via press release:
This summer, Channel 4’s brand new observational documentary series follows the lives of seven dwarf actors as they live together and perform in a production of Snow White in Woking.
During the Christmas pantomime season all across Britain, people of restricted height – some of whom are employed in ordinary jobs from February to November – take on paying roles in the theatre. This series gives viewers a rounded insight into the personal and professional lives of the dwarves cast together for Woking’s New Victoria Theatre pantomime, and aims to cut across some of the preconceptions that small people often encounter.
Seven Dwarves films with this intelligent, honest and outgoing group – from celebrating Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve to winding down after performances, out with friends and family, and during their regular lives out of panto season. The dwarves also share what life is like as a small person in interviews – all with an infectious sense of humour.
Executive Producer Nick Curwin said: “By capturing every aspect of their lives, the series will break-through panto stereotypes to show how this group of dwarf actors face the challenges of ordinary life head-on.”
Producers Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple of The Garden Productions are the Bafta award-winning creative partnership behind One Born Every Minute and the critically acclaimed 24 Hours in A&E. The senior producer and director is Jamie O’Leary whose credits include the Bafta-nominated Teenage Dwarf.
Head of Documentaries Hamish Mykura says: ‘We’re very proud to have made a bright and engaging documentary series that casts a spotlight on the untold behind-the-scenes lives of these actors who are one of the mainstays of traditional British theatre. This series offers rare insight into the lives of a minority group on mainstream television.”
The series will go out in August 2011, on Channel 4