The television consultancy firm selected the 16 most outstanding unscripted premieres of March around the world. This time, Spanish documentaries Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva, by Telecinco, and Nevenka, by Netflix stand out.
The television consulting firm Teleformat exclusively revealed to ttvnews its selection of the most prominent formats for March.
The list consists of the premieres made during the last month in the main television markets around the world.
On this occasion, productions from the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Japan, the United States or China are included with new ideas that have had a local impact or new adaptations of formats that continue to make people talk in new markets.
In addition, two formats from Spain stand out in the list: Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva, by Telecinco and the Netflix documentary, Nevenka.
Here are the main formats for March according to Teleformat:
Drawers Off is a contest with elements of reality, of 20 installments, that arises as a competition between amateur portrait artists. Issued from Monday to Friday and with five participants each week, one of them in each installment must pose for his companions, who show off his skills and talent by portraying him in the best way they know how. While the competitor in question poses, his fellow artists must display a different technique for each masterpiece they create, from charcoal and oil to collage or mixed media, all supervised by visual artist and art curator Diana Ali. At the end of the broadcast, the model of that day values each work without knowing who the author is. It is entirely up to them whether they judge the portraits on their artistic merits, or whether they are flattered or offended by how their opponents view them. On Friday, the highest rated artist of the five contestants for the week takes home a cash prize. The show is hosted by comedian Jenny Eclair.
Channel: Channel 4
Production Company: Motion Content Group / MultiStory Media
Huis Gemaakt (Home Made) is a reality-based contest in which nine young couples face the challenge of renovating and refurbishing three vacant houses, located in different locations in Flanders (three couples per house). The presenter Dina Tersago accompanies the candidates during the project. An expert jury, made up of an interior designer and a successful businessman, offers her help and finally decides which duo wins their own home.
Production Company: Hotel Hungaria
Nevenka is a three-episode documentary about the first sentence of a politician for sexual abuse in Spain, produced by Newtral (a company founded by the presenter Ana Pastor). The documentary reviews the story of Nevenka Fernández who in 2001 filed a complaint in the Superior Court of Justice and León against Ismael Álvarez, a colleague from a municipal group and mayor of the town. It was a very notorious case that set a precedent in Spanish justice. The sentence came in November 2003, the first conviction of a political charge for this crime. Justice forced him to pay a fine of 6,480 euros and to compensate Nevenka with 12,000 euros.
Network: Netflix (SVOD)
Production Company: Newtral
DNA Journey is a three-broadcast reality series that emerges as a sequel or continuation of the Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey format, aired on the channel in 2019 and starring the famous host duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. In this edition, new celebrities with close relationships take on a series of journeys to explore their past and family history, fueled by the revelations that emerge from DNA testing. In all, six celebrities embark on this genealogical adventure: Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp, Alan Carr and Amanda Holden, and the father-son duo of Martin and Roman Kemp.
Production Company: Miter Television / Voltage TV
Distribution: BBC Studios Distribution
Canzone segreta (Secret Song) is the Italian version of the French format La chanson secrète, offered on TF1 and also adapted in Finland. The space, of five installments, has as protagonists several famous people from the world of entertainment, sports, journalism, etc. From the white chair, an iconic and identifying element of the program, the protagonist enjoys the surprise that other artists, friends or family have dedicated to him, who surprise him with a new version of one of his favorite song. The guest hears the first notes of his song in a personal world of memories, in a succession of pfilms, photographs and projections that cover the most important moments of his life.
Network: Rai Uno
Production Company: Blu Yazmine
Distribution: Can’t Stop Media
De Verraders (The Traitors) is an eight-part adventure contest, set in a castle, in which 18 celebrities try to get a treasure (50 kilograms of silver) by completing different physical and mental missions. The contestants must work together to reach their goal, but three of them are traitors – only the host and viewers know who they are – who don’t want to share the spoils. The latter do their best to divide the group without being discovered, and every night they “murder” a comrade. Every day, a voting council is held in which celebrities try to expose traitors.
Production Company: IDTV (All3Media) / PosVideo / RTL Creative Unit
Distribution: All3Media International
Wei Ge Er Zan
Wei Ge Er Zan (Praising Songs) is a talent contest in which 30 groups of singers face each other in a competition consisting of singing popular songs on the Tik Tok app, as well as new songs from the artists who popularized them. The program has two juries, one called the “100 Praise Team”, made up of 100 music lovers, and another called the “High Praise Team,” made up of six famous Tik Tok influencers. The votes of both juries determine the winning song. At the same time, the Tik Tok platform recreate the songs of this format.
Network: Jiangsu Sat. TV
Production Company: Zhejiang TV
Waffles + Mochi
Waffles + Mochi (Gofre + Mochi) is a children’s program in which former first lady Michelle Obama plays a supermarket owner who embarks on a culinary expedition around the world with Gofre and Mochi, two puppets who want to become chefs. Throughout this gastronomic adventure, they tour kitchens, restaurants and farms around the world with the help of a flying car. In this way, they will learn about the culture and flavors of different corners of the planet.
