Factual Entertainment Format

Operation Transformation

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Format
DURATION
8 x 60' (14 seasons)
RUNTIME
53'
BROADCASTER
RTÉ1, Ireland
YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2007
A cross-media event where five ordinary people change their lives forever and inspire the rest of the nation to do the same!

This is NOT a weight loss competition. There are NO winners or losers. This is the story of 5 very ordinary people, who are overweight and unhealthy.

They face issues like diabetes 2, smoking, high cholesterol, infertility, over-working.    These 5 very normal people are selected to become Leaders.  They will embark on an 8 week plan to improve their health, lose weight and become happier.  They will inspire the rest of the nation to do the same!

Our Leaders will be mentored by a dietician, a fitness expert, a psychologist and a doctor who will devise weekly health plans for them.

The viewers can then ‘Follow the Leader’ and follow the same weekly health plan as the Leader who most resonates with them.   Each Leader’s weekly health plan, and accompanying videos to help and support them, are hosted on the programme’s website.  Leading supermarkets also put the Leaders eating plans in-store.

The series is filmed in real-time so the Leaders and the viewers have a shared experience.  Cameras follow the leaders around the clock – we know how challenging the plan is as we are doing it too!  The Leaders know they have the nation following them and over 8 weeks we watch these ordinary couch-potatoes transform into national heroes.

This is more than a TV format:  it is a national event.    Online communities spring up where people following a certain Leader can share their difficulties and support each other.   And real-life communities are grown through a number of nation-wide events:  park walks, 5k runs…

This cross-media format is a MOVEMENT that challenges a whole nation to join a campaign for better health and happiness.  The TV series is filmed event-style, coverage on-line through radio and social media builds a sense of occasion and in the final programme both Leaders and viewers are very clear that Operation Transformation is part of long-term, sustainable movement for improved health and happiness.   There’s a clear message that everything that has been learnt will continue beyond the event itself.

Format produced in Wales, Belgium & Holland