Sky Vision has picked up the global distribution rights—including the U.S.—for the finished version and format of the new prime-time entertainment show I Don’t Like Mondays.
In each episode, the host and celebrity guest participate in physical games and stunts in order to generate random numbers that correspond to a number given to audience members as they entered the studio. In each of three rounds, two audience members are randomly selected to compete for a place in the final and a chance to win a fully paid year off from work.
The straight-to-series format was commissioned by Channel 4 in the U.K. as a 6×60-minute series hosed by Alan Carr. It is due to debut early next year.
Barney Shingleton, the director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, said: “We’re really looking forward to presenting this new show to buyers. At its heart lies a simple but compelling universal concept, which will appeal to all markets. It is also fantastically scalable, and we believe this will particularly attract U.S. broadcasters. The show brings together slapstick fun with the chance to win a year off of your dreams; who could resist?”
Sky Vision will be promoting I Don’t Like Mondays at MIPCOM alongside the original drama Britannia, which will have its World Premiere TV Screening at the market. The series is set in 43 AD, when Britannia was ruled by powerful Druids and warrior queens. Another highlight from the company is The Plague.
“Britannia and The Plague are the most ambitious commissions to date for Sky and Movistar+, respectively, making them this year’s landmark dramas,” noted Jane Millichip, the company’s managing director. “But these incredible series are not defined solely by their scale; they both boast incredible writing talent in Jez Butterworth (Britannia) and writer/director Alberto Rodríguez (The Plague). They combine complex and gripping narratives with exquisite visual templates and color palettes that pay homage to their cinematic DNA.”