Survivor has officially opened its applications in the UK
Produced and distributed by Banijay, the format will land on the BBC next year – marking the first time the reality-adventure format has returned to British shores in more than 20 years.
The casting process has started and applications are now open until February 24th for anyone over the age of 18 at survivoruk.com. The show is produced by Remarkable Entertainment.
The acclaimed competitive series, now in its 43rd season in the US, takes members of the public – divided into two themed groups – to a faraway place to play a game of social, mental and physical skills. People must create their own tribal societies and compete in challenges for reward or immunity.
The BBC show, which will be filmed in the Dominican Republic for eight weeks, has a cash prize of £100,000 ($121,000).
The success of the BBC adaptation of Survivor is being closely watched given the format’s flop in the UK in the early 2000s. ‘Survivor’, which aired on ITV in 2001 and 2002, failed to capture the public imagination and never garnered the ratings compared to US viewership that the channel had hoped for. There were complaints at the time that ITV hadn’t done enough to support the show’s launch – a mistake the BBC is unlikely to make. In fact, Survivor will be one of the public broadcaster’s premier reality starts of the year, alongside other unscripted resurrected shows like Gladiators and The Osbournes: Home to Roost.
So far we only know that the new season will consist of 16 episodes and will feature 20 contestants. diversity understands that discussions are ongoing to secure the show’s all-important host, who plays a crucial leadership role in the format.
Created by Charlie Parsons, Survivor first aired in Sweden in 1997 as Expedition Robinson and traveled to the US on CBS in May 2000, where the show, hosted by Jeff Probst, quickly became a sensation. Earlier this year, Season 43 was the top unscripted primetime show on CBS and the number one unscripted show on Wednesday nights, averaging 7.3 million viewers.
To date, around 50 adaptations and a total of 350 series have been commissioned worldwide.
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