UK broadcaster ITV has ordered Eternal Glory, a six-part celebrity sports series from the LA- and London-based formats company Small World IFT.
Presented by Richard Bacon (pictured) and sports scientist Greg Whyte, the 6 x 60-minute series is to follow eight as-yet-unannounced sporting legends living together by the Adriatic Sea as they embark on a series of physical and mental challenges. The athletes will be faced with elimination each week until one is crowned champion.
Eternal Glory is to be produced by UK indie Twofour. The series was commissioned by ITV’s Kate Maddigan, and will be exec produced by Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie and Cat Lawson for Twofour. Small World partner Content Media will distribute the 6 x 60-minute UK version to the international market through its Content Television division.
A recently announced partnership with Belgium-based The New Flemish Primitives (TNFP) allows Small World to distribute a raft of formats from TNFP’s portfolio across the U.S., UK, Asia (excluding China) and Latin America. Bruno Wyndaele, the CEO at independent producer and TNFP partner TV4mats, and the creator and host of the original Belgian version, is to represent TV4mats during production of the UK version.
Eternal Glory has aired across a raft of European nations including Sweden (seven seasons), Norway (six seasons), Belgium (three seasons), Denmark, Finland and Holland.
“We’re really pleased to announce such a landmark commission so soon after partnering with our friends at TNFP,” said Luci Burnley, senior VP at Small World IFT, in a statement. “Kate and the team at ITV were quick to recognize the impressive performance of the format throughout Europe and this will be the ideal home to debut Eternal Glory to UK audiences.”
Currently in pre-production, the UK version will begin filming in Croatia later this month and will launch later this year on ITV.