‘Survivor’ U.K. Opens Casting for BBC Show

“Survivor” has formally opened its functions within the U.Ok.

The Banijay-produced and distributed format will land on the BBC subsequent yr — marking the primary time the truth journey format has returned to U.Ok. shores in additional than 20 years.

The casting course of has begun, with functions now open till Feb. 24 for anybody over the age of 18 at survivoruk.com. The present is produced by Exceptional Leisure.

The well-known competitors collection, which is now on its forty third season within the U.S., maroons members of the general public — divided into two teams based mostly round a sure theme — in a far-flung location to play a recreation of social, psychological and bodily talent. Individuals should kind their very own tribal societies and compete in challenges for reward or immunity.

The BBC present, which can be taking pictures for eight weeks within the Dominican Republic, has a money prize of £100,000 ($121,000).

The success of the BBC adaptation of “Survivor” can be intently watched given the format flopped within the U.Ok. within the early 2000s. Broadcast on ITV in 2001 and 2002, “Survivor” did not seize the general public creativeness and by no means introduced within the scores the broadcaster had hoped for in contrast with the U.S. viewing figures. There have been complaints on the time that ITV hadn’t executed sufficient to assist the launch of the present — a mistake the BBC received’t doubtless make. In actual fact, “Survivor” can be one of many public broadcaster’s most essential actuality launches of the yr alongside different resurrected unscripted reveals similar to “Gladiators” and “The Osbournes: House to Roost.”

To date, all we all know is that the brand new season will encompass 16 episodes and have 20 contestants. Selection understands that discussions are at present underway to safe the present’s all-important host, which performs a vital guiding position within the format.

Created by Charlie Parsons, “Survivor” first aired in Sweden in 1997 as “Expedition Robinson,” and travelled to the U.S. on CBS in Could 2000, the place the Jeff Probst-hosted present shortly grew to become a sensation. Earlier this yr, Season 43 was the highest unscripted present in primetime on CBS and the primary unscripted present on Wednesday nights with 7.3 million viewers on common.

Round 50 diversifications and 350 collection in complete have been commissioned globally up to now.