VisionTV premieres new five-part series The Big Downsize Monday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET
February 12, 2019 (Halifax, NS) – Call it de-cluttering, home-reorganizing, or simplifying, the process of downsizing can be psychologically daunting. Tidying up can be life-changing but getting there can be fraught with emotion and anxiety, especially after the death of a loved one or divorce. The Big Downsize, a new five-part Canadian series, follows two families as they seek expert advice from organizational guru Jane Veldhoven to face the challenge. The Big Downsize will have its world broadcast premiere Monday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on VisionTV.
The MacNeil siblings are facing the monumental challenge of cleaning out their childhood home to prepare it for sale. The house has been in their family for 50 years – and that means 50 years of accumulated stuff. Having difficulty deciding what to keep, who gets what, and what to give away, Jane Veldhoven steps in and rolls up her sleeves to help the siblings keep on track and get the job done.
Before 64-year-old Pam can start a fresh, new single life, she needs to move from a packed three-bedroom house into a one-bedroom apartment. Side-tracked by decades of memories as a couple, Pam seeks Jane’s help to manage the difficult task of dividing belongings with her ex.
“Working on the series was both challenging and rewarding” says Veldhoven. “When families are in a situation where they have to let go of most of the belongings they’ve collected over a lifetime, it’s very difficult but it can also can be extremely cathartic. If they embrace the process, they can face their feelings, let go of the past, and move forward with their lives.”
Whether it’s dealing with the estate of a deceased relative, moving from a large house to a small condo, or deciding what to keep during a divorce - The Big Downsize reveals that letting go of possessions can come with some unexpected baggage.
The Big Downsize was co-written by Donna Gabriel and Jennifer Adcock, directed by Jennifer Adcock, and produced by Edward Peill and Erin Oakes from award-winning Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc. (The Power of Play, Radical Age, The Curse of Oak Island) in association with VisionTV with support from the Canada Media Fund, The Nova Scotia Film & TV Production Incentive, and Federal Tax Credits.
VisionTV is Canada’s only English language specialty channel that airs multi-faith, multicultural and family-oriented entertainment programming including hit Canadian and British series, classic Britcoms, and Canadian and American movies. VisionTV is owned and operated by ZoomerMedia Limited (TSXV: ZUM), a diversified multi-media company founded in 2008 by Moses Znaimer, uniquely devoted to creating content, services, and experiences for Canada's 15.8 million people aged 45plus. Accordingly, each year VisionTV is proud to commission original documentaries that focus on topics related to healthy aging. Watch VisionTV on Rogers channel 60, BellTV channel 1161, Bell Fibe channel 1213, Telus Optik 871 or find your channel and the full schedule at VisionTV.ca.
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