Eclair to front naked portrait series for Channel 4

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Comedian Jenny Eclair is to present a new Daytime format on Channel 4 in which contestants will paint each other naked.

Drawers Off will be on from Monday to Friday and is produced by MediaCityUK’s MultiStory Media North, part of ITV Studios, and Motion Content Group.

Five amateur artists will create life-portraits of each other, overseen by visual artist and curator Diana Ali.

“A variety of props will be available to ensure the life-model’s modesty, and different poses will be chosen to reflect their personality,” according to Channel 4.

At the end of each episode, that day’s artist-turned-model will score the works of art ‘blind’, not knowing who painted which likeness. Whoever tops the leader board on Friday takes home the cash prize.

Jo Street, Head of Channel 4 Daytime, said: “I love the bare-faced cheek of Drawers Off – it’s entertaining, has heart, an appreciation for art and the skill of life-drawing, plus it celebrates people in all their glory.

“I’ve always thought there should be more nudity in daytime and I’m sure Channel 4 viewers are going to love this series as much as we do.”

Ceri Aston, Creative Director of MultiStory North, added: “We’re inviting Britain's amateur artists to come to Manchester and show us everything they've got. We can’t wait to get cracking on this cheeky new format and further strengthen MultiStory North’s growing relationship with Channel 4.”

Drawers Off is a 20 x 30’ series. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Street and the executive producers are Will Yapp and Ceri Aston for MultiStory and Martin Oxley for Motion Content Group.