RTE's hit show ready to Takeover the UK but Norah's being replaced
Irish TV show The Takeover has been commissioned for a UK version by Channel 4.
However, presenter Norah Casey is being replaced by her counterpart on Dragons’ Den in Britain, Hilary Devey.
The series will see company bosses hand over the reins of their business to the workforce in an attempt to revive the company’s fortunes.
“We’re absolutely delighted that the show has been commissioned,” Eoin Kavanagh of Victory Pictures told the Herald.
“Channel 4 have made a pilot already and they’re making a four-part series which we’ll consult on.
“Sony are involved in the worldwide deal and the UK version will be the first to go to air,” he added.
The Takeover first aired in 2012 and was the first ever pilot from RTE’s Format Farm.
“I feel the show really resonated with Irish audiences because they could relate to the boss/worker
conflict,” Eoin said.
“I’m interested to see how UK audiences will react.”
Eoin has watched the pilot and said Hilary is “a force to be reckoned with”.
“I love her hair, her shoulder pads, she’s brilliant,” he added.
Eoin previously produced shows such as TV3’s Style Wars and One Night Stand with Jennifer Maguire.
“It’s such an achievement to get a show on TV in the UK that we view that in a victory of itself,” he said.
“It’s so rare for an Irish format to crack the UK, you can sell formats in various territories but because the UK produces so much TV – it’s a lot harder there.” It is believed that it will air this spring.