BBC Studios is to produce a local version of UK game show The 1% Club for the Seven Network in Australia.

The show will be hosted by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, creator and star of the FX sitcom Legit, Comedy Central’s The Jim Jefferies Show and various Netflix specials.

The 1% Club is a format created by Magnum Media and distributed internationally by BBC Studios  and will be produced for the Seven Network by BBC Studios Australian production arm.  The show launched in the UK on ITV earlier this year in a primetime Saturday night slot where it is hosted by comedian Lee Mack,  and has already been commissioned for a second  series.  The format has also been licenced to France Televisions in France, Kan in Israel, RTL in the Netherlands, Atresmedia in Spain and SevenOne Entertainment Group in Germany.

Jim Jefferies said: “To say I’m excited to host The 1% Club for Seven is an understatement! I’ve always loved game shows and this one is brilliant, I can’t wait to get started.”

Kylie Washington, General Manager and Creative Director, Production, BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re delighted that Jim will host the show, his brand of wit will ensure this unique quiz show is fast, fun and hilarious.  And because it doesn’t rely on general knowledge it can be played by all ages and backgrounds as contestants find out just how clever they are compared to the rest of the country.”

Seven Network Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Angus Ross, said: “The 1% Club has been an out-of-the-box success in the UK and we are excited to be working with BBC Studios on the Australian version. It is a fresh, engaging and highly entertaining show and Jim is the perfect choice to host it. We know all of Australia will want to join The 1% Club.”

BBC Studios’ local commissions in Australia that have already gone to air this year include The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel (a local adaptation of the Love Productions format), with production currently underway for the next series which will feature a new line-up of hosts and judges;  the first locally created original format Space 22 for ABC (internationally known as Art on the Brain);  as well as new series of Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind for SBS and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars co-produced with Warner Bros International Television Australia, for the Seven Network.

Jon Creamer

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