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Channel 4 gets “Scared of the Dark”, ITV heads to “Gino’s Italy”

ITV Studios affiliates Possessed and MultiStory Media have won the latest commission from Channel 4′s Global Format Fund, as the broadcaster unveiled that the social experiment Scared of the Dark ...
May 16, 2022

ITV Studios affiliates Possessed and MultiStory Media have won the latest commission from Channel 4′s Global Format Fund, as the broadcaster unveiled that the social experiment Scared of the Dark (w/t) is heading into production.

The six-part series will see a group of celebrities brought to a specially created living space where they will have to spend seven days in complete darkness. In addition to learning how to perform everyday tasks without the benefit of light, the participants will also be subjected to a series of challenges that will test both their fears of and ability to function in the dark.

The format is produced by MultiStory Media from an original idea by Possessed, and is executive produced by Glenn Hugill, Simone Haywood and Jon Cahn.

“Channel 4 has always been home to some of the most outlandish and boundary-pushing reality creations that challenge preconceptions through innovative formats and diverse casting, and Scared of the Dark is a commission firmly in that tradition,” said Beck in a release.

Possessed and MultiStory parent ITV, meanwhile, has commissioned a new food/travel series from Betty TV starring celebrity chef and longtime ITV presenter Gino D’Acampo (pictured).

In Gino’s Italy: Like Mamma Used to Make (6 x 30 min.), D’Acampo travels throughout Italy for a celebration of Italian cuisine and the women who have shaped the country’s culinary legacy. Stopping in Naples, Florence, Bologna and points in between, D’Acampo revisits his roots and drops in on the kitchens of local matriarchs to learn their cooking secrets. The series will also be accompanied by a cookbook of the same name, to be published by Bloomsbury.

Gino’s Italy: Like Mamma Used to Make is produced and directed by Naveed Chowdhary-Flatt, with Helen Cooke and David Harrison serving as executive producers for Betty TV. All3Media International will distribute the series globally.

Photo by Haarala Hamilton 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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