Canadian/British Group Reel One Entertainment are teaming with U.K. theater company Chickenshed to adapt the award-winning Belgium TV series Team Chocolate for British TV.
The Belgian show, which launched to ratings success and critical acclaim on Belgium public broadcaster VRT last year, follows Jasper Vloemans (Jelle Palmaerts), a young man with Down syndrome who starts his first job in a family-run chocolate factory. He soon falls in love with one of his colleagues, Tina, a girl from Kosovo. When Tina is suddenly deported to her home country, Jasper and his friends set out on a road trip across Europe to find her.
The feel-good Flemish-language dramedy picked up the best drama series award at the first Diversity TV Excellence Awards at international television market Mipcom in October and won the 2017 Prix Europa for best European Fiction Series.
Reel One, which picked up series adaptation rights from Wild Bunch TV, plans to re-create that collaboration with Chickenshed, an inclusive theater company based in Southgate, London. Reel One is pitching Team Chocolate to U.K. networks and is in talks to attach a British writer to the project.