NBC has eyes on ‘Surprise’

Peacock peeks at ITV revival

NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America.

“Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be on sale at next month’s MipTV confab.

During its heyday, “Surprise” ran from 1984-97 in Britain with Cilla Black as its host. The show offered surprises of all kinds to members of the public, from pranks to the fulfillment of long-lost wishes.

More TV

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America. “Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be […]

  • Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

    'Game of Thrones' Stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Married in Scotland

    NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America. “Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be […]

  • Seth Rogen Says He Rejected Paul

    Seth Rogen Says He Rejected Paul Ryan's Request for a Photo

    NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America. “Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be […]

  • ROSEANNE - "Netflix & Pill" -

    'Roseanne': What's Next for ABC's Spinoff

    NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America. “Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be […]

  • ROSEANNE - "Netflix & Pill" -

    The 'Roseanne' Spinoff Can't Escape Roseanne (Column)

    NBC has optioned the rights to “Surprise, Surprise,” a reboot of an unscripted British format, from ITV Studios America. “Surprise” was last broadcast in Blighty 10 years ago, but was revived with success in China last year, and ITV has plans to present the show in the U.K. this fall. The format will also be […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content