Actress and comedienne Dawn French is to host Little Big Shots, for ITV.
“Dawn’s hugely infectious humour, warmth and affability make her the perfect host for Little Big Shots. Add to the mix these incredibly talented and entertaining kids and you have some potentially great TV.” – Peter Davey, Head of Comedy Entertainment, ITV
Based on an original stateside series, Little Big Shots shines the spotlight on some of the world’s most talented children. With no prizes at stake, no winners or losers and no competition, this programme is simply a showcase for three to thirteen year olds to take to the stage and show that you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a star performer.
The centrepiece of the programme is an enormous revolving stage. On one side is a sofa for Dawn and the pint size prodigies to get to know each other; and on the other is the all important performance space which is as versatile as the variety of talent on offer.
Each show will unveil aspiring young acts from the UK and around the world, with talents that range from black belt karate champions to classical music masters and miniature chefs. There are tiny dancers, young soul sensations, audacious skateboarders and spelling bee specialists who are only just out of nursery.
Brimming with charm, fun, enthusiasm and with skills that would put plenty of adults in the shade, the Little Big Shots may be small in stature but are guaranteed to be a tornado of talent. Dawn is best known for her role as Geraldine Granger in BBC One sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, which can be seen regularly in re-runs on UKTV’s Gold channel as well as her long-running comedy partnership with Jennifer Saunders on shows such as The Tube (Channel 4), Comic Relief (BBC One) and their own sketch series French and Saunders.
“Rarely have I relished the thought of doing a show as much as this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about it, especially the fact that I will get to witness the amazing talents of these remarkable little humans up close. It’s going to be a privilege. Yay! Bring it on!” – Dawn French