Orange Smarty Takes on Trio of BBC Formats


Orange Smarty has signed three new format representation deals, including for the BBC One show Scarlett’s Driving School.

Scarlett’s Driving School is a lighthearted series that goes behind the wheel with struggling student drivers and those who are attempting to teach them. In an effort to break the cycle of failure, the show sends both the learner and a loved one to a unique driving school, where a top professional instructor puts both parties through an intensive crash course.

Orange Smarty also picked up a new consumer-health format from Zinc Media’s Tern TV. Dr Xand’s Con or Cure, originally commissioned by BBC One Daytime, follows a TV doctor and celebrity journalist as they scour the country to expose medical fraud, explode false health news and explain topical health issues.

BBC Three’s youth-skewing format Squad Dates is inspired by the trend for two sets of single friends to get together for a weekend of fun and friendship—with a possible happy ending in the form of a new relationship.

Orange Smarty CEO Karen Young said: “Orange Smarty specializes in formats that have the potential to work on a long-term repeatable basis, in any territory and across demographics. The old formats rule book has been ripped up, and there’s now a massive demand for talent-driven factual formats that can help build brand identities and can bend and flex to suit any platform, budget or territory.”