Country: United States
Network: Netflix (SVOD)
Production Company: Higher Ground Productions
GEWOON. BLOOT. (Simply. Naked.) Is the local version of the Danish format Ultra smider tøjet, premiered on the DR Ultra channel in May 2019. It is an eight-part educational program in which five adult volunteers show their naked bodies to a group of 11-12 year old children present on the set. What characterizes these bodies is their diversity (different sizes, heights, colors, ages, etc.), since the purpose is to help dissociate beauty standards. After a brief introduction, the models take off their bathrobes and are exposed before the children’s eyes so that they can ask them all the questions that occur to them. Each emission focuses on a different part of the body.
Production Company: NTR / Warner Bros. International Television Production Nederland
Distribution: Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP)
Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva
Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva is a documentary series with interview elements that collects, for the first time after years of silence, the testimony of Rocío Carrasco Jurado, daughter of the singer Rocío Jurado and famous for her controversial relationship with the former civil guard Antonio David Flores, starring on the two covers of the magazines of the heart for much of their lives. After her ex-husband and father of her two children toured the television sets telling his version of the relationship between them and their family situation, now Rocío reappears telling her own truth, providing a totally opposite version of events and unleashing the controversy and the headlines of the pink press. Each week two chapters of the documentary are broadcast, preceded, followed and interrupted by debate on the set with invited collaborators. In the documentary part itself, Rocío appears sitting in front of a projector that reviews moments of her life while she narrates the events that marked her as a person, as a mother and as a woman.
Production Company: La Fábrica de la Tele
Et si on se rencontrait?
Et si on re-contracted? (What if we met?) Is a dating reality show in which several singles who have previously interacted on the internet (sometimes they have been communicating for months and even years) meet for the first time, on a date in a castle. They have the opportunity to check if the two correspond to their profile picture and if they have not lied in certain respects. At the end of this crucial stage, the program invites singles to express their opinions and decide if they want to continue their exchanges, for example, spending a weekend together.
Production Company: Studio 89
Strangers Making Babies
Strangers Making Babies is a four-part reality show that arises as a social experiment, in which a group of prospective single parents look for a platonic partner with whom to have a baby, without the complication of finding love first. In a country where shared parenting is a growing phenomenon and where there are more than 70,000 people registered in co-parenting platforms (designed to find the ideal partner to conceive and raise a child, without a romance involved), this program continues several women in this search for a platonic partner with whom to have a baby. The protagonists are paired with compatible men by a team of experts led by fertility specialist Marie Wren and couples expert Gillian McCallum. As the protagonists meet and spend time together, they decide whether or not to have a child in common.
Channel: Channel 4
Production Company: Naked Television
Kinderen kopen een huis
Kinderen kopen een huis (Children buy a house) is a reality show that starts from a family conflict: parents would like to move, but their children do not want to for different reasons. Therefore, this experiment proposes a role reversal in which parents unleash their offspring. Together with the presenter Leonie ter Braak and a real estate agent, the children go in search of the ideal house, a process in which they can make all the decisions. If they succeed, the children are awarded the bedroom of their dreams. Each installment focuses on another family.
Network: SBS 6
Production Company: Skyhigh TV (Mediawan)
Distribution: Talpa Concepts
This Is My House
This Is My House is a contest with elements of reality, of six installments, which once again joins the trend of “guessing things”, so present on international television during the 2019/20 and 2020 seasons / twenty-one. In this case, four people walk into a house and say, “This is MY house.” However, only one of them tells the truth, although each of the four opponents must try to prove that he is the true owner. Can the truth win? On the show, a team of famous judges watch closely as they try to find out who is the honest owner and who is the imposters.
Network: BBC One
Production Company: Expectation
Distribution: BBC Studios Distribution
Chosoku Shippotori Battle! Mononoke Hunt
Chosoku Shippotori Battle! Mononoke Hunt is Fuji TV’s fitness test contest in which 18 TV celebrities have to chase down a group of athletes dressed as beasts. The objective is to start their tails, which have a different value depending on their color (from 1,000 – about eight euros – to 100,000 yen – about 800 euros -). In the end, the contestant who has collected the most money wins, a sum that will be his.
Network: Fuji TV
Production Company: Fuji TV
Race to the Center of the Earth
Race to the Center of the Earth is a seven-broadcast reality series from award-winning producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri (The Amazing Race) that pits four trios in a continuous race around the world. for a prize of one million dollars (848,954 euros). It is an extreme competition in which each team starts from different corners of the planet -South America, Russia, Canada and Southeast Asia- and crosses all kinds of terrain – cities, jungles, mountains, deserts, oceans, etc.- with the aim of reaching a buoy first where the great reward is found.
Country: United States
Network: National Geographic
Production Company: New Media Collective / Plum Pictures (Hat Trick)