Young Audiences Content Fund sees recommissions Don’t Unleash the Beast as latest slate announced

09 Sept 2021

Fan favourite Teen First Dates, revamped How and interactive game show Don’t Unleash the Beast have all been recommissioned as the BFI-managed fund continues to power brand new TV for young viewers in the UK.

The latest slate from the UK government-funded Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) has been unveiled today, revealing two brand-new and distinctive commissions, three recommissions and nine new development awards from across the UK.

Factual series Breaking Bristol (w/t) for E4 and Cum Soil Urm, a Scottish Gaelic film shining a light on refugees for BBC ALBA make up the brand-new commissions. Meanwhile, the slate boasts three recommissions: for CITV’s revamped HOW series, which launched earlier in 2021, interactive game show Don’t Unleash the Beast also for CITV, which proved hugely popular to young viewers at home, and the critically-lauded Teen First Dates for E4. To date, seven YACF-supported programmes (17%) have been recommissioned on the strength of their performance, with the strong prospect of further recommissions as other fund-backed shows, delayed by COVID-19, start to air.

The slate is released as Jack Rooke’s previously announced YACF-financed dramedy Big Boys (Channel 4), starring Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) and Jon Pointing (Plebs), starts production, eccentric cult comedy Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared (Channel 4) wraps filming and CITV’s sustainable craft show MakeAway Takeaway makes it to air.

This latest slate is testament to the vital role the YACF is playing in the UK TV landscape as it approaches the final quarter of its three-year pilot. Financed by the UK government with a clear remit to nurture and support the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on free-to-access platforms, the fund has promoted innovation, new voices, diversity and plurality whilst creating skilled work opportunities, training and professional development for UK talent within the children’s media industry.

In the first two years of operation, the YACF support has delivered 150 hours of new, UK-originated content that would not otherwise have been financed by the market. During this period, £30m has been awarded to 156 projects (42 production projects and 114 development projects). Underlining the fulfilment of its remit, to date 83% of YACF-supported production projects and 75% of development projects involve at least one type of innovation in their content (e.g. new format; novel story, setting or characters). Meanwhile, 62% of production projects and 70% of development projects involved the representation of identifiable communities in the UK, including urban, rural and coastal communities across all four home nations as well as under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

Projects backed by the fund are also being created by production companies spanning the whole of the UK, supporting representation across the country. More than half of the companies involved in production (56%) and development (51%) projects were based outside London and the South East.

To further qualify the quality of the projects backed by the fund, six programmes that were granted production funding in years 1 and 2 have been nominated for a total of eleven major industry awards so far including Rose d’Or Awards 2020, Children and Youth RTS Awards 2021 and Broadcast Awards 2021. Two of these titles won in their respective categories; Sol, in the Stanford St Martin 2021 Awards, Children’s Broadcasting, and HOW, in the RTS Southern Awards 2021, Factual Entertainment.

Additionally, the YACF’s See Yourself on Screen Challenge – a UK-wide competition for 4-18 year old TV stars of the future, launched for a second year by TV presenter Konnie Huq in June — will see original TV shorts created by young viewers at home premiere across five national channels this October.

The Young Audiences Contend Fund has awarded production funding to the following projects within this slate, listed by broadcaster:

13×23’ immersive game show Don’t Unleash the Beast recommissioned for a second series, produced by CPL Productions and Tiny House Productions 

CITV’s immersive game show, Don’t Unleash the Beast is back for a second series and this time Halian is more challenging than ever! With the Beast hot on their heels, the brave Treasure Seekers must navigate their way through this ancient cave system, using strength, brains and teamwork to release the Sacred Stones, enter the Cave of Treasures and find those precious Artefacts!

The tasks are devilishly tricky, they must begin by passing the Pit of Doom, a mega-sized ball pit with tricky obstacles. A successful crossing stands them in good stead; if only the ropes were sturdier, bridges less rotten and webs less tangly! Then there’s the Halian Escape Room where clues are everywhere but only the cleverest are able to decipher them and crack the code. And finally the skill game, knocking skulls off perches and destroying a Halian version of the Terracotta Army. The Treasure Seekers feel the presence of the Beast throughout, it’s watching, waiting and ready to attack. Will they hold their nerve, think fast and get out…without becoming the Beast’s dinner?

