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Jay Blades’ West End Through Time Set For Channel 5



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Hungry Jay Media and Channel 5 will produce a two-part series exploring the iconic West End of London. The show, titled “Jay Blades’ West End Through Time,” will be hosted by Jay Blades MBE.

In this fascinating series, Jay will delve into the rich history of London’s West End and uncover its significance in transforming the city into a global cultural hub. Although he grew up in the notorious East End, Jay has always been drawn to the vibrant lights and allure of the West End. Building on his previous explorations in “Jay Blades’ East End Through Time” and “Jay Blades’ The Midlands Through Time,” he will now venture ‘Up West’ to unravel what has made it such an iconic location.

Throughout the series, Jay will engage with experts and historians who will shed light on how this area was shaped by its connections to power, royalty, and wealth. From royal palaces to world-renowned luxury hotels, he will discover how the West End’s appeal transcended social boundaries and became a focal point for entertainment and high-end shopping.

The episodes promise enthralling stories that highlight lesser-known aspects of the West End’s past. For instance, viewers will learn about the remarkable discovery of a Roman sarcophagus at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. They will also uncover how Fortnum & Mason owes its existence to recycled royal candles and hear tales of how angry East Enders stormed the Savoy Hotel during World War II.


Expressing his excitement for the series, Jay said, “London is fascinating and there is so much history to delve into across the West End… viewers will be a bit blown away by some of the revelations that are in store.”

Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor at Channel 5, shared her enthusiasm about Jay Blades’ latest project: “Jay Blades’ East End Through Time really brought the East End to life for us last year so I’m really excited that he’s heading ‘up west’ now to tell the story and the history of the West End from his unique perspective.”

Dan Baldwin, Executive Producer at Hungry Jay Media, praised Jay’s curiosity and storytelling abilities: “Jay’s natural curiosity and interest makes him the perfect person to go back through time and discover what makes the West End of London so special. Asking questions most people want to know, he is fascinated by the stories he hears and brings history to life.”

“Jay Blades’ West End Through Time” is produced by Hungry Jay Media. Lou Brown and Dan Baldwin serve as Executive Producers, with Lauren Bennie as series producer. The show has been commissioned by Channel 5, with Lucy Willis as Commissioning Editor.


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