Channel 5 have revealed their latest show which will take eight unsuspecting people through an interview process with a surprise ending, for the right ‘interviewee’. A host of celebrity names will be conducting interviews as part of Secret Interview.
The unwitting candidates believe they are filming a documentary about their workplace. In fact they are about to have an interview for the job of a lifetime without even knowing it’s happening. Each of them will be tested to their limits by a team of undercover actors intent on causing utter chaos. Meanwhile, their prospective new boss, a giant of their industry, watches everything unbeknownst to the candidates.
“No one likes being interviewed but this show takes it to a new level. Our candidates don’t even know it’s happening and that they are being judged by some of the biggest names in their field of work” said Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment.
Conducting the Secret Interviews will be Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton, property tycoon Kevin Green, editor of women’s magazine Glamour Jo Elvin and hair stylist to the stars Nicky Clarke. It’s going to be the working week of their lives and every move they make could take them a step closer to a job with the Secret Interviewers that could transform their world.
In the first episode, two aspiring chefs go in for the ultimate cook off with a new recipe; one fake food critic, a sprinkle of nightmare food orders and a rubbish waitress to garnish. In episode two, a pair of hopeful estate agents come up against bogus buyers and tenants from hell whilst having to remain calm and collected.
In episode three, a duo of helpless hairdressers try to impress with flying colours and not dull lowlights. But will a late bluffing bride and bogus bridesmaids push them over the edge? In the fourth episode, a pair of fashionistas have to organise an impromptu promo party with 60 minutes to “make it happen” and work experience girls who hinder, not help.
The programme is Co-produced by Twofour and GroupM Entertainment, Andrew Mackenzie, Twofour Creative Director says: “This is one of the formats we’re most excited by. It feels entertaining and timely, rewarding good people with a step up the ladder without them even knowing they’re being cunningly tested.”
Secret Interview will air on Channel 5 from August.