Episode 1

Monday 19 May 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, spends time with a family on one of the poorest council estates in the country for new ITV1 two part series, The Duchess in Hull.

Having been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers for ten years, The Duchess returns to the UK to tackle what she sees as an impending obesity problem in this country. The cameras follow The Duchess as she leaves her New York base and moves into a Bed and Breakfast next to a Hull council estate, becomes acquainted with life there and gets to know the Sargerson family to whom she offers an insight to her experiences and motivations.

Used to her busy diary of business and charity commitments, her lifestyle is clearly poles apart from her Hull hosts, but the Duchess has gone through – and recovered from – issues that affect many families. She now plans to use the experience of eating disorders, low self esteem, family conflict, financial crisis, divorce and bereavement, to help the family improve their lifestyle on a long term basis.

She will see at first hand the difficulties low income families have making ends meet whilst attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through her time with the family, she’ll learn to appreciate the hardships they face and what pressures they live with on a daily basis. And she will advise what facilities the family can use to improve their lives and what help there is for them.

During her time in the US, the Duchess has become a highly successful business woman as well as a popular figure with the public. She founded The Sarah Ferguson Foundation in 2006, the charity Children in Crisis in 1993 and is a long standing patron to a number of British charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Springboard for Children and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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