The hit show Come Dine With Me South Africa to return for a second series

Date: 04.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.05
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Channels continues to deliver high quality original productions for its international audience

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BBC Worldwide Channels today announced that is has commissioned a second series of ratings hit and critically acclaimed ITV Studios format Come Dine With Me South Africa as part of its ongoing commitment to provide high quality original productions for its international audience.

The search for South Africa’s ultimate dinner party host will be produced locally once again by Rapid Blue and return to BBC Entertainment for an extended run in South Africa later this year. The series will also air on BBC Worldwide Channels networks across the Middle East, the Nordics and Poland.

Applications to become a contestant on the show are now open to SA residents and information on how to apply can be found at or by emailing Applications close at the end of the month. Shooting for the 12-part series will take place in three different locations in South Africa: Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Come Dine With Me South Africa was the first local commission for BBC Worldwide Channels in the EMEA region and made its debut on BBC Entertainment in South Africa in October 2011. The series proved to be a phenomenal ratings and critical success attracting over 100,000 viewers per premiere episode and reaching more than 2.5 million DStv viewers overall[1]. Over the course of the first series BBC Entertainment was the number one international channel for DStv viewers during its 21:00 – 22:00 time slot.

Come Dine With Me South Africa follows four strangers as they visit one another’s homes for dinner and attempt to outwit and impress fellow guests with their culinary and hospitality skills in a bid to win a cash prize and Pick n Pay vouchers. The first series concluded with a celebrity special featuring M-Net presenter Ashley Hayden, SuperSport’s Neil Andrews, 97.4 Highveld Stereo’ Samantha Cowen and model Shasi Naidoo. The second series will be Exec-Produced by Tracy Forsyth, VP Commissioning, BBC Worldwide Channels. Come Dine With Me is an ITV Studios format. Distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, it is one of the world’s most successful television formats, produced in 36 territories internationally including Germany, France and Australia.

Ian McDonough, SVP and General Manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels said: “I was delighted to see the fantastic reaction from audiences to Come Dine With Me South Africa, our first ever local production for EMEA. The first series brought an entertaining and electric mix of characters from all social and cultural backgrounds into our viewers’ living rooms and generated conversations at home, in the office and online across the region so I can’t wait to hear what they think of the next batch of contestants. Creating local versions of hugely successful British formats and investing in original commissions is part of our ongoing commitment to our audiences in the region.”

Jon Farrar, VP Programming EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels commented, “I am thrilled to be able to bring another series of Come Dine With Me South Africa to BBC Entertainment. We at BBC Worldwide are committed to commissioning shows that resonate with our local audience, and I look forward to working with the very talented team at Rapid Blue to make more moments of compelling, jaw dropping TV. I’m really proud of the show and the huge impact if has made, and cannot wait to watch another 12 lively episodes on the channel later in the year.”

Tobias de Graaff, Director Global Television Distribution, ITV Studios Global Entertainment said: “Come Dine With Me is a huge hit which is now produced in 36 territories internationally and continues to resonate with new audiences around the world. I am thrilled to continue celebrating the local food, flair and figures of Come Dine With Me South Africa with the teams at BBC Worldwide and Rapid Blue and look forward to the next spectacular series.”

The agreement was brokered by Andre Renaud, Senior Sales Executive, Italy, Benelux and Africa for ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Katie Benbow for BBC Worldwide Channels. 

Proudly sponsored for a second time by Pick n Pay and in association with Defy Appliances, Come Dine With Me South Africa is a further example of BBC Worldwide’s ongoing commitment to commissioning original programming, targeting both local markets and a global audience from a roster of respected production houses such as BBC Bristol, Lonely Planet TV, and Freehand.

Recent original commissions include Dripping in Chocolate (1x90) for Australia, Year of Adventures (5x50), which stars Ben Fogle for BBC Knowledge internationally and is based on the Lonely Planet book of the same name, and This is Sport Relief in which Stephen Fry introduces the history and context to the British TV fundraising event to the global audience. CBeebies viewers around the World can also look forward to Andy’s Wild Adventures (40x15) an exciting and innovative new commission made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit. 



[1] Combined with repeats aired on BBC Lifestyle