Soon, a Slumdog Millionaire-inspired TV series

February 1st, 2009 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 01 (ANI): British TV bosses are planning to cash in on the enormous popularity of the latest Oscar-nominated sensation Slumdog Millionaire by launching a series called Secret Slumdog Millionaire.

The show will be a spin-off of the Secret Millionaire series.

In Secret Millionaire, super-rich people go undercover in struggling communities before revealing their identity and donating money.

In the new show, millionaires will visit the slums of Mumbai in India, where Slumdog Millionaire was made, to help poverty-stricken families.

It is the brainchild of Celador, which co-produced the film and makes ITV1s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which is presented by Chris Tarrant, himself a Celador director.

The production company is set to announce the new series soon and is aiming to broadcast it as soon as possible.

It is a fantastic idea. Secret Millionaire has already been well received but this looks like it could be even better, the Daily Express quoted a television insider, as saying.

The millionaires who sign up will see real poverty in Mumbai and it is going to be very moving when they reveal their identity and offer these people help.

The producers are bracing themselves against claims that they are cashing in on poverty but the bottom line is they will actually be helping people as well as making great television, the insider added.

Celador is reportedly collaborating with RDF Media, the independent production company that makes the award-winning Secret Millionaire.

Secret Slumdog Millionaire is the working title, but could be changed. (ANI)

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