Reality TV show The Masked Singer will return for a second series after becoming a surprise hit.
ITV have secured a deal with Scots production company Bandicoot to bring the reality show, which had its first series finale last night, back to screens next year.
The show, which sees six celebrities perform in masks and costume while a panel tries to work out who they are, has pulled in up to seven million Saturday night viewers. It’s so popular the BBC were forced to shift show The Greatest Dancer to an earlier slot to compete.
The Masked Singer is also outperforming established shows such as The Voice and Doctor Who. The show was brought to UK screens by Ayr man Derek McLean, 47, the son of former football manager Willie McLean. Derek, who runs Bandicoot, said: “We are proud of being a Glasgow company with a Saturday night primetime TV show. We are already working out what characters we could do next year.”
Derek moved to LA four years ago and founded Bandicoot in 2017 with business partner Dan Nettleton. While in LA, he became aware of Korean TV show King of Mask Singer and worked to snap up the UK rights.
Contestants unmasked so far included presenter Denise Van Outen, football legend Teddy Sheringham, 53, and soap actress Patsy Palmer, 47.