Netflix Announces New Unscripted Originals for Late 2018

Netflix at the Edinburgh TV Festival unveiled four new unscripted original series and one original special slated to debut later this year.

Brandon Riegg, VP of unscripted originals and acquisitions for Netflix, made the announcement.

New series “The Final Table,” which will launch later this year, is global culinary competition show featuring the world’s most renowned chefs fighting for a spot at the elite Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the world. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the United States, India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and that country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of the competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table amongst the world’s best, joining the nine celebrity legendary culinary icons. These are Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning writer and editor at large, Bon Appétit.

New series “Death by Magic,” which will launch later this year, follows British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, who is on a mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. He travels the world to track down where the fatal performances took place and to work out exactly what went wrong, sharing his magic with the people he meets along the way. His aim is to pay homage to the craft by creating his own updated versions of the stunts that cost these magicians their lives, from being buried alive under tons of wet concrete, to playing a game of Russian roulette, to escaping from a collision with a speeding steam train, according to the Netflix release.

New series “Sunderland Till I Die,” coming Dec. 14, which chronicles the unfailing passion of the United Kingdom’s Northern town Sunderland. As its main industries of shipbuilding and mining have fallen by the wayside, SAFC (Sunderland Association Football Club) has become ever more important as the lifeblood of this unique city in England. The series will take its audience through the highs and lows of SAFC’s first season in the Championship following its painful previous year.

New series “Flinch,” due later this year, is an action comedy game show with one simple rule: Do not flinch. The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where contestants gather to test their nerve. If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games. The series is hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith and Seann Walsh.

In the new special “Derren Brown: Sacrifice,” coming later this year, psychological illusionist Derren Brown returns, attempting to radically transform, through the use of covert psychological techniques, one man’s prejudices. Spanning two continents and drawing on the expertise of actors, stunt coordinators and ballistic experts, Brown creates a scenario in which his subject has to decide whether or not to make the ultimate sacrifice: laying down his life for a complete stranger he wouldn’t normally identify with.

The audience were also shown an in-room clip of the new docu-series of the 2018 Formula One World Championship which was announced earlier this year and will air in 2019. The 10-part original series will have unparalleled access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team, according to the Netflix release.

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