‘Hot Tub Brits’ 2-part Channel 5 documentary returns to UK TV screens

Channel 5 has commissioned a new series about the rising popularity of hot tubs in Britain. From Definitely Productions, Hot Tub Brits will chart the history of the hot tub, as well as shine a light on the companies who design, craft and install the latest versions and the fans who have spent upwards of £22,000 on them.

BISHTA has been liaising with Definitely Productions, who have been working on a new 2-part series for Channel 5. The show “takes a peek under the cover of Britain’s outdoor obsession, exploring the remarkable rise of hot tubs.” In the series, Channel 5 is “plunging into the world of hot tubs all around the UK, meeting the quirky, characterful and bubbly Brits who build, buy, sell, and soak in this must-have item.”

Executive Producer for Definitely, Jon Green, comments: “We are incredibly excited to be diving into the hot topic of hot tubs! They’re the epitome of fun, luxury, and the Great British summertime, and there is a whole world of hot tub fanatics who we can’t wait to introduce you to. If ever there was a right time to get your own hot tub, it’s right now!”

Commissioning Editor Kit Morey said: “Hot tubs have never been more popular in the UK and after what’s been a difficult year for most and foreign holidays still looking a distant dream, it’s not surprising more and more of us are looking for ways to relax and unwind in our own back yards. It’s a quirky but compelling subject matter that explores a world of excess and ridiculousness but also aspiration and attainability, I can’t wait for our viewers to dive in!”

The programme is 2-part series with each episode being of 60-minutes duration. The first episode has already aired and subsequently can be streamed on My5 catchup, with part 2 set to air on Sunday 8th August.

Industry powerhouses Superior Wellness and their retail division, Miami Spas, featured on the brand new show, offering a behind the scenes look at their new headquarters in Chesterfield, the hot tub delivery and installation process, as well as footage of a delivery to one of our customers and the changes we’ve experienced as an industry over the last year.

Talking about the experience, Rob Carlin, Managing Director said: “We were delighted when we were offered the opportunity to take part in the show. I think it’s fantastic that Channel 5 are shining a light on the hot tub industry, especially now more than ever with the many changes we’re continuing to experience. I offer a huge thank you to the team at Channel 5 for proving the opportunity and to all those who supported us with the filming and content.”  

Customers of Miami Spas, Kate Tickle, wife of David who feature in part one of the series said: “We basically wanted to bring LA to Buxton in a luxury sense, especially during the drudge of lockdown and not being able to go to the spa.”

The glamorous couple usually spend two thirds of the year at their home in Los Angeles but the pandemic has mostly grounded them on this side of the Atlantic. Kate further comments: “Having therapeutic spa and health benefits in our home, like the infra-red sauna and hot tub, was ideal. It felt just the right thing to do. Who doesn’t love to look after themselves and feel good.”

Their appearance in the show arose mostly by coincidence. David, 60 – a business executive and acclaimed record producer who has worked with Prince, 4 Non Blondes, Belinda Carlisle, U2 and Jo Cocker – ordered a jacuzzi from Miami Spas in Chesterfield almost a year ago but the pandemic repeatedly delayed its delivery.

The pilot episode also features North Spas, a family run company established in 2006 supplying Hot Tubs based in the North East covering all of the region and into the Lake District. Newcastle Upon Tyne has officially been crowned the Hot Tub Capital of the U.K., and the episode delves into the buying experience, wet testing and nail biting installation of a brand tub.

HTR News is very excited for part 2 of the series this Sunday 8th August, where viewers will discover the trials and tribulations of hot tub transfers as financial professional Brendan takes delivery of his £30k hot tub with a nail-biting crane lift over his house.

Alex Clamp

I am the trade content writer for HTR News and I also manage the social media content for HTR News. I'm currently studying a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology and in my spare time I love music production and DJing at nightclubs and live music scene events. I also enjoy keeping fit and I'm an avid sports fan.