He took to Instagram to share a snap with Davina while adding the caption: ’20 years since “The Naked Chef” and I think it’s fair to say a lot has happened in that time…

‘Naturally its a moment of reflection and so when Channel 4 said they wanted to create a show looking at my 20 year journey, I knew Davina would be the best person to guide me and the audience through it all…

‘Its been an absolute pleasure to work with her, invite her into my life and just talk. I hope you all enjoy looking back with me and Davina, remembering the amazing times, talking about the tough time and looking at the future too. Watch out for ’20 years of The Naked Chef: Jamie bares all’ out later this year everyone… JO x’.

The big reveal: Jamie recently suffered a blow after his restaurant business went into administration and announced the closure of his chain Jamie's Italian in May (pictured Jamies' Italian 2 Churchill Place, E14)

The big reveal: Jamie recently suffered a blow after his restaurant business went into administration and announced the closure of his chain Jamie’s Italian in May (pictured Jamies’ Italian 2 Churchill Place, E14)

In May, Jamie and his staff suffered the shocking blow after his restaurant business went into administration and announced the closure of his chain Jamie’s Italian.

Experts say the growth of takeaway apps, and a ‘saturation’ of food chains on Britain’s high streets contributed to eroding the company’s earnings.

The chef himself previously blamed Brexit which he said was among the number to factors which caused a ‘perfect storm’ for the company, as well as rental costs, local government rates and the increase in the minimum wage.

Oh dear: Experts say the growth of takeaway apps, and a 'saturation' of food chains on Britain's high streets contributed to eroding the company's earnings

Oh dear: Experts say the growth of takeaway apps, and a ‘saturation’ of food chains on Britain’s high streets contributed to eroding the company’s earnings

Jamie, who has netted £240million during the 20 years he’s been in the public eye, said he was ‘devastated’ and ‘deeply saddened by the outcome’.

He thanked staff and suppliers, adding: ‘I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. It’s been a real pleasure serving you.’

In 2017 the father-of-five, who lives in a £6million 16th century Essex mansion, ploughed £12.7million of his own money into his business after being given two hours to save the chain.

Saddening: Jamie, who has netted £240million during the 20 years he's been in the public eye, said he was 'devastated' and 'deeply saddened by the outcome' (pictured Jamie's Italian restaurant in Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin, Ireland)

Saddening: Jamie, who has netted £240million during the 20 years he’s been in the public eye, said he was ‘devastated’ and ‘deeply saddened by the outcome’ (pictured Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin, Ireland)

According to Companies House, Jamie Oliver Holdings Ltd — the umbrella company under which he runs his myriad businesses — turned over £32 million last year – a staggering £87,670 a day.

But Jamie’s Italian was on the brink of collapse two years ago with the chef revealing in an interview it had ‘simply run out of cash’ and run up millions in debt.

The process does not affect Jamie’s other companies, which handle his media and licensing deals, while the international branch of Jamie’s Italian is also unaffected.   

Daily Mail UK

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