Friday 19th January 2024
UKTV Original series, Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over USA, returns for a second series on W and UKTV Play in March. This time viewers will see Stacey Dooley MBE spend time with three unique families and communities based in South Florida, South Dakota and Nevada.
Stacey Dooley said:
Sleeps Over is honestly one of my fave gigs! The households we spend time with are always so generous with their hospitality and candour, offering a genuine insight into their way of life. I'm very excited to give viewers a peek into these different lifestyles. Strap in, we've got some characters for you this year!
This is the fifth series in the Sleeps Over collection, produced by Firecracker Films and distributed by Passion Distribution, and follows Stacey Dooley as she travels to different US states to lift the lid on more fascinating and unusual lifestyles. These include:
Established in 1971, the Mustang Ranch is Nevada's oldest licensed brothel and prides itself on being the safest home for sex workers. The Ranch is managed by two former working women - Madam's Jennifer and Tara - who receive up to 20 new applicants per day.
During her stay, Stacey meets the working women and explores the positives and negatives of the legal brothel industry. She also gets the chance to meet Mustang's oldest courtesan, 68-year-old Erica.
Today, Mustang Ranch remains as one of the nineteen legal brothels still in existence in the United States, with several facing difficulties reopening post-pandemic, making it a unique and extraordinary community.
Two Mums, One Dad:
Linda and Chris from Fort Lauderdale, in South Florida, were a straight married couple for nearly a decade. They had two children together but in 2021, Linda came out as gay. The couple decided to split up but continued to live together and raise their young kids.
Linda quickly met Maddy, and on their first date Maddy confessed she'd always wanted to have a child of her own and was already on the lookout for local sperm donors. Linda suggested her ex-husband Chris and after some thought, remarkably, Chris said yes - as long as he could be the dad.
Stacey meets the family a few months after the birth of baby Arlo, with three co-parenting adults and three children all living under one roof.
The Mormon with Two Wives:
The practicing Mormon polygamist family the Alldredge's have set up home in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Patriarch, Jeff, married both Vanessa and Sharis in spiritual services and is currently on the lookout for a third wife to expand the clan.
Between previous wife Cynthia and his current wives, Jeff has 16 children. The family live off the land on their farm and their children are home-schooled. Multiple wives are not condoned by the official Mormon religion and the family have been excommunicated. Jeff has stuck to his principles and now has nowhere to practice his beliefs but his own home.
Stacey wants to understand how an arrangement weighted so heavily in favour of the patriarch can benefit the women who end up being one of many partners.
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over USA returns in March on W and UKTV Play, with all previous series available to stream for free on UKTV Play.
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ABOUT FIRECRACKER FILMS
- Firecracker have produced some of the highest rating and most talked about factual television programmes of the past decade.
- Firecracker specialise in telling authentic human stories and offering never-before-seen perspectives on contemporary issues.
- Equally at home in premium documentary and Factual Entertainment formats
- Winners of Indie of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020
- Winners of the highly competitive Channel 4 Global Format Fund commissioning tender in 2021.
- Selected in Realscreen's Global 100 list of the world's best producers in 2021.
- Emma Willis: Delivering Babies picked up the win three years running in the Best Factual Show category at the Broadcast Digital Awards.
- Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over are the two highest rating series on UKTV's W channel.
- The Murder of Grace Millane was the highest rating programme on ITV2 in 2021 after Love Island.
- Producers of the multi award winning, global breakout hit series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on Channel 4 in the UK and TLC in the USA.
- Firecracker's BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, inspired the hit musical and movie 'Everybody's Talking about Jamie' which has just been nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film.
- This year promises to be as successful as ever, with projects lined up at BBC1, Channel 4, Discovery +, UKTV and Paramount+.
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