TLC UK is adapting the Italian format Undressed for a British audience.
The Discovery Communications-owned cable channel has ordered a 20 x 30-minute UK version of the Italian program, originally produced by Zodiak Media’s Magnolia Italy, and currently airing on the Discovery Networks International-owned Nove channel.
The UK version of Undressed is to be produced by RDF Television-owned Fizz, and will air on TLC in the UK and Ireland this summer.
The series – which retains its Italian title – has two strangers undress each other and get into bed together during a first date. The pair spends 30 minutes in bed wearing only their underwear, while a big-screen TV asks questions of the couple and assigns various tasks designed to foster a sense of intimacy.
Once the 30-minute period is over, the pair decides whether they will remain in bed for the rest of the date, or leave the room.
The network in a release notes that the series re-examines the psychology of dating and operates on the theory that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. TLC promises a “relatable cast” that is diverse in sexuality, ethnicity, age, disability and background.
Marjorie Kaplan, president of content at Discovery Networks International, opened a keynote conversation at the 2016 Realscreen Summit with a clip from the Italian program, noting the social experiment as an example of content that was of interest to DNI.
Undressed was ordered by Clare Laycock, VP and head of channels for TLC and Investigation Discovery, and commissioned by Mark Procter, acting head of factual entertainment at Discovery Networks International. Executive producers include Steve Jones of TLC, and Peter Usher and Neale Simpson for Fizz.
Zodiak Media owns worldwide rights to the format and Zodiak Rights will distribute internationally.