Foxtel has picked up the format rights to Belgian hidden-camera comedy Benidorm Bastards, where senior citizens prank much younger members of the public.
Not to be confused with the UK scripted comedy Benidorm, the 8 episode series will screen on the Comedy Channel early next year. You can see some amusing clips of the original on YouTube.
Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television at Foxtel said today, “Foxtel is delighted to have secured the format rights to Off Their Rockers from our friends at Granada Media Australia and Seven One International. The Australian version will have all the spark and spontaneity of the original, with a distinctly ‘Aussie’ feel. The great thing about this format is that it is truly universal. We all love a laugh and our local ‘senior citizens’ are as playful at this art form as their European counterparts.”
Yan He, Regional Sales Director SevenOne International, added: “After the US and the UK, this is the third sale to an English-speaking broadcaster. No doubt, Off Their Rockers is one of the hottest comedy shows at the moment and we are absolutely thrilled to join forces with Foxtel and Granada.”
In April NBC announced it would be creating an American adaptation starring Betty White.