The tension mounts as they enter The Cave of Treasures, search hard in slime and beast snot for the artefacts and try their luck at that Rancid Ramp, desperate to escape the Beast and return safely to the Professor’s camp. Don’t Unleash the Beast 2 is high drama! More immersive, more tense and even more exciting!

E4’s Married At First Sight UK scores 1m

31 Aug 2021

CPL Productions’ Married at First Sight UK made a confident start as the most-watched show on multi-channel TV in the UK, with an audience more than twice the size of E4’s 280,000 (1.7%) slot average.

The episode gained ground over the 90-minutes it was on-air – getting underway with 780,000 (4.5%) and hitting a high of 1m (7.5%) in its closing minutes.

Some 20% of the audience was aged 25-34 (166,000), against a 16% average. Its share of 16-24 year olds watching TV at the time was 4%, against a 0.5% average.

The adaptation was well ahead of the launch of the Australian version which kicked off with 420,000 (2.4%) in the Monday 7:30pm slot in June 2020 and has gone on to attract audiences of over 1m.

MAFS UK is E4’s highest original series launch episode to date, well ahead of Tattoo Fixers, which debuted in 2015 with 452,000 (3%), according to Barb data provided by overnights.tv.

Married at First Sight UK to get weekly companion show presented by AJ Odudu

13 Aug 2021

Married at First Sight UK to get weekly companion show presented by AJ Odudu.

 Ahead of the hotly anticipated new series, E4 can reveal that Married at First Sight UK will be accompanied by a weekly companion show.

Married at First Sight: Afters (5×45) will be an extra weekly instalment bringing together all things MAFS UK. Hosted by AJ Odudu, we will take a peek behind the altar for plenty of behind the scenes gossip, interviews with the participants and experts and a sofa packed with famous faces and fans of the series, who’ll be revealing their thoughts on the weeks’ worth of drama.

On her appointment to host Married at First Sight: Afters, AJ Odudu said: “I am the ultimate Married at First Sight fan so to get to do this job is a dream to me. I can’t wait to break down the weekly goss and reflect on some of the biggest stories that I know every MAFS group chat will be discussing. Bring it on!”

Married at First Sight: Afters has been commissioned for E4 by Navi Lamba and Gilly Greenslade. Afters will be produced by CPL (a Red Arrow Studios company) and Series produced by Charles Hyland with Dermot Caulfield, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux as Executive producers.

The Married at First Sight format is distributed worldwide by Red Arrow Studios International

More information on MAFS: Afters will be released closer to the time.

AJ Odudu will be co-hosting The Big Breakfast with Mo Gilligan as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front on the 10th September.

Six Couples Try for Love in Brand New Spinoff 90 Day Fiancé UK

12 July 2021

discovery+ gives British fans of the 90 Day franchise even more to love with local spinoff 90 Day Fiancé UK… coming exclusively to discovery+ UK later this year.

Six Brits have found “the one” abroad and are ready to put it all on the line for what they hope is true love in brand-new series 90 Day Fiancé UK. From BAFTA award winning producers CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company,  the 12×60 series follows the couples’ victories, trials and tribulations as they navigate their first 90 days together in the UK.

The unforgettable cast of characters in 90 Day Fiancé UK each have 90 days from the moment their significant other lands in the UK to say “I do,” or else the non-Brits have to pack their bags and go home before their fiancé visa runs out. The episodes feature the love hopefuls in their hometowns and meeting face-to-face in the UK for the first time.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for these fish-out-of-water fiancés, and we will have front row seats as they navigate cultural differences, hidden agendas, sceptical families, language barriers and much more.

Clare Laycock, SVP Planning & Insights, Head of Entertainment at Discovery, said: “For the past seven years, the 90 Day franchise has captured the hearts of audiences all around the world. Now we’re excited to bring 90 Day fans this brand new British spinoff with an all new cast. 90 Day Fiancé UK promises to bring all the drama, emotions and controversy our passionate 90 Day fans love. Will uprooting