BBC Confirms ‘Survivor’ Reboot
The BBC has confirmed that it will bring back Survivor 20 years after it ran on ITV. Remarkable Entertainment will be in charge of making the show.
The 16-part series will air next year. On an island, 20 people will compete in physical and mental challenges to see who will be named the ultimate survivor.
The BBC said that more information about the UK version of Survivor, such as when it will air and who will host it, will be released in due time.
Natalka Znak, who works for Banijay and is also an executive producer on ITV's Big Brother reboot, will work as an executive alongside Claire O'Donohoe
Both Znak and O'Donohoe are well-known Banijay hires from the past few months The first time the format was used was in Sweden in 1997.
In 2001, it was picked up by ITV for two seasons. It has been a big hit in the U.S., where it has been on CBS for 42 seasons and is still going strong.
Versions have also been made in other countries. "Survivor is a hit all over the world," said BBC Director of Unscripted Kate Phillips.
"To be able to bring one of TV's most successful formats to audiences in the UK in a way that is uniquely BBC is a very exciting prospect."
Znak said, "There's a reason why Survivor is called 'the greatest game show on earth.' It has reality, adventure, drama, and the ultimate game. "