UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned a six-part local adaptation of Nation’s Brightest, a primetime entertainment format from German indie I&U TV Production.
The format was acquired by distributor Zodiak Rights at MIPTV in Cannes earlier this year, following its debut on ARD in Germany.
BBC1 has commissioned a UK version of the format, to be called The Brightest Briton (working title), for a 4 x 75-minute and 2 x 60-minute series to air in early 2013. It will be produced by Zodiak Media-owned RDF Television.
The format sees a jury visit towns and cities across the UK to assess potential “brainbox contestants.” Those selected then perform in front of a live studio audience, battling for a cash prize.
Paul Martin, Zodiak Rights VP of entertainment, said: “At a time when many broadcasters are looking beyond formulaic talent shows we feel Nations Brightest is a fantastic format that appeals across all age groups and to all walks of life.
“It is, at its heart, a show that anyone can participate in and anyone can enjoy as a viewer. We are sure that the BBC version will enjoy the same success as the original German show and we look forward to further international versions.”
Zodiak has worldwide rights, excluding Germany, to Nation’s Brightest.