Thursday, April 25, 2013

Come Dine with Me South Africa on BBC Entertainment on DStv renewed for a 3rd season now visiting Port Elizabeth as well.

Yesterday I got word that there will be a third season of Come Dine with Me South Africa with sources which told me that a contract has been signed for a third series of the ITV Studios format show with a South African flavour - now today comes the official announcement that it is indeed the case.

Rapid Blue will once again be producing (which interestingly last month send me an invite to what I assume is/was the South African production company's 20th anniversary or birthday, just to get no answer after I asked are they aware that I'm based in Cape Town.)

Anyway, a third season of Come Dine with Me South Africa has now been commissioned in a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for BBC Worldwide and will be broadcast on BBC Entertainment (DStv 120) on MultiChoice's DStv platform from September.

The deal for the third series was brokered by Andre Renaud, the senior sales executive, EMEA South & East for ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Sabrina McNally, acquisitions manager for BBC Worldwide.

Come Dine with Me South Africa will now also include a visit to Port Elizabeth as well as the usual South African cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. South Africans who want to host a dinner party and want to be judged by attendees and in turn attend their with an overall score deciding a winner, can apply until 22 May.

Tracy Forsyth, the vice president for commissioning for BBC Worldwide will be the executive producer for BBC Worldwide. "Filmed in Port Elizabeth for the first time, alongside Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, we hope to make moments of compelling, unmissable television," says Tracy Forsyth.

"I can't wait to see what the next series brings," says Ian McDonough, the executive vice-president for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for BBC Worldwide in a statement announcing the new season.

"Come Dine with Me is a format that has become a returning staple of broadcasters' schedules, with versions now produced in 36 international territories," says Jennifer Ebell, the vice president SE EMEA at ITV Studios Global Entertainment in the statement.