ITV orders Twofour’s “This Time Next Year”

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the 6 x 60-minute transformation series This Time Next Year from producer Twofour Group. (Pictured: host Davina McCall)
August 24, 2015

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the 6 x 60-minute transformation series This Time Next Year from producer Twofour Group.

Hosted by English TV presenter Davina McCall (pictured), the series is to spotlight people from across the UK undertaking a transformation in their lives over a 12-month period.

From losing half their body weight, finding love or becoming a parent, the series will be delivered in an “instantaneous time travel” format, breaking away from the traditional makeover format.

Instead, each individual will state their goal and leave the studio ready to begin their challenge. Moments later, they will reappear completely transformed one year later. Only then will the series reveal each individual’s transformation.

Andrew Mackenzie and Melanie Leach serve as executive producers, while Amy Boyle is to series produce. The program is commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy, and Amanda Stavri, ITV’s entertainment commissioner.

Elsewhere, Twofour’s in-house distribution arm, Twofour Rights, has sent four-part series Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy into North America, Australasia, Asia and Europe.

The travel series – which follows the British hotelier across the Italian peninsula – will air on TLN in Canada, while Asian broadcasters TVB in Hong Kong, BBC Worldwide in China and True Visions in Thailand have also acquired the rights to carry the program. Additionally, Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel in Australia and New Zealand’s TVNZ have also licensed the series.

In Europe, meanwhile, the series has been picked up by Nat Geo People in Italy; Fox International Channels for Spain; TV2 in Denmark; and FTV Prima, spol. s r.o in the Czech Republic.

The series was originally produced by Twofour for UK broadcaster Channel 5.

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