ITV revives ‘Big Brother’ reality format for the UK

UK comcaster ITV has ordered a revival of reality format Big Brother, with a new series ordered to launch on ITV2 and upcoming streamer ITVX in 2023. Produced by Banijay UK-owned Initial, the returning series will follow a new cast of carefully selected contestants, from all walks of life, as they take up residence in […]

Shahid VIP takes UK ‘Stand UP’ format to MENA

MBC Group-owned Arabic SVOD service Shahid VIP has ordered a local adaptation of comedy format The Stand Up Sketch Show. Different Productions will produce the 10 x 30-minute series, which will be known locally as Stand UP, for Shahid VIP, based on the format created by Spirit Studios for ITV2 in the UK, which is […]

UK’s ITV2 orders Noho teen drama, ‘Tell Me Everything’

ITV2 in the UK has commissioned a teen drama, Tell Me Everything, produced by ITV Studios-owned Noho Film and Television. The series, created by Mark O’Sullivan and Yemi Oyefuwa, explores what it’s like to be coming of age in the 2020s and will head to ITV2 and VOD service ITV Hub. Noho Film and Television’s […]

ITV2 spins Monkey’s ‘Celebrity Karaoke Club’ with drag version

ITV2 in the UK has ordered a spin-off version of NBCUniversal format Celebrity Karaoke Club featuring drag stars, while the original show has also been extended into a second season. Karaoke Club: Drag Edition will debut in the Autumn on ITV2 and streamer ITV Hub, featuring stars as they attempt to impress their fellow singers […]

UK’s ITV details ‘on-demand first’ commissioning plan, preps ITV2 drama & factual shows

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed it is to start commissioning directly for its ad-supported streamer ITV Hub and will order factual originals for youth-skewing brand ITV2. ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said last year that the company would start ordering shows directly for its AVOD and SVOD streamer, and head of digital channels & acquisitions Paul Mortimer […]

ITV preps for ‘Love Island’ return after host Caroline Flack’s death, aged 40

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is preparing to return Love Island to screens with an episode dedicated to its former host Caroline Flack, whose death was reported over the weekend. News of Flack’s death from suicide first emerged on Saturday, prompting the show’s channel ITV2 to postpone both that day’s Love Island: Unseen Bits programme and […]

ITV names Laura Whitmore to replace Caroline Flack on ‘Love Island’

Laura Whitmore is to replace Caroline Flack as the host on season six of the UK version of Love Island. Flack stood down this week from hosting duties after being charged with assault by beating following an incident at her Islington home. Whitmore previously replaced Flack as host of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out […]

ITV boss defends ‘Love Island’ as half-year results unveiled

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended Love Island’s duty of care as the broadcaster prepares to roll out a winter series of the format just months after facing calls for its cancellation.  Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme this morning, McCall was grilled about the future of the show rather than ITV’s half-year results, unveiled […]

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