Australian network Foxtel has commissioned an Australian version of Maverick-produced health series Embarrassing Bodies.
Shine Australia will produce the Aussie version, entitled Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, exclusively for Foxtel’s LifeStyle You channel, with production set to commence next month.
Dr Christian Jessen (pictured above), who co-hosts the UK version of the show, will travel to Australia and appear in the new series.
Hannah Barnes, Foxtel’s head of programming and commissions for LifeStyle channels, said: “Embarrassing Bodies is one of LifeStyle You’s most successful properties, so it is a huge win for Foxtel not only to have secured the rights to a local version, but also to have Dr Christian involved in this new production.
“The franchise continues to grow here in Australia in terms of ratings, which shows that Aussies are more than ready for a local version.”
Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy added: “Embarrassing Bodies has become a health and lifestyle phenomenon in the UK. Together with the fabulous Dr Christian and a talented team of local doctors, we look forward to making it appointment to view television for the Australian audience.”
Embarrassing Bodies tackles obscure medical conditions that people are often too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about. It is distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights and currently airs in more than 100 markets around the world, with local versions produced in Belgium, Holland, France and now Australia.