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All You Need to Know About the Fly-on-the-Wall TV Show

Jacob Rees-Mogg is the latest politician to venture into the world of reality television with his new show, Meet the Rees-Moggs.

The infamously posh Etonian has allowed cameras into his home for a TV show reminiscent of the Kardashians, marking a shift into light entertainment similar to Nigel Farage, Matt Hancock, and Ann Widdecombe.

No matter your opinion of the former Tory MP, who lost his seat in the latest general election, he’s likely to be an interesting figure to watch.

Rees-Mogg made headlines in 2019 for napping during a crucial House of Commons debate. He also gained attention for his first tweet, which was in Latin, and for boasting that he has never changed a single nappy despite having six children. “The nanny does it brilliantly,” he said. “I’ve made no pretence to be a modern man at all, ever.”

Despite his eccentricities, Rees-Mogg insists that the show is simply an “everyday story of Somerset folk”.

Here’s what we know about the series:

Meet the Rees-Moggs is a five-part docu-series that promises to “lift the lid on the man behind the public image”.

This “fly-on-the-wall” series offers an unprecedented look into his life at his 17th-century Somerset house, Gournay Court, where he lives with his wife, Helene de Chair, and their six children, all of whom are named after medieval saints. A committed Catholic, Rees-Mogg’s household includes Peter Theodore Alphege, Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, and Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher.

The show will follow Rees-Mogg during the run-up to the general election and Labour’s landslide victory, showcasing the aftermath and the resulting Tory humiliation.

Commenting on the series, Rees-Mogg said: “Animals, children, an election and a film crew. What could possibly go wrong? This everyday story of Somerset folk is fun to film but may be a bit more Fawlty Towers than Downton Abbey.”

According to The Independent‘s South West reporter, Alex Ross, who witnessed the documentary being filmed, Rees-Mogg was seen with a full camera crew while campaigning.

Ross reported that the team followed Rees-Mogg as he canvassed around a housing estate on the edge of Bristol. Controversy arose when they filmed him with his family at church, apparently interrupting a group of children receiving their First Holy Communion.

The five 60-minute episodes of Meet the Rees-Moggs will stream on discovery+ in the UK and Ireland.

The show will be released later this year.

Source: The Independent, discovery+