Joel Dommett is named as host of returning show Survivor… as BBC confirm it will revive the popular format 21 YEARS after it aired in the UK
Joel Dommett has been confirmed as host of popular reality show Survivor ahead of its new UK launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
The comedian has been named as host after presenting hit ITV series The Masked Singer and the prestigious National Television Awards in 2021, during which he brought his own style to one of the most important nights in the television calendar.
Announcing his new role, he said: ‘I’m the new host of the UK‘s Survivor! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!
‘A huge thank you to the BBC for trusting me with this. It’s such a hugely popular format all over the world and I’m super excited to help bring it to our sweet little country. Let the tribal councils BEGIN!’
Survivor is being rebooted by production company Remarkable Entertainment and will once again find people from all walks of life stranded on a remote tropical island, where they engage in a series of strategic and social games in order to win.
New role: Joel Dommett has been confirmed as host of popular reality show Survivor ahead of its new UK launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer
Old times: A reboot of the show, which has been syndicated across 50 different countries, has been mooted since 2017, some 15-years after the UK version (pictured) was cancelled
The contestants will be required to form their own tribal societies, catch their own food, build their own shelter and compete against each other in epic challenges for reward or immunity.
Those who win immunity are safe from being voted out of the game at the Tribal Council, during which each tribe must vote out one of their own until the Sole Survivor emerges and wins a life-changing £100,000 cash prize.
While an air date is yet to be confirmed, applications to take part in the new UK series are now open and close on March 6.
Natalka Znak, CEO of Remarkable Entertainment, Initial and Znak TV, said: ‘Not only is Survivor one of the biggest shows on TV, we are thrilled to have one of the biggest talents on TV host it.
‘Joel’s infectious wit and energy are second to none – I can’t wait to watch as he leads our Survivor contestants through their epic battle!’
Classic TV: The British version of Survivor (pictured) ran from 2001 to 2002 before ending
Gruelling: The contestants will be required to form their own tribal societies, catch their own food, build their own shelter and compete against each other in epic challenges
Success: Dommett has become a household name thanks to his presenting role on ITV show The Masked Singer
Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment for the BBC, added: ‘Having Joel on board is brilliant!
‘With his natural comedic charm we are thrilled that he is going to be on hand guiding, encouraging and challenging our contestants as they all try to be the sole survivor!’
A reboot of the show, which has been syndicated across 50 different countries, has been mooted since 2017, some 15-years after the UK version was cancelled. The British series ran from 2001 to 2002 before going off-air.
The show first aired in Sweden in 1997 and has since been ranked as the Number 1 Best Reality Show of All Time by Variety, with 360 series’ commissioned globally to date.
In 2022, the US 43rd season was the No.1 unscripted show in fall on CBS and the No.1 unscripted show on Wednesday nights with 6.7m viewers on average