Mark Burnett’s “500 Questions” heads to the UK

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the Mark Burnett-produced, primetime quiz format 500 Questions (pictured).
November 27, 2015

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a four-episode run of the Mark Burnett-produced prime-time quiz format 500 Questions (pictured).

The series sees contestants deemed to be the “smartest people in the country” compete to answer 500 difficult general knowledge questions. If any of the participants answers three questions in a row incorrectly, they are eliminated.

Wall to Wall, part of the Warner Bros. Television Productions UK family, will produce the British adaptation, which is expected to premiere in 2016. Moira Ross serves as executive producer while Laura Turner is series producer.

500 Questions was created by Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros.’ unscripted and alternative television, alongside executive producer Mark Burnett.

Global distribution for the format is handled by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, with format sales led by Warner Bros. International Television Production.

The program, which premiered on U.S. broadcaster ABC in May, was recently commissioned by German broadcaster RTL. ABC renewed the series for a second season in October.

(With files from Manori Ravindran)

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