Pay channel Sky1 has commissioned the series from Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine Group it announced at MIPTV
The family show, where 20 children aged nine to 13 go word to word in the ultimate spelling showdown, will air as an eight part series in the UK later this year.
The Great Australian Spelling Bee premiered on Network Ten last year over 12 episodes, hosted by Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan, averaging 680,000 capital city viewers an episode with 901,000 tuning in for the grand finale. Ten has commissioned a second series, which is in production and will air later this year.
Celia Taylor, head of non-scripted commissions for Sky said: “We’re a nation of talent show lovers and Sky 1’s Spelling Star is like no other out there. It has children at its heart, and with children comes touching innocence and loveable honesty that will make viewers laugh and cry during every episode.”
James Fox, managing director of Remarkable Television said: “Spelling Star brilliantly combines the drama and emotion of a knockout competition with simple and irresistible games that anyone can play. We’re thrilled to be working with Sky 1 to bring this extraordinary new show to the UK.”
Created by Endemol Shine Australia, the format has been among Endemol Shine Group’s highlights in Cannes where the format made its international launch last year at MIPCOM.
Richard Ackerman is the commissioning editor for Sky and the executive producers are James Fox and Richard Hague at Remarkable Television.