The Traitors season two final was a huge hit for the BBC (Picture: BBC/Studio Lambert/Paul Chappells)
They’re hoping Belgian adventure show Destination X can hit the right notes, as the Beeb teams up with NBC on the £20 million series where ‘fiction meets reality’.
The programme – which comes from Seda Irtizaali, executive producer of The Traitors – follows 10 contestants being driven around Europe on a bus with blacked out windows.
They have to try to find out where they are in the continent, despite producers’ best attempts to mislead them by twisting reality.
Each episode, the contestant who plots their cross furthest from the actual location on a map gets booted off the show.
Destination X would take contestants to mystery locations in Europe (Picture: Getty Images)
It means, like banishments and murders, every episode is appointment viewing to avoid spoilers, with the The Traitors final pulling in a peak of seven million viewers.
Kate Phillips, BBC director of unscripted programming, described Destination X as an innovative, smart and addictive show with ‘countless red herrings’ and clues letting the audience play along at home.
‘It feels very unique and distinctive,’ she explained to The Times, noting they have ‘learned from The Traitors’ in a big way.
The show has the hallmarks to capture the imagination just like The Traitors (Picture: BBC/Studio Lambert)
She pointed to how ‘the roundtables provide those real heart-in-mouth moments which explore human psychology and how people behave and react to each other’.
While plenty of broadcasters are pushing ahead with streaming platforms, Netflix’s $5 billion deal with WWE shows the appeal of live TV even as the landscape is changing.
‘The reports of the death of Saturday night television are very much exaggerated. You can see how much audiences appreciate live TV,’ she said. ‘Streamers are starting to see the value of holding back episodes now. It’s really working for them.’
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