TV company pull plug on Aberdour
ABERDOUR is no longer in the running as a possible location for a new Channel 4 programme - because of a lack of suitable properties.
The Press revealed last month that independent TV company Studio Lambert were eyeing Aberdour as a possible location for a Channel 4 series called 'The Village'.
It would have seen around eight contestants living in a house in Aberdour over the summer and given opportunities to integrate into the community.
Villagers would hold a weekly ballot to vote them out and the winner would get the house - worth up to £300,000 - and a shot at life in the village as the prize.
The plans divided opinion in the village and Channel 4 held three meetings last week to put its case to residents.
However, Studio Lambert announced on Friday that Aberdour was no longer being considered as a potential location for the show.
A spokesperson said, "Studio Lambert has decided to pursue other villages on its shortlist.
"This decision has been made because there are no suitable properties available for purchase in Aberdour.
"Studio Lambert would like to thank everyone in Aberdour who has given their time to exploring the possibility of making this series in Aberdour."
Jamie Isaacs, creative director at Studio Lambert, added, "Aberdour was shortlisted for being a unique and special community.
"Its residents are rightly proud to live there.
"However, we can only make this programme if we can identify a suitable house to purchase and, unlike other villages on our shortlist, there is nothing for sale in Aberdour at present that is appropriate."
An exit poll conducted by Aberdour Community Council after the meetings showed that of 207 people, 45 were for the proposal, 93 were against, 62 did not know, and seven were 'not saying'.
An online poll, also conducted by the community council, revealed that 35 were for it, 155 were against, with 42 undecided.
The community council had planned to carry out a village ballot at the weekend to get a comprehensive view of residents' opinions on the matter.
Chair Willie Dryburgh said, "We had always endeavoured to take a neutral stance on this issue until such time as the village voted in a ballot.
"Studio Lambert have pre-empted our proposal with their withdrawal therefore our position remains the same and have no further comment to make."
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Apr 16, 10:56
With all the young lager and buckfast louts hanging about day and night and stuck up residents living in the past who would want to live in Aberdour anyway,
I don't blame "Studio Lambert" for pulling the plug.
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