ITV have announced two new entertainment formats which are expected to air early 2017.
Award winning actress and comedienne Dawn French is to host Little Big Shots, a brand new series based on the hit US format.
The series shines the spotlight on some of the world’s most talented children. With no prizes at stake, no winners or losers and no competition, this programme is simply a showcase for three to thirteen year olds to take to the stage and show that you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a star performer.
Dawn said: “Rarely have I relished the thought of doing a show as much as this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about it, especially the fact that I will get to witness the amazing talents of these remarkable little humans up close. It’s going to be a privilege. Yay! Bring it on!”
The centrepiece of the programme is an enormous revolving stage. On one side is a sofa for Dawn and the pint size prodigies to get to know each other; and on the other is the all important performance space which is as versatile as the variety of talent on offer.
Each show will unveil aspiring young acts from the UK and around the world, with talents that range from black belt karate champions to classical music masters and miniature chefs. There are tiny dancers, young soul sensations, audacious skateboarders and spelling bee specialists who are only just out of nursery.
Brimming with charm, fun, enthusiasm and with skills that would put plenty of adults in the shade, the Little Big Shots may be small in stature but are guaranteed to be a tornado of talent.
The US version of the series was the most watched new series of the US 2015-16 season, debuting at 11.9 million viewers. It was NBC’s most watched series of 2016, and was the number one unscripted series premiere in over 4 years on broadcast television.
The channel also plans to bring back Harry Hill with the announcement of Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule The panel show that sees Harry Hill presiding over two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion! Each team must find clips, people, basically anything that is fun or funny enough for Harry to place in a capsule which, in the event that we’re invaded by aliens, we can present to them to demonstrate earthlings are good fun and therefore worthy of saving.
Over a series of rounds, the two teams of two present Harry with fun stuff which Harry must adjudicate on and ultimately decide what’s in and what’s out of the Fun Capsule with the triumphant team winning bragging rights.
Along the way there will be sketches, studio items and special guests. And the occasional appearance of an alien.
Both formats are expected in 2017.