BBC One and BBC iPlayer confirmed plans to launch "Suvivor" in the UK. “Survivor is a global television hit and to be able to bring one of TV’s most successful formats to audiences in the UK in a uniquely BBC way is a very exciting prospect indeed," Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC said.
The new UK adaption was commissioned by BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Banijay UK company Remarkable Entertainment, led by entertainment producers Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe. The original format was created by Charlie Parsons. Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, "Surivvor" was previously ranked as the ‘Number 1 Best Reality Show of All Time’ by Variety. 50 versions have been commissioned around the world to date, and the CBS version of the show from the USA will soon be airing its 43rd series.
The title was produced by Remarkable Entertainment (a Banijay UK company) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and was commissioned by Director of Entertainment Commissioning, Kate Phillips. Natalka Znak from Remarkable Entertainment is Executive Producer alongside Claire O’Donohoe, Paul Osborne and Stephen Lovelock. The format was developed for the BBC by Richard Hague. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
The 16-part series showcases a physical and psychological gameshow competition consisting of 20 people, carefully selected from across the UK will be marooned in a tropical location. They will be divided into two tribes, going head-to-head in a range of physical and psychological challenges. Following a number of eliminations that will take place at the iconic tribal council, the tribes will eventually merge before one person takes away a cash prize and proves that they have what it takes to be the Ultimate Survivor. “'Survivor' is ‘the greatest gameshow on earth’ for a reason - it has everything - reality, adventure, drama, and the ultimate game. I can’t wait to be boots on the ground, working with Paul Osborne, Stephen Lovelock and the fantastic team at Remarkable to make this epic series for the BBC," Natalka Znak, CEO Remarkable Entertainment said.
'Survivor' is a global television hit and to be able to bring one of TV’s most successful formats to audiences in the UK in a uniquely BBC way is a very exciting prospect indeed.” Kate Phillips Director, Unscripted at the BBC