A new reality competition show on Channel 4 called Scared of The Dark features eight celebrities who will be living in complete darkness for eight days. Hosted by Danny Dyer, the show will take place in The Bunker, a specially designed living space equipped with 50 infrared cameras to block out any light. Over five successive nights, the show will follow the celebrities as they get used to their new environment.
To leave The Bunker, the celebrities just need to shout “I’m Scared of The Dark” and they will be escorted to the light. In order to prove their worth, each celebrity will take on challenging tasks designed to test their ability to function in the dark or their primal fear of total darkness. Those who fail will have to take on difficult challenges to secure their place on the show, and only one winner will emerge at the end of it all.
The eight celebrities taking part in the show are retired pro-boxer Nicola Adams, reality star Chloe Burrows, professional boxer Chris Eubank, former professional footballer Paul Gascoigne, singer Max George, comedian Chris McCausland, TV personality Scarlett Moffatt and actress Donna Preston. The show will explore whether being in total darkness will help to build trust among the group or whether their fears will cause them to crack and beg for the lights to be turned on.
On hosting, Danny Dyer said: “This is possibly one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever done in my career, and I have done a lot of mad things. Throw in a bunch of celebs and make them do things with the lights off – it’s proper good telly. You’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna laugh some more and I promise you’re gonna love it”
Scared of the Dark is produced by ITV Studios label, MultiStory Media, from an original idea by Possessed, and was commissioned for Channel 4 by Tom Beck, Head of Live Events with Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events.
Executive Producers on the series are Glenn Hugill, Simone Haywood and Jon Cahn.
The series was commissioned from Channel 4’s Global Format Fund, the ringfenced spend designed to stimulate the creation of original new formats from UK-based indies for UK and International audiences. ITV Studios will handle global distribution.