BBC Worldwide Lines Up Format Highlights for MIPTV


LONDON: The BBC One prime-time entertainment show Let’s Sing and Dance is being offered as a format by BBC Worldwide.

“Your favorite stars will not only put on their dancing shoes, they’ll also be grabbing the microphone for a night of laughter, comedy and amazing performances,” says Suzanne Kendrick, the company’s head of global format sales.

BBC Worldwide brings Let It Shine to MIPTV following the show’s successful launch on BBC One in January. “This talent search demands it all—singing, dancing, performance to the highest level and chemistry as a group—as Let It Shine seeks to create the country’s best new band,” Kendrick says.

An exclusive BBC Worldwide event in Cannes will see Take That frontman and songwriter Gary Barlow give a special performance to celebrate the international launch of Let It Shine. Sumi Connock, creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide, 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.”

There’s also the quiz show !mpossible, which has been commissioned for a second season by BBC One. The game features right answers, wrong answers and impossible answers.

Further highlights include Tribal Bootcamp, which plunging two comedians into the world’s strongest, fittest and toughest tribes; the daytime quiz show The Boss, which combines tactics, strategy and scheming with laugh-out-loud moments; and the life-swap series Living as You: My Global Adventure, which takes people who have reached a crossroads in their lives and drops them into a brand-new life hundreds of miles from home. There’s also the fixed-rig format In Your Ear, which sees contributors receive help from a diverse group of global advisors via a secret earpiece, during a life-changing event. Meanwhile, Trauma Hour follows paramedics as they react to medical emergencies in real time around the country.

“We really do have something for every broadcaster,” says Kendrick.