On Feb. 2, the UK network ITV premiered a new reality game show called Small Fortune, which has contestants competing in miniaturized challenges.
It appears to be the next UK format to make its way across the Atlantic to attract attention in Hollywood, where I’ve heard (exclusive!) that NBC has ordered a version of the show directly to series.
The game show, hosted by X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, premiered before The Voice last Saturday. It takes place on a set that resembles Who Wants to be a Millionaire or something similar, but the twist is that the challenges are super tiny, played on miniaturized sets.
Here’s how ITV described it:
“Dermot O’Leary hosts brand-new prime time series Small Fortune, the world’s smallest gameshow, where teams of friends or family members take on tiny games to win big money.
Each game is set in a perfectly miniaturised world, from a shrunk down Stonehenge to a pint-sized Rovers Return. The games are designed so anyone could do them but they’re so small there’s no room for error. If players can hold their nerve and avoid the slightest mistake they could bank up to £150,000, but fail and it could be all over.”
Teams of three players compete in increasingly tiny challenges. Watch the final challenge from the season premiere to get an idea of how it works:
Small Fortune‘s production company, Youngest Media, also produces Game of Clones, which MTV just announced would be coming to the U.S.—though in a celebrity version on which “reality stars are given the opportunity to date seven clones of their celebrity crush,” according to MTV.
In other words, it’s possible the format and game may change significantly. But this is a show I’m excited to see.