This series is being made by Reef Television, commissioned by Channel 4. Your application to take part will come directly to Reef and be held at our offices. Reef Television is an award-winning independent television production company with an international reputation for making high-quality programmes, including Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages. More information can be found on our website at www.reef.tv.
You should submit your application by midnight on 14th May at the latest. We expect a flood of entries just before that date, so if you are able to email us by the end of April it would help us enormously. The production team will also be contacting villages directly and through mass mail-outs to ask them to apply in order to speed up the process.
Village of the Year is open to all residents across the United Kingdom.
A village is commonly defined as being larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town.
A panel of judges chosen by the producers will select villages to go through to the semi-finals and the final of Village of the Year. The programme makers will also exercise their discretion in the shortlisting process to ensure that as wide a range of villages as possible is featured in the series.
The programme will celebrate how villages are looked after and the people who live there. Its scope is wider than a traditional ‘best kept village’ competition as we are interested in villages that have soul as well as beauty.
More information will be given to shortlisted villages about what the judges will be looking for. However we will be paying particular attention to what makes your village special in the following categories:
A filming team will visit each shortlisted village at a planned date and time. Our small, friendly and experienced filming teams will already have spoken to you to understand your village, and we will have planned with you how best to film and tell your village’s story in the show.
Should your village make it through to the later stages of the event, we may need to arrange to return to film further material.
The winning village can use the prize money in any way they think is best. The planned use for it will be something the judges take in to account, so do be creative with your plans but come up with an idea that is realistic and will clearly benefit the village. As the prize is substantial, we will need to have a nominated village organisation to take receipt of the money and we will want to verify that this organisation is a suitable one for the receipt of community funds. We may well return to your village in the months following the competition to see how that money has helped your village.
If your application misses the deadline or your village is not shortlisted this year, we hope that the series will return in 2018 and you may have another opportunity then.