ITV orders “The Masked Dancer”, new formats; sets “Love Island” return

ITV is bringing shiny-floor format The Masked Dancer to the UK this spring as the broadcaster expands its slate with a number of new unscripted commissions. The 7 x 90-minute Masked ...
March 4, 2021

ITV is bringing shiny-floor format The Masked Dancer to the UK this spring as the broadcaster expands its slate with a number of new unscripted commissions.

The 7 x 90-minute Masked Singer spin-off, produced by Argonon Group’s Bandicoot Scotland, will see 12 celebrity contestants perform unique dances in elaborate costumes, leaving viewers and panelists to guess their identities.

ITV’s head of entertainment commissioning Kate Rawcliffe and commissioning editor Joe Mace ordered the series. Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton and Claire Horton will executive produce.

The Masked Dancer capped off its first season in the U.S. Feb. 17.

ITV Studios label Potato (The Chase, Ninja Warrior UK), meanwhile, secured a commission for the dating game show Ready to Mingle.

Premiering on ITV2 this fall, the format follows a single woman in her search for a partner as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a cash prize.

In a twist, not all of the men are single, with a number being guided by their partners in pursuit of the money. The cast will take up residence in a house, as the woman eliminates each suitor one by one until only one man remains.

Additional commissions revealed today (March 4) include Saturday night game show The Void, which sees contestants compete in mental and physical challenges while dangling at heights over “The Void”; Starstruck, in which ordinary members of the public with exceptional talent team up to make music; and documentary 2020: The Story Of Us (w/t) from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in SeptemberLife in a Day).

In addition to The Masked Dancer, this spring will see the return of ITV Studios hit format Love Island (pictured) after it was revealed in May that the reality competition series would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As previously announced, ITV is bringing back the celebrity musical theatre competition format All Star Musicals in a one-off special produced by ITV Studios’ MultiStory Media this spring.

Simone Haywood and Horton are EPs, with Lewis Thurlow as series producer.

The broadcaster’s spring slate also includes the previously announced game shows Game of Talents and Moneyball, the latter a co-production from ITV Studios labels Possessed and Potato.

Game of Talents (7 x 60 minutes) is executive produced by Ashley Whitehouse with Richard Mittell as series producer. The format, devised by Fremantle’s team in Spain in collaboration with Mediaset, is set to launch on Fox in the U.S. March 10.

ITV will also premiere two previously announced Bear Grylls Wild Adventure specials from Dragonfly Film and TV and The Natural Studios: Bear & Jonny Wilkinson’s Wild Adventure and Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.