BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle acquire content

BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired content for its channels in Asia, Poland, Africa and the Nordic region.

The shows will air next year. Global audiences of BBC Entertainment and BBC Lifestyle will be presented with reality, cookery and one-off documentaries.

The programme palette includes The Buying Game, Rachel Allen’s Dinner Parties, Royal Wedding and Gok Wan: Too Fat Too Young.

BBC Worldwide Channels VP acquisitions Bun Scrase-Dickins said of the deals, “These are some of the most sought after titles in the market. They have been hugely popular in the UK and I’m thrilled that our international audiences will get to share in the experience of this fantastic British content.”

In The Buying Game from ALL3Media International Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis goes behind closed doors at some of the biggest names in UK retail to expose the secret world of buying for the first time. In a twist, these buyers will not be turning to their trusted suppliers for the next big thing. Instead, they will be gambling on the talents of the British public in their quest to find the best and most innovative new products.

Each episode of Rachel Allen’s Dinner Parties sees a different group of people who regularly host and attend each other’s dinner parties nominating one person to join Rachel for a hands-on dinner party cooking lesson. In return, the student must recreate the dishes for their friends back home, as Rachel watches their efforts.

Football’s Next Star from Endemol offers young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance of a contract with Inter Milan. Of thousands of auditionees, only 10 will be selected to fly out to Italy. There, they had just over a month to prove to Inter Milan youth coaches Marco Monti and Paolo Migliavacca that they had what it takes to make it in Italian football. The series features premiership footballer Jamie Redknapp who mentors the boys throughout their
journey.

Gok Wan: Too Fat Too Young has been acquired from ZodiaK Rights. Gok Wan, star of the show How To Look Good Naked, talks to teenagers who have been severely affected by food addiction and explores the frightening extent of Britain’s teenage obesity crisis. His empathyruns deep: as a teenager, Gok weighed 21 stone.

In a candid and personal journey, he returns to Leicester to his school and his old family home and takes a look at his relationship with food. With food addiction specialist Dr Le Fever, Gok unravels his deep-rooted issues and looks for answers as he goes on his journey.

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