“Love Island,” “Dancing on Ice” highlight ITVS spring formats slate

UK-based ITV Studios (ITVS) has unveiled its spring formats slate ahead of its Formats Festival, which takes place on Friday (Feb. 16). The lineup features five new formats, including Potato’s An Hour To ...
February 13, 2018

UK-based ITV Studios (ITVS) has unveiled its spring formats slate ahead of its Formats Festival, which takes place on Friday (Feb. 16).

The lineup features five new formats, including Potato’s An Hour To Catch A Killer; Gameface’s quiz show Brightest Family; Little Gem’s hotel focused Five Star Hotel; and Motion Content Group and ITV Studios’ celeb game show Guess The Star and quiz program In For A Penny.

Following a four-year hiatus, celebrity dance competition show Dancing on Ice leads the slate, alongside dating reality program Love Island (pictured), which is now in four territories.

ITVS-owned Talpa will be heading to the festival with The Voice Seniorpart of The Voice franchise which features contestants over 65. Talpa will also present A Year To Remember, the celebrity game show that has already been picked up by German broadcaster Sat.1.

ITVS-owned Twofour will launch What Would Your Kid Do? — a series which challenges parents to ask what their children would do in various situations.

“Our Formats Festival enables us to get a head start with buyers, not just on these shows but also on those formats we will be introducing later in the year. We’re looking forward to starting-up some conversations ahead of closing deals in Cannes in April,” said Mike Beale, MD Nordics & Global Creative Network, ITV Studios, in a statement.

Below is a list of the new ITVS formats with descriptions courtesy of the studio.

An Hour To Catch A Killer
Potato for ITV

The format follows specialist detectives when they are first alerted to a murder, recording the decisions they make within the ‘Golden Hour’ — the name police give to a critical window of time that is vital to solving murder cases. The rest of the investigation is then tracked, to the point a suspect is caught and arrested.

Brightest Family
Gameface for ITV

A quiz show where 16 brilliantly bright families from across the country take part in a knock-out tournament to win the coveted title of Brightest Family and a holiday of a lifetime. But all is not what it seems — in this game, it’s not just what you know that’s important, but also what you think your family knows. Players must nominate another family member to answer the questions. The nominated player’s chair then rises, piling on the pressure in the ultimate test of general knowledge and family dynamics.

Five Star Hotel
Little Gem and Motion Content Group co-production with Twofour for E4

Five stars. One hotel. What’s the worst that could happen? Chock full of cheek and mischief, this series sees five ‘stars’ attempting to give a five-star experience to a bunch of critical holiday-makers. The guests arrive with a range of different needs; some are looking for love, others to get engaged – or even get married. Stripped over three weeks, the series follows our five stars as they give up their own luxury lifestyles so that the guests can experience it for themselves. The celebs are all put to work in the hotel and the guests rate their performances. If their reviews aren’t up to scratch, our celeb hosts could find themselves on the next ferry home! So how will they cope when they swap their VIP lifestyle for a taste of life on the other side of the sun lounger?!

Guess The Star
ITV Studios for ITV

Five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favorite musical icon for a performance on new format Guess The Star. After each spectacular lip synch performance, three teams of celebrities are put to the test as they attempt to identify the star beneath the iconic makeup and costume!

In For A Penny
ITV Studios for ITV

In For A Penny is a pop-up quiz that takes gameshows to the streets. Ambushing unsuspecting tourists, shoppers and passers-by, In For A Penny gives ordinary people the chance to win a quick quid. Our host might offer to pay for your petrol if you can control the pump, or you could walk away with £1000 for completing five crazy rounds on your local high street – anyone could win, but you can guarantee that everyone will have fun taking part!


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