The smash-hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has been re-born in Australia as Dancing With The Stars following a co-production deal between BBC Worldwide and Granada Productions.
Renowned Australian television personality Daryl Somers will host the variety show on free-to-air network Channel Seven, in which eight celebrities will be paired up with leading professional dancers to train and then compete in a live television knockout ballroom dancing competition.
Confirmed talent includes former politician Pauline Hanson, athletics champion Matt Shirvington and former Home and Away star Justin Melvey.
"It's a top concept with a number of strong ideas within it and above all it's crushingly simple and plain old good fun," said Tim Worner, Director of Programming & Production at the Seven Network.
Dancing With The Stars is due to premier in October.
Another format success for BBC Worldwide in Australasia, is the local version of A Question Of Sport, which returns for a new series.
In an extension to the original 13-episode deal between BBC Worldwide and Crackerjack, the hit sports quiz will now be broadcast on global sports network ESPN in New Zealand, as well as in Australia.
"These agreements demonstrate our long-term strategy for widening the perception of the BBC brand, and strengthening our reputation for quality entertainment through format sales," said Colin Jarvis, BBC Worldwide's Director of Programming and Operations.
BBC Worldwide is a market leader in providing TV formats. Hit shows such as Great Britons, The Weakest Link, What Not to Wear, Top of the Pops and Top Gear have been re-versioned in dozens of territories around the world. Other recent format deals include the creation of Hindi versions of Keeping Up Appearances and Yes, Minister in India.
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