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ITV reboots Undercover Boss

Undercover Big Boss is produced by Studio Lambert

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is rebooting classic Studio Lambert format Undercover Boss.

A four-part series titled Undercover Big Boss has been commissioned featuring bosses at removals firm Pickfords, car dealership Bristol Street Motors, residential park and holiday home operator Wyldecrest Parks, and takeaway firm Euro Foods Group, who will join workers on the bottom rung of the ladder as the businesses attempt to recover from three separate Covid-19 lockdowns.

The format originated in the UK on commercially funded public broadcaster Channel 4 where it aired for six seasons from 2009 to 2014. It subsequently spawned a US remake on CBS which has aired 10 seasons so far.

Undercover Big Boss was commissioned for ITV by factual commissioner Kate Teckman and head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy.

For Studio Lambert, series editor is Richard Mears and executive producers are Rachel Bloomfield and Mike Cotton.

Teckman said: “As we come out of the pandemic, it’s clear that there’s never been a bigger gap between the multimillionaire bosses and their workers, so this is the perfect time to bring viewers an all-new Undercover Big Boss as we see how they will fare swapping their corporate dinners for packed lunches and what changes they will make for their workers.”

Studio Lambert’s deputy creative director Mike Cotton said: ‘’There’s never been a more relevant time to bring Undercover Boss back. It’s a fascinating snapshot of modern working Britain and we’re very grateful to the bosses who were brave enough to don a disguise and embark on this journey amidst the chaos of a pandemic.’’

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