Preview: The British Tribe Next Door

The British Tribe Next Door

In this ground-breaking new series, Scarlett Moffatt and her family are plucked from the UK and transplanted into a replica of their terraced family home – complete with running water, electricity and their possessions around them – slap bang in the middle of a remote Namibian village.

They’ll be living in Otjeme village, home to 100 semi-nomadic Himba cattle herders who choose to live very traditional lives. In episode one, the Moffatts arrive in Namibia and are overwhelmed by the sight of their terraced house in the middle of the village. The first Himba visitors arrive at the house – including Kandisiko, who quickly strikes up a friendship with Scarlett – and are shocked by the overwhelming amount of clothes and shoes owned by Scarlett compared to their one outfit.

Dad Mark bonds with the locals by introducing them to the art of metal detecting, but his new Himba friend Mboki can’t believe this is what he does for fun. As their first week continues, Scarlett is forced to emotionally confront her own insecurities. Kandisiko can’t understand why Scarlett won’t wear the traditional Himba dress, but for her it raises deep-rooted issues about body confidence and low self-esteem that come to the fore in a moving and intimate moment. 

The British Tribe Next Door – Tuesday at 9.15pm on Channel 4.