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BBC Worldwide to let new formats shine at MipTV

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide will launch eight new formats at next month’s entertainment content marketplace MipTV, including ‘Let it Shine’, ‘Let’s Sing’ and Dance’, ‘In Your Ear’ and ‘The Boss’, plus new scripted and returning non-scripted.

An exclusive BBC Worldwide event in Cannes will see ‘Take That’ frontman and songwriter Gary Barlow OBE give a special performance to celebrate the international launch of ‘Let It Shine’. One of the top five UK entertainment launches of the last decade, this primetime shiny floor format puts talent centre stage, as superstar judges search for the country’s next big pop band.

BBC Worldwide creative director of formats Sumi Connock said, “We’re thrilled to have Gary Barlow with us to celebrate the success of ‘Let It Shine’, and to help launch this primetime format around the world. The response to our new format slate was incredibly positive at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase event in February, and we’re looking forward to building on this at MipTV.”

Other new BBC Worldwide entertainment formats for Cannes include the all-singing, all-dancing ‘Let’s Sing nd Dance’, in which local celebrities don their dancing shoes and grab the mic. ‘Tribal Bootcamp’ is a new format plunging two comedians into the world’s strongest, fittest and toughest tribes. New daytime quiz show ‘The Boss’ combines tactics, strategy and scheming with laugh-out-loud moments.

Life-swap series ‘Living as You – My Global Adventure’ takes people who have reached a crossroads in their lives and drops them into a brand-new life hundreds of miles from home. Fixed-rig format, ‘In Your Ear’ sees contributors receive help from a diverse group of global advisors via a secret ear-piece, during an emotional life-changing event. Finally, ‘Trauma Hour’ is a warm and authentic format following paramedics as they react to medical emergencies in real time around the country.

Scripted formats include ‘Uncle’, a series which follows the comic misadventures of an out-of-work musician as he forges an unlikely alliance with his nerdy nephew and drama ‘Doctor Foster’, which returns for a second series in the UK later this year.

Returning non-scripted formats include ‘!mpossible’, ‘You’re Back in the Room’, ‘Stupid Man Smart Phone’, ‘Ultimate Hell Week’, ‘Fishing Impossible’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Great Bake Off’.

Recent format sales for BBC Worldwide include a deal with Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) for a brand new series of ‘The Weakest Link’ and season two of ‘The Great Bake Off’ was finalised with Keshet in Israel. The History Channel New Zealand has secured a second series of ‘Coast New Zealand’.

BBC Worldwide also licensed ‘Stargazing Live’ to ABC in Australia. The three-part series, led by Professor Brian Cox, will air as live broadcasts on 4, 5 and 6 April.