FOX’s Press Release on “Meet the Russians”

Here is the full text of press release from FOX:

Prepare to enter a jaw-dropping world of unbelievable riches and extraordinary characters in


9 x 60’ fly-on-the-wall entertainment series explores the previously un-seen world of super-wealthy Russians living in London

London UK (Monday 29th July 2013) – This September, FOX invites you to experience one extraordinary world dripping in lashings of luxury, opulence, exclusive events and private jets in MEET THE RUSSIANS. The show that makes the Made In Chelsea cast look like paupers, this fly-on-the-wall series provides privileged access to the wonderful world of select, wealthy Russians, Ukrainians and other post-Soviets living in London. MEET THE RUSSIANS will premiere First On FOX.

Much has been reported about Russians living in London over the years and what their lifestyle entails. Yet until now, this world has never been documented in a dedicated series. With MEET THE RUSSIANS, this is all about to change.

A Russian revolution is happening on the UK’s door step. It is estimated that 300,000 Russians now live in London and a number of these would be considered super-wealthy. The series will give viewers unprecedented access and take them into the heart of a fascinating, glamorous, super-rich world we know exists but have never really witnessed. From the mega rich to the beautiful fashionistas, the high-end party planners and the hottest properties and private schools, MEET THE RUSSIANS will gain an understanding of the Russian ‘scene’ in London. Viewers will witness a captivating cast of characters with incredible life stories including a mega-rich financier turned art collector, the ‘Russian Victoria Beckham’ and her footballer husband, and a Russian supermodel.

MEET THE RUSSIANS also features Ukrainian pop star and former Mrs World Kamaliya, and her steel billionaire husband Zahoor. With her eyes set on global pop domination, Kamaliya would love to force Lady Gaga to retire early. Kamaliya has enjoyed a string of club hits across Europe, and the series charts her journey as she debuts her music in the UK with album ClubOpera. With her loving and supportive husband by her side, they see London as a city of opportunity as they attempt to realise their dreams. Kamaliya claims bathing in champagne is great for the skin, and it usually takes 30 bottles to fill her tub. Zahoor’s most extravagant purchase was two private jets in one day.

The series also includes the fabulous Dmitry. A flamboyant fashion photographer and socialite, Dmitry is openly gay. In 2011 Russian Parliament passed a law that makes public displays of affection by same sex couples, and even promoting gay rights, illegal and punishable with a £10,000 fine. Dmitry moved to London from Moscow four years ago and is happily married to his English neurologist husband. He loves living in London, where he is free to be himself without any judgement.

Each episode will have a different theme focusing on various aspects of their fantastical lives. From fashion to family, to what parents want for their children and their future aspirations. Russians are becoming part of British Society and MEET THE RUSSIANS will examine their transition into the English upper class. It will explore their different attitudes towards wealth and the importance of success.

A Russian fairy tale with a difference, MEET THE RUSSIANS captures an incredible cultural explosion and phenomenon – a glimpse into the wonderful world of Russians in London.

MEET THE RUSSIANS is produced by Ricochet (a Shed Media company). Laurence Turnbull and Joanna Ball are the executive producers and the programme was directed by Emma Walsh with Lisa Cox as Head of Production. The series was commissioned by Nicole Streak, Commissioning Editor – Factual Entertainment FIC Europe. MEET THE RUSSIANS is FOX’s first European commission solely-produced by a UK production team in the channel’s history, as it continues its pledge to bring smart entertainment with an edge to a wider audience.

Don’t miss MEET THE RUSSIANS, this September First On FOX.

About Fox International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century Fox’s multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 44 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.3 billion viewers worldwide.
FIC UK distributes the entertainment channel FOX (formerly FX), the factual channels National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, and the toddler channel Baby TV, with their correspondent HD versions, on BT Vision, Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk, the main Pay-TV platforms across the country. The company also operates a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) which specialises in online video and display.

About FOX
FOX is a one of a kind general entertainment channel dedicated to “smart entertainment with an edge”. Targeting a keen and discerning audience, the channel was originally launched in Latin America in 1993. Currently the channel reaches more than 106 million homes in 101 markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, North & Sub-Saharan Africa and across the Middle East. It is also available in HD, on VOD and mobile in select markets.

For further information please contact:
Kirsty Howell, FOX PR Manager

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