London-based indie TV distributor DRG has teamed with TV presenter Jonathan Ross to reboot the primetime entertainment format This Is Your Life.
DRG is currently developing the series with Ross who was a former subject on the show when Michael Aspel was presenter. The reboot will retain elements of the show, including the ‘Big Red Book’ and surprising its famous subjects. There will be some changes to freshen up the format, including more behind the scenes info like how guests are chosen, and how the surprise ‘hit’ on the celebrity is planned.
This Is Your Life first appeared on screen in the U.S. in 1952. It ran for more than 40 series in the UK and is the only show that has appeared on BBC, ITV, the BBC again and then back to ITV.
DRG currently reps the international rights to the 60-year old program.
Over the years, This Is Your Life has been remade in various territories including Australia, New Zealand and Denmark, and has just been renewed in France.