Australian network Nine Network has ordered a local version of Gordon Ramsay’s Stars of Gastronomy and a two-part dramatic event series based on the late cricket maverick Shane Warne. Both shows premiered at Nine’s Upfront today.
Gordon Ramsay’s Stars of Gastronomy is the latest adaptation of the celebrity chef and features Ramsay’s cooking competition format, which All3Media International sells worldwide, following the original Fox broadcast and the UK remake on the BBC. Endemol Shine Australia and Studio Ramsay put on the show, in which Ramsay and business mogul Janine Allis will mentor and guide two competing teams, with each contestant vying for the investment and implementation of their food business idea.
In the US, Fox ordered a second season of the format in May, while the BBC Future stars of gastronomy broadcast between the end of March and May. The Australian version debuts next year.
Warnie, meanwhile, is also from Screentime, owned by Banijay, in association with VicScreen, and is a tribute to spin bowling great Warne, whose antics on and off the cricket pitch have become legendary in sports and entertainment circles. . He died in March while on holiday in Thailand of a suspected heart attack, uniting Australians in grief. He had a state funeral, which aired on public network ABC.
Nine’s two-night show is billed as “the fitting tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time, the Aussie larrikin who lived and loved so much in the Nine Network’s must-watch dramatic event of 2023. “. Banijay Rights will handle international distribution.
Also on the new Nine slate is The topan unscripted show from Endemol Shine Australia that is heading to the screen after receiving investment from Banijay’s Creative Fund, a financial resource available to boost ideas from the band’s labels.
The synopsis reads: “In the rugged Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, a group of strangers will embark on an epic quest never before seen. With their backpacks containing an equal share of A$1 million, the group must reach the top of a distant mountain in just 14 days to earn the cash they are carrying.
There is also Human error, a drama from Roadshow Rough Diamond, which received production investment from Screen Australia in association with Nine and financial support from VicScreen. It comes from the creative talents behind influential Australian dramas Belly, bump, offspring and love my way, and is produced by John Edwards, Dan Edwards, Greg Haddrick and Samantha Winston, with The Age journalist and podcaster John Sylvester (Underbelly) as a history consultant. Cast International distribution will be handled by ITV Studios.
The drama follows Detective Holly O’Rourke and her homicide squad as a seemingly open and closed murder investigation threatens to destroy her career, her family and her faith in justice.