BAFTA to honor Joan Bakewell
Broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell is to be honored at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards with the BAFTA Television Fellowship.
Awarded annually, the fellowship recognizes an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.
With a career spanning more than 50 years, Bakewell currently serves as a presenter on Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year and has presented some of the UK’s enduring factual programs, including Late Night Line-Up (1965-72) and Heart of the Matter (1988-2000). She has additionally presented the four-part Taboo series for the BBC in 2001, which offered a personal exploration of the concepts of taste, decency and censorship.
Bakewell also served as BBC television’s first arts correspondent between 1981 and 1987.
The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards recognize and celebrate the best in British television programs, performances and behind-the-scenes talent from 2018. The ceremony will broadcast via BBC1 from the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 12.
Armoza Formats sends two to South Africa
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent two of its primetime entertainment formats to South African producer The TVSmiths for local adaptation.
Anchoring the slate is I Can Do That! (60-120 minutes; pictured), a studio entertainment format that takes a group of competitive celebrities and challenges them to perform live acts each week to prove that there’s nothing they can’t do. Viewers then choose who has given the best performance. The show has now been licensed in over 25 countries and aired in over 90, including the U.S., Italy, Germany and Mexico.
Elsewhere, comedic fact-ent format The Gran Plan (60 minutes) features a trio of grandmother life coaches as they attempt to tackle such situations as first date jitters, breakups, addiction and career struggles. “They bridge the generation gap in their own hilarious way and force their young protégées to move on with their lives,” the company said in a release.
Armoza has recently seen success in South Africa with two adaptations, including of docu-reality series Marry Me Now – one in Afrikaans and one in English – as well as the fact-ent format The Ex-Team, soon to air on channel VIA.
The Voice Senior returns to Russia
Russian broadcaster Channel One has recommissioned talent competition format The Voice Senior from ITV Studios-owned Talpa Media.
The musical spin-off features a group of seniors who set out to prove you’re never too old to shine. Four celebrity coaches will compete to pick their favorite seniors in blind auditions. In the knockouts, each coach will select their two best seniors to take to the finals, where one contestant will be crowned winner.
Season two will air later this year on Channel One and will be produced in-house.
The second series order follows in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, all of which have previously recommissioned the elderly talent format.