Germany’s ZDF lands Shine TV’s UK literacy format ‘The Write Offs’

The Write Offs

ZDF in Germanuy has ordered a local version of UK literacy format, The Write Offs.

The show will be known locally as Lost For Words and was originally created by Banijay’s Shine TV, with the ZDF version being produced by Endemol Shine Germany.

The format follows a group of adults as they receive one-to-one tuition that improves thier literacy, with the series concluding with a “heart-warming and dramatic” performance for their loved ones.

Fabian Tobias, MD at Endemol Shine Germany, said: “The Write Offs shines a light on an issue that affects six million people in Germany [but which has been] rarely discussed. Just as in the UK, Denmark, and Australia, we hope this new series will provide uplifting and relevant content whilst also inspiring those who do struggle with their literacy.”

The format debuted on Channel 4 in the UK and has been adapted by SBS in Oz.

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