Exclusive: BBC Studios takes Great Britons format to Peru

BBC Studios has struck its first format deal in Peru for British format Great Britons, which will make an appearance as Grandes Peruanos on Peruvian pubcasters TV Peru and Canal IPe.

In the series, the audience nominates an individual who, in its opinion, should be recognised as the greatest Peruvian of all time.

Viewers will choose among a wide assortment of national icons, including historical figures such as aviation hero José Abelardo Quiñones and Admiral Miguel Grau, the Navy commander who defended Peru in the War of the Pacific.

Sports legends like Teófilo Cubillas will also be considered and acclaimed artists such as poet César Vallejo (pictured) and folk singer and composer Chabuca Granda, best known for the classic “La Flor de la Canela.”

Grandes Peruanos will premiere in the first half of 2020.

The format has been sold to 27 countries since the original British version launched on BBC in 2002. In the UK, national audiences voted after six months to name Sir Winston Churchill the greatest Briton in history.

Other territories to have bought the format include Argentina, France, Czech Republic and Chile.

Great Britons is one unscripted format presented at this week’s BBC Showcase, which also includes non-scripted titles such as My Big Day: Home or Away and One Hot Summer.

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