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ITV sells “Come Dine With Me,” orders “Tricked”

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has licensed the Come Dine With Me format (pictured) across Central and Eastern Europe, while ITV2 has commissioned magic show Tricked.
June 24, 2013

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has licensed the Come Dine With Me format (pictured) across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), while ITV2 has commissioned magic show Tricked.

Come Dine With Me will air its eighth season on Prima in the Czech Republic, produced by Real TV. The 90-episode season will air in August, while TVN in Poland has commissioned a 15-episode fifth series to air in September.

Slovakia’s Markiza has also commissioned Pro Media to produce a fifth series of the competitive cooking show to air in June.

Come Dine With Me is produced in 36 territories, and follows amateur chefs competing via dinner parties. The  format was also recently recommissioned in Serbia, with Constantine Productions producing 155 episodes for the fourth season.

In related ITV Studios news, ITV2 in the UK has commissioned its in-house production company to produce a 6 x 60-minute show called Tricked, which will air in the fall.

In the series, a magician brings mischief to unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public. Tricked will feature the mystery magician being pushed off a 10 story building by an unsuspecting celebrity, cutting up a shopper’s credit card only to make it reappear, and other feats.

“We are hoping that by combining the joy of hidden camera with the jaw-dropping moments of close-up and large-scale magic, Tricked will deliver a different perspective to the magic show,” said ITV’s controller of digital channels and acquisitions Angela Jain. “Our magician is great and his cheeky personality is a perfect fit for ITV2.”

ITVS GE will distribute Tricked internationally as a finished program and a format.

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