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Manchester indie commissioned for DNA Diners


Salamanda Media, one of the production companies in Channel 4’s Emerging Indie Fund, has been commissioned by the broadcaster to create daytime series DNA Diners.

The game show will involve a celebrity coming to the ‘DNA dining room’ to host a dinner party for four. All will have taken a DNA test and at least one guest will be related to the star – the challenge for a shared cash prize is to work out who.

DNA Diners is a 15 x 30 series and will explore interesting family history stories from the celebrity and the diners present.

Amanda De Freitas of Salamanda Media said: “We’re so excited to be working with Channel 4 on this innovative new DNA guessing game format which promises to reveal genuine surprises and extraordinary family stories!”

Sally Evans of Salamanda Media added: “DNA Diners is a revelatory new way of tapping into the world of family history with a fun and entertaining twist.”

Salamanda was set up during the pandemic by De Freitas and Evans, former ITV and BBC execs, and has has support from Channel 4’s Emerging Indie and Indie Growth Fund.

Jayne Stanger, Commissioning Editor, Daytime & Features for Channel 4, said: “DNA Diners has been commissioned as a really innovative way of approaching the topics of history and culture in daytime on 4. We’re looking forward to hearing the ancestry stories of some of our favourite celebrities and their dining room companions.”

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