Banijay Finland preps adaptation of SAS: Who Dares Wins
Banijay Finland has announced it will produce a local version of SAS: Who Dares Wins for Nelonen’s Ruutu SVOD platform.
Slated to air this year, the Finnish version of the format (pictured) will recruit a roster of celebrities who will be put through a series of physical and psychological tests modeled on the Special Forces selection process to see if they have what it takes to be chosen for elite training. The training team in Finland is led by a navy veteran, who will be joined by former elite servicemen to run the course and provide insight into the process.
Banijay Rights holds the global distribution rights for SAS: Who Dares Wins, which was created by UK production company Minnow Films. Finland is the seventh territory to adapt the format, following successful local versions in such countries as Denmark, Sweden and Australia.
“This is a gripping format which we’re delighted to bring to Finland,” said Tatu Ferchen, CEO of Banijay Finland, in a release. “The celebrities are raring to go, and whilst many love the outdoors and fitness, the Nelonen audience will witness them navigate one of the toughest tests of their career.”
BBC Two’s Food Stories to include work from indies across the UK
Six independent prodcos from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will contribute to the new BBC Two series Food Stories (w/t), which is being overseen by Scotland’s Red Sky.
The series, which will be produced as a collaboration between BBC Daytime and Early Peak, and the BBC’s commissioning teams in each of the nations, will focus on food, farming and the countryside.
The six indies selected to contribute to Food Stories are Freeform Productions (England), Friel Kean Films (Scotland), Studio Something (Scotland), Alleycats TV (Northern Ireland), Yeti TV (Wales) and Telesgop (Wales). Each prodco will produce VT inserts for the series, based in each of the nations.
Red Sky will produce the 20 x 30-minute series that will air on BBC Two, as well as four 5 x 30-minute programs that will air in each nation (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England) and will include the abovementioned VTs.
The commissioning process was led by Lindsay Bradbury from BBC Daytime and Early Peak, in collaboration with Karen Kirby in Northern Ireland, Christina Macaulay in Wales, Tony Nellany in Scotland and Diana Hare in England.