Banijay France today announces the long-awaited return of Secret Story, a format within the Big Brother universe, on TF1. Produced by Endemol France, the reality TV show will be back next year after a six-year hiatus, with casting underway. “Entertaining viewers is in our DNA, and we are excited to creatively grow Secret Story for its comeback, introducing it to a new generation of fans, while celebrating the time-tested success of this ever-evolving format," Jean-Louis Blot, CEO of Endemol France said.
"Secret Story" was first introduced to French audiences in 2007, airing for 11 seasons and almost 1000 episodes. A 15-year anniversary special in 2022 confirmed a great appetite for its return. More recently, the format has also been adapted in Spain and Portugal. "TF1 is a great partner and we enjoyed revitalising the resoundingly popular classic format Star Academy for them, and we are poised to harness our expertise to take Secret Story to new heights," Blot said.
“As part of the expansive 'Big Brother' universe, 'Secret Story' is well-placed to make a successful return to French television, bringing this hugely entertaining, original reality format to a fresh wave of viewers," Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer, Operations at Banijay said. "This is a format that delivers drama and audiences; with Jean-Louis and Endemol France at the helm, enthusiastic reality fans and TF1 viewers can expect a must-watch, unmissable series.”
To date, "Big Brother,"a Banijay format, has had 67 adaptations, broadcast across 72 countries, with over 550 seasons and 36,000 episodes. Last year alone, it recorded its most successful year ever globally with 33 productions airing across 26 markets. "Big Brother" recently made a highly-anticipated return in the UK on ITV with 3.4 million viewers tuning in to the debut episode, making it the highest launch for the format since 2010.
Entertaining viewers is in our DNA, and we are excited to creatively grow Secret Story for its comeback, introducing it to a new generation of fans, while celebrating the time-tested success of this ever-evolving format.” Jean-Louis Blot CEO of Endemol France