French chat show format ‘The A Talks’ snapped up by Sweden’s SVT (C21media)
March 15, 2024

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has commissioned The A Talks, a local language version of French chat show format Les Rencontres du Papotin.

The six-part series will be produced by Fremantle company Baluba, with filmmaker Ina Holmqvist as showrunner.

Scheduled to launch this autumn, it will feature Swedish celebrities being questioned by a group of interviewers with autism spectrum disorder.

It marks the fifth foreign version of the format, which was originally created by Quad+TEN and Kiosco TV for France TV.

The UK adaptation, The Assembly, featuring actor Michael Sheen as the first guest, will premiere on BBC One next month.

The format has also screened in Denmark on DR1, in Poland on TVN, and in Spain on Telecinco. It is distributed by London- and Paris-based sales house Can’t Stop Media.

Tobias Björling, commissioning editor, SVT, said: “We’re thrilled to have this heart-warming series in production and are confident it will be well received by our viewers.

Lotta Hellman, head of production, Baluba, said: “We are thrilled to be able to produce this unique and soulful format for the Swedish audience. It feels meaningful and hopeful in otherwise dark time.

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