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TLC gets original in Poland, Russia

Discovery Networks has commissioned a raft of new original series for its female-skewing lifestyle channel TLC in Poland and Russia.

A Polish version of Don’t Tell The Bride aired on TLC previously boosting the channel’s audience by 51% in the time slot. Senior VP head of channels and programming for Discovery Networks CEEMEA Paul Welling previously told C21 more local commissions were a priority for the channels he oversees.

Now, Discovery has commissioned three new series fronted by popular Polish celebrities to premiere in the autumn.

Renegade format Mad About the House is being made into a 10×60’ Polish series produced by Toro Media and hosted by local pop singer Katarzyna Klich.

BBC2’s successful Bake Off competition format has been turned into The Great Polish Bake Off, hosted by Piotr Gasowski and socialite Marta Grycan, produced by Endemol Poland.

Endemol is also working on Masters of Make-up (40×30’) with blogger Hanna Knopinska-Grzenkowicz.

In Russia, TLC has commissioned a studio-based cooking series called Ready in Half an Hour (20×30’) from Jet Films and has greenlit a second season of Daughters v Mothers from Bekker Media. The first season of the latter was the first ever Discovery show produced in Russia and premiered at the launch of TLC in the territory in 2011.


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