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Drop Zone (BBC1)
« on: April 30, 2009, 10:14:24 AM »
Sounds interesting!

BBC1 orders 'PSB take' on The Amazing Race format
Published: 29 April 2009 17:04 Author: Katherine Rushton

BBC1 has ordered an adventure format from the executive producer of Last Man Standing that will 'abandon' losing contestants in far-flung locations around the world.
Each week, the 6 x 60-minute Drop Zone will helicopter contestants into a different location, ranging from easily recognisable cities to deep jungle.

Armed with little information about their surroundings, the participants, in teams of three, will complete challenges "inspired by the culture and environment they are in" before meeting the helicopter at a specified location.

The last team to make it to the pick-up will see the helicopter taking off and leaving them behind.

The in-house series will start in Scotland with eight teams, and whittle them down to a winner when it finishes in Vietnam.

Gary Hunter (Last Man Standing, Chicken) will executive produce, with Andrea Heritage as series producer.

The show is expected to launch in early 2010 but may be pulled forward to this year. It was ordered by BBC1 controller Jay Hunt and Nick Shearman, who has just become Knowledge commissioning executive producer for Wales. It is now being overseen by Jo Ball, commissioning editor, factual features and formats.

"Drop Zone has scale and ambition and combines the entertainment values of The Amazing Race with public service information about the places contestants will be visiting," said Shearman.

Author: Katherine Rushton.
"I can't speak for production, but I really like that people see us when we're traveling around the world. If you're a fan of the show, ... you're going to be more excited because you want to see what happens."Phil Keoghan

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Re: Drop Zone (BBC1)
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 05:10:56 PM »
Interesting take on the TAR theme, so I'll give them a pass because it's a BBC production.  The part about "public service information about the places the contestants visit" hints to the first TAR season, something which BVM has forgotten in later seasons, IMHO. 

After all, how bad could it be, given the BBC can take a techie subject such as cars and turn it into a very entertaining show called "Top Gear".  :tup: