TLC makes Katie Hopkins series

Katie_Hopkins_ShotTLC has ordered If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World, a fact-ent series starring the controversial ex-Apprentice star.

The 7x60mins studio series will see Hopkins, dubbed ‘Britain’s most outspoken personality’ by Discovery, joined by celebrities as they debate a rule on everyday life.

The studio audience then votes on whether the rule is accepted or thrown out. Subjects debated will include weight, class, money and benefits, sex, relationships and education.

Tinopolis-owned Mentorn will make the series, which will go out in female-skewing TLC in the UK and Ireland. The prodco is best known for making BBC One’s long-running political debate series Question Time.

UK indie Big Minded will also produce, having created the format. It is best known for Celebrity Juice and another controversial British series, Dapper Laughs.

The series was commissioned by Sarah Thornton, VP of production and development, factual entertainment at TLC who said: “Love her or loathe her, everyone has an opinion on Katie Hopkins. Her points of view get us all talking.

“[If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World will] no doubt be a bold and lively debate where Katie’s claims can finally be challenged in a comedic, cheeky and brilliantly fun format.”

Hopkins is a divisive figure in the UK, regularly making inflammatory remarks about politics and social issues. She has likened immigrants to “cockroaches”, said dementia patients are “bed blockers” and has made controversial remarks about British men of Pakistani origin.

Her detractors suggest she makes outspoken comment and stokes controversy in order to get bookings on TV and radio, though she has a huge online following of her own making.

Having first appeared in The Apprentice in the UK in 2007, Hopkins has subsequently appeared in reality series Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

She has already made one show for TLC, Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, in which she attempted to gain, and then lose, weight. She has previously said that she hates fat people.

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