Nine really is sinking to new levels for Tuesday, April 1. Must be the date.
It’s not enough that it will screen Moment of Truth’s most offensive episode, but following Kitchen Nightmares it will debut the British reality series Ladette to Lady.
Designed as a modern ‘My Fair Lady,’ it is essentially another in the ilk of Australian Princess (fabulous), complete with foul-mouthed young women. Nine is obviously keen to strike on the success of the popularity of Ramsay.
It will screen on Tuesday at 9:30pm, which pushes Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles forward to 10:30pm -and out of HD broadcast. It conflicts with Nine’s Nightline in HD.
Nine screens the first series, which has already aired in Oz on subscription TV.
April Fool’s Day will be quite a night’s viewing on Nine.
The New Oxford English Dictionary officially lists “ladette” as a word for the first time, defining it as: “young women who behave in a boisterously assertive or crude manner and engage in heavy drinking sessions.”
Today, ladettes are running wild in Britain. Their foul mouths, binge-drinking, and sexually rampant antics are in danger of becoming a permanent feature of modern life – and Ladette to Lady has been devised as a radical solution to this new phenomenon. The series premieres on Nine at 9.30pm Tuesday, April 1.
It is the most ambitious social experiment since My Fair Lady. This reality show sends ten of Britain’s most notorious ladettes to an old fashioned ladies’ finishing school. Reopening what used to be one of the leading schools of its kind, Eggleston Hall in Teesdale, makes for the apt venue. To run the school, the show has recruited authentic finishing school staff headed by Jean Broke Smith, principal of Lucie Clayton’s School of Grooming and Modelling for over 30 years.
In the first episode the ladettes arrive at Eggleston Hall to embark on the five-week diploma course. Stripped of their mobiles, trainers and trousers, the girls are shoe-horned into twinsets, A-line skirts and sensible court shoes. The transformation is remarkable and in their first deportment – flower arranging and elocution lessons – the ladettes behave like model pupils.
If the girls thought Eggleston Hall would be one big party then they have to think again – because every week one pupil faces expulsion. The ladettes quickly learn that this finishing school can finish very early indeed for some.
In this rip-roaring yet revealing factual entertainment series, the ladettes will also undergo two months of intensive training before they have to face a final challenge: Can they pass themselves off at a full-blown society ball?
Ladette To Lady premieres on Tuesday, April 1 at 9.30pm following Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.