Germany’s RTL II has commissioned a four-episode local version of Lime Pictures’ Celebs Go Dating, per a deal with all3media international and sister company all3media Deutschland.
The soon-to-launch German version will be produced by Tower Productions, a joint venture of all3media and BBC Studios. Casting for the series is currently underway, with shooting set to take place over the summer. In the U.K., Celebs Go Dating is currently in production on its seventh season, with 125 episodes having been broadcast on E4 so far.
Celebs Go Dating follows single celebrities as they join an exclusive dating agency in a bid to find true love by being matched with members of the public. The show’s dating experts use all their matchmaking skills to pair the single celebrities with prospective partners, while offering them pre- and post-date analysis and tips on how they might improve their dating technique.
Additionally, Tower Productions’ Naked Attraction, another dating format that airs on RTL II, is set to broadcast its third season.
Jonathan Hughes, sales manager for EMEA North at all3media international, who negotiated the format deal, commented: “We’re very pleased to secure this new order in Germany for Celebs Go Dating and to see Naked Attraction back on screen. Already an established hit on the U.K.’s E4, Celebs Go Dating sees well-known faces take their search for love out into the ‘real’ world in an experience that’s as emotional as it is entertaining, proving that the issues they face are just the same as ours. Although vastly different, both factual-entertainment series offer unique and refreshing perspectives on real life that are hugely relatable to viewers around the world and it’s a pleasure to see Tower Productions along with RTL II adapt these successful formats for German viewers.”
Dietlinde Stroh, managing director at Tower Productions, said: “It’s great to see another format from the strong all3media factual-entertainment formats catalog making its way to the German audience. We are thrilled about the opportunity to adapt the format for RTL II.”
Shona Fraser, head of entertainment and development at RTL II, stated: “We are really happy to be the first international commissioners of Celebs Go Dating and hope our production will be as successful as the wonderful U.K. production. We love the modern look and positive feel of the show and can’t wait to see what will happen when we send our celebrities out on dates with members of the public.”
Sarah Tyekiff, head of non-scripted programming at Lime Pictures, added: “Dating and all that comes with it is something we can all relate to so I’ve no doubt Celebs Go Dating will translate to an international audience. We’re incredibly proud of the brand and look forward to seeing how the format works in new territories.”