Sky1 Poaches ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ From BBC

Don't Tell The Bride (FT)

The BBC is losing another one of its well known programs as a result of the recently approved plans to move BBC Three online. Sky1 has swooped in, poaching hit format Don’t Tell The Bride in a deal with the Warner Bros. owned indie Renegade Pictures, TVWise has learned.

Don’t Tell The Bride began its life on BBC Three in 2007 and follows a young couple who are given a fixed budget to spend on their wedding – but it’s the groom who gets full control. Since launching, eight seasons of the Renegade Pictures produced series have aired on the youth-skewing channel. The BBC did attempt to retain the format by re-tooling it for BBC One earlier this year, however, the indie felt there were better off taking it to Sky.

“Charting wedding dramas for nigh on a decade, Don’t Tell the Bride is best in class family-friendly entertainment and a British TV institution to boot! Many of our customers are already huge fans of the show so we’re delighted to be giving the brand-new series a home on Sky1″, said Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky1.

Sky1 landed Don’t Tell The Bride with a two-season/24 episode commitment and along with the broadcaster swap there will be some tweaks made to the format, though the creative team will remain the same. Little has been confirmed about said changes, other than the format will be made “pacier” for its Sky debut. Casting for the new season(s) is underway. DRG retains international distribution rights.

“We’re thrilled Sky1 will be the new home of Don’t Tell the Bride”, added Renegade Pictures’ Sarah May, who serves as an executive producer on the series. “I’ve been part of this show since the very first episode, and it’s the dreams and expectations of the young couple brave enough to take on the Don’t Tell the Bride challenge that really makes this series what it is, and will continue to be the foundation of the show as it moves to Sky.”

  • Victor Ancel Field

    It looks to me like Sky didn’t “poach” anything here.