Formats

“Operation Live”, “Catchpoint”, “The Chamber” lead ITVS spring formats slate

UK-based ITV Studios (ITVS) has unveiled its spring formats slate in preparation for its annual Formats Festival, taking place Feb 20. The lineup includes a behind-the-scenes look at modern medicine and surgery ...
February 15, 2019

UK-based ITV Studios (ITVS) has unveiled its spring formats slate in preparation for its annual Formats Festival, taking place Feb 20.

The lineup includes a behind-the-scenes look at modern medicine and surgery in Operation Live (pictured), along with original game shows Catchpoint and The Chamber.

ITVS-owned Talpa is also heading to the festival, with its spring slate including DanceSing, a boot camp-style, all-around singing-and-dancing superstar competition format; The Desert, in which contestants strive to survive in a desert environment; and Minor Problems, about four diverse parents with one thing in common: they’re raising teenagers.

Meanwhile, the ITVS-owned Twofour Group will showcase its culinary format Beat the Chef and Secret Teacher (w/t), in which entrepreneurs go undercover as school support staff.

“From Operation Live, which brings a whole new level of access to surgeons and the operating table, to The Chamber, a unique new physical game show filmed underground, our new spring slate includes exciting new shows tackling their genres in innovative new ways,” said Mike Beale, MD Nordics and Global Creative Network, ITV Studios, in a statement.

“Our Formats Festival enables us to get a head start with buyers on our new shows launching across the year, while also reminding them of the continued success of our existing hits performing in markets around the world, such as Love Island and I’m A Celebrity. It allows for greater context and valuable insight, and gets conversations started in earnest ahead of MIPTV and other global markets over the next few months.”

Below is a list of the new ITVS formats.

Catchpoint (co-produced by Possessed and 12 Yard for BBC1)

Teams of two compete for a cash prize by answering picture questions, or getting close, in a physical game of catch as balls with right and wrong answers fall from above.

The Chamber (produced by Boom for S4C)

A physical contest in which contestants face mental and physical challenges, all underground.

Operation Live (produced by the Garden for Channel 5)

Viewers get a glimpse into modern hospitals and witness a range of surgeries, from open heart surgery to a replacement knee operation.

All Star Musicals (produced by Shiver for ITV)

Celebrity contestants compete in singing, dancing and musical theater challenges, taking them out of their comfort zone, with the winner selected by the audience.

€5K Wedding Challenge (produced by Boom for S4C)

Friends and family of affianced couples have to plan the perfect wedding on a €5,000 budget, all without the happy couple catching on.

The Hangover Games (produced by Little Gem for E4)

Groups of friends wake up to a surprise game-show challenge. The bigger challenge will be trying to win with a hangover after a night of hard partying in this new comedy format.

The Imitation Game (produced by Big Talk Productions for ITV)

Actors, comedians and impersonators compete in a series of challenges built around celebrity impressions.

The Most Beautiful Bride (produced by ITV Studios France for TF1)

Four brides compete on every element of their dream weddings, and they rate each other’s looks, with one emerging as “the most beautiful bride,” and winning her dream outfit for the big day.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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