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Tuvalu making BBC’s Stargazing Live for Ned1

StargazingTuvalu Media, the Dutch production company that recently separated itself from Sony, is making a local version of UK format Stargazing Live for Dutch pubcaster Nederlands 1, TBI has learned.

The show has proved popular in the UK winning above-average share on public broadcaster the BBC’s BBC Two channel.

The Dutch version, for Ned1’s older-skewing Omroep Max, will be a 90-minute special.

The show is distributed by the BBC’s commercial division, BBC Worldwide, which struck the format deal at MIPTV.

The Ned1 deal marks the first time the stargazing and astronomy show has been licensed internationally as a format.

The original UK show was first broadcast on BBC Two in 2011 and now runs to four seasons, the most recent of which went out in January. It is presented by popular physicist Brian Cox and keen amateur astronomer Dara O’Briain.