Death prompts rethink by TV company
U.K. commercial web ITV may be forced to drop a documentary fronted by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, after one of the participants was arrested over a suspected drugs death.
The two-part series, provisionally titled “The Duchess in Hull,” was due to air this May and follows the former wife of Prince Andrew as she plays lifestyle coach to a family living in one of Blighty’s poorest council estates.
However, ITV execs are mulling the future of the show, produced by London-based indie Spun Gold, after the family’s oldest daughter, Terri Sargerson, was arrested on Saturday, following the discovery of the body of an 18-year-old man in her flat.
According to press reports, the suspected cause of death was drug abuse, and local police have confirmed that a man and woman were arrested and later released on bail.
“We are aware of the allegations and await their conclusion,” said an ITV spokesperson.
Ferguson, who has been a WeightWatchers ambassador for 10 years and has her own experience of eating disorders, spent a week with the family last year, to help them improve their lifestyle and highlight the U.K.’s growing obesity crisis.