Endemol has sent prime-time social experiment Stripped to Portugal.
Portuguese terrestrial broadcaster TVI has commissioned an eight-part order of the format, to be produced by Shine Iberia. Known locally as Começar do Zero, the series finds everyday people challenged to strip themselves of everything they own to find out what they really need to be happy.
Over the course of a month, all of the participants’ possessions are taken and put into storage, with only one thing returned to them every day. They can’t buy or borrow anything, except the very basics like food and drink, and they must carry on with their daily lives.
In the end, participants come to discover what they truly need when stripped of everything, and what’s most important in their lives.
Created by Metronome, part of Endemol Shine Nordics, the series has sold into seven markets including Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and the US.
Lisa Perrin, CEO of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, said: “Great factual entertainment puts real people in extraordinary circumstances with captivating results. This show is a fascinating insight into how people respond when stripped of all their belongings and I‘m intrigued how the Portuguese participants withstand this very modern challenge.”
Rui Ávila, EP for Shine Iberia, added: “It is the ideal moment for a format like Stripped in Portugal as we are joining the global movement of sustainability and exploring how to be happy by using less resources and a temporary disconnection from the technological world. With the stories of our participants in this social experiment, it is our goal to re-connect the audience with their real values so they can find out for themselves what really matters.”