Laurence Llewelyn Bowen: Cracking China


Laurence Llewelyn Bowen – Cracking China / 1×60 / BBC2 / Firecracker / 2015
Camera operator for the UK part of the show following Laurence Llewelyn Bowen.
Dir Max Fisher / EP Tom Barry

Changing Rooms made Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a household name. But it’s over 10 years since it left our screens and now he designs cushions and picture frames that sell through a well-known catalogue. And times are tough for the business… With his back against the wall in the UK, Laurence sees a glimmer of hope in the world’s emerging markets.

This film follows Laurence on trips to China and Mexico as he tries to launch his business internationally and take advantage of the world’s newly emerging middle classes. But he’s not just selling his usual chintzy wares…there’s something different up his frilly sleeve; he’s branching out and designing lingerie, a totally new line that should help get his brand noticed!

With access to every meeting, business meal, PR schmooze, as well as the build up to the launch of his business, this documentary sees Laurence position himself as the UK’s go to celebrity designer, as he’s forced to dig in and work hard to break new territories and keep his business hopes alive.