The World's Most Expensive Christmas

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The World's Most Expensive Christmas
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Review

Nothing quite says Christmas like London’s mega-rich spending silly money on baubles to boost their self-worth. Or that, at least, is the theory here. The extravagance revealed by the programme verges on the heroic. Surely even for someone with limitless wealth, spending £22,950 on a USB memory stick (it’s encrusted with diamonds, usefully) seems like quite a stocking-filler.

Or how about a star to decorate the top of your tree, which the makers “hope” is the world’s most expensive at £615,000. I hope so, too. Meanwhile, we meet the florist who is paid £250,000 to deck out a Covent Garden house – including a tree with 15,000 decorations. And for under the tree? The husband plans to buy his wife two Bentleys.

Summary

Documentary following suppliers who work for the super-rich, including Frances Hallworth-Noble's London Concierge Company. They offer a bespoke service to clients who are too busy to manage the details of their own lives, and luxurious goods offered by their suppliers includes handmade sweets selling for £800 a box and diamond-encrusted USB memory sticks selling for £22,950. Cameras also examine the work of Michael and Zaneta Peterson who produce hand-blown glass Christmas tree decorations, and VeryFirstTo, a company specialising in expensive gift and experience ideas, including a Christmas tree diamond-encrusted star costing £615,000. Plus, florist Neil Strain turns a Middle Eastern couple's Covent Garden six-storey townhouse into a winter wonderland and has a budget of £250,000 to transform every room in the property.

Cast & Crew

Director Nathan Harrison
Producer Nathan Harrison
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