Award winning actress and comedienne Dawn French is to host Little Big Shots, a brand new series on ITV based on the hit US format.

Little Big Shots shines the spotlight on some of the world’s most talented children. With no prizes at stake, no winners or losers and no competition, this programme is simply a showcase for three to thirteen year olds to take to the stage and show that you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a star performer.

Dawn said: “Rarely have I relished the thought of doing a show as much as this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about it, especially the fact that I will get to witness the amazing talents of these remarkable little humans up close. It's going to be a privilege. Yay! Bring it on!”

The centrepiece of the programme is an enormous revolving stage. On one side is a sofa for Dawn and the pint size prodigies to get to know each other; and on the other is the all important performance space which is as versatile as the variety of talent on offer.

Each show will unveil aspiring young acts from the UK and around the world, with talents that range from black belt karate champions to classical music masters and miniature chefs. There are tiny dancers, young soul sensations, audacious skateboarders and spelling bee specialists who are only just out of nursery. 

Brimming with charm, fun, enthusiasm and with skills that would put plenty of adults in the shade, the Little Big Shots may be small in stature but are guaranteed to be a tornado of talent. 

Peter Davey, Head of Comedy Entertainment, ITV said: “Dawn’s hugely infectious humour, warmth and affability make her the perfect host for Little Big Shots. Add to the mix these incredibly talented and entertaining kids and you have some potentially great TV.”

Leanne Klein, Chief Executive at Wall to Wall said: “ I cannot think of a better host for this amazing show. Dawn, combined with some of the funniest and most talented kids in the world, will make for a truly unmissable series. We are so excited to get started.”

Little Big Shots is a Wall to Wall production for ITV and is Exec Produced by Andy Rowe, Head of Entertainment and Leanne Klein, Chief Executive. It was commissioned by Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey, ITV and Amanda Stavri Entertainment Commissioner, ITV.

The US version of the series was the most watched new series of the US 2015-16 season, debuting at 11.9 million viewers. It was NBC’s most watched series of 2016, and was the number one unscripted series premiere in over four years on broadcast television.