Reel One Entertainment is developing a UK adaptation of the award-winning Belgian series Tytgat Chocolat (aka Team Chocolate) after securing the format rights from European distribution company Wild Bunch TV.
The Belgian series tells the story of Jasper Vloemans (Jelle Palmaerts), as he starts his first job in a family-run chocolate factory. He soon falls in love with one of his colleagues: Tina, a girl from Kosovo. But when Tina is suddenly deported to her home country, Jasper and his friends set out on a road trip to find her.
Reel One is working closely with London based theatre company Chickenshed, a pioneering and inclusive theatre company, for the adaptation. Founded in 1974, the theatre company has achieved widespread acclaim for its work with young actors of all backgrounds and abilities and for staging outstanding productions that celebrate diversity and inspire positive change.
The original Tytgat Chocolat was born from a unique collaboration between leading Belgian production company De Mensen – the producers behind such acclaimed dramas as Salamander, Hotel Beau Sejour and upcoming Netflix original Undercover – and Theater Stap, a Flanders-based theatre company that works with disabled actors. Actors from the company play many of the lead roles in the show.
Reel One is replicating that model through the partnership with Chickenshed. The indie plans to begin pitching UK broadcasters over the coming weeks and is currently in discussions to attach a UK writer. “Right from the first episode, we were captivated by the warmth, humour and honesty of this charming story of a group of young people wanting to lead their lives on their own terms”, said Adam Fratto, Head of Series at Reel One. “We’re thrilled to be working with De Mensen, Wild Bunch and Chickenshed on what promises to be a unique and timely series.”