The BBC hopes that its next reality TV effort will be even more successful than The Traitors.
After Claudia Winkleman’s game of bluff, treachery, and deception took the country by storm, the broadcaster is looking to dominate water-cooler conversation with another weekly blockbuster.
They’re hoping Belgian adventure programme Destination X will hit the right notes, as the BBC collaborates with NBC on the £20 million series where ‘fantasy meets reality’.
Seda Irtizaali, executive producer of The Traitors, created the show, which follows ten candidates as they travel throughout Europe in a bus with blacked-out windows.
They must try to figure out where they are on the continent, despite the producers’ best efforts to deceive them by distorting facts.
Every episode, the participant who plans their cross the furthest from the real spot on a map is eliminated.
It implies that, like banishments and murders, each episode must be seen in order to prevent spoilers, with The Traitors’ finale drawing a peak of seven million people.
Kate Phillips, the BBC’s head of unscripted content, hailed Destination X as an original, witty, and engaging show with ‘countless red herrings’ and hints that allow viewers to 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.
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 many broadcasters are moving forward with streaming services, Netflix’s $5 billion contract with WWE demonstrates the value of live TV even as the environment changes.
‘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.’