BBC Worldwide Channels (BBCWW) has ordered ITV Studios to create a South African version of factual entertainment format Come Dine with Me (pictured: Come Dine with Me Canada), marking what will be the first local production commissioned by the broadcaster for the region.
Come Dine with Me South Africa will be produced locally by Rapid Blue, with pre-production on the series beginning this month.
The show will debut this October on BBC Entertainment, which is available on the DStv platform. The series will also air on BBCWW networks across the Middle East, Scandinavia and Poland.
Shooting for the 10-part series will take place in three different locations in South Africa: Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
Ian McDonough, BBCWW’s senior VP and general manager for EMEA, said: “Food programming has proven to be immensely popular on our channels and Come Dine with Me unites an exciting cross section of contestants from all social and cultural backgrounds – not to mention ages and genders – through their love of food and entertaining.
“Creating a local version of this hugely successful British format signals our ongoing commitment to the region and to our audiences.”
The deal was brokered by Melanie Owen for BBCWW and Andre Renaud, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s senior sales exec for Italy, Benelux and Africa.
In related news, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has also inked a Canadian deal for its fact ent format Four Weddings. Shaw Media has picked up format rights for the show and will launch a local version of the series on its Slice channel next year, to be produced by Toronto-based indie Proper Television.