Lifetime® and Thumbs Up Productions Recommission Hit Show
Abbey Clancy with Paul Sculfor, Hilary Alexander OBE and Nicky Johnston return as judges
A+E Networks® UK announces the return of Britain’s Next Top Model on Lifetime following the huge success of the refreshed format on the channel last series.
The new ten-part series will again be produced by Thumbs Up Productions, which licenses the format from CBS Studios International. The eleventh cycle of the global hit fashion franchise went into pre-production earlier this summer.
The previous series of Britain’s Next Top Model, which launched exclusively on Lifetime in January 2016, drew in over half a million consolidated unique viewers each week, and attracted a young, upmarket female audience, with two thirds of viewers being ABC1 with an average age of 35 years. Britain’s Next Top Model ranked #3 in timeslot among PAYTV channels with women aged 16-54.
Koulla Anastasi, Director of Programming for Lifetime at A+E Networks UK, said: “Lifetime has proved to be the perfect home for Britain’s Next Top Model (BNTM) after our debut series achieved record ratings. The show’s winning blend of fashion, glamour and entertainment made it unmissable viewing for our audience. Alongside top rating acquisitions such as Project Runway, BNTM has established Lifetime as the go-to destination for fashion reality.”
Model, presenter and previous Britain’s Next Top Model contestant Abbey Clancy and Britain’s first male supermodel Paul Sculfor return to the series as head judges, supported once again, by fashion director and style guru Hilary Alexander OBE and celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston. Abbey Clancy shot to fame after she appeared in Britain’s Next Top Model in 2006 and is well placed to offer the aspiring models unique tips from her experience.
Britain’s Next Top Model judge, Abbey Clancy, said: “I’m really excited about the new series of Britain’s Next Top Model. The auditions are already underway but, unlike last series, viewers will watch as we pick the final girls in episode one. There’s going to be more drama and excitement as Paul, Hilary, Nicky and I help realise the dreams of the UK’s most beautiful girls, whilst having a lot of fun on the way!”
The new series of the Lifetime show will also bring some of the fashion world’s biggest names to the screen, whilst focusing on the aspiring models’ personal stories as they attempt to transform themselves from ‘girls next door’ to fashion icons.
The 10x60’ series of Britain’s Next Top Model has already gone into pre-production, with filming taking place across the UK and abroad. The executive producers are Marty Redman and Cheryl Price for Thumbs Up Productions and Diana Carter for Lifetime/A+E Networks UK.
Marty Redman, executive producer at Thumbs Up, said: “Britain’s Next Top Model has proved to not only have a huge and loyal fan-base but also the ability to attract new audiences who are equally passionate about the show. We can’t wait to work with our four judges to find the UK’s next modelling superstar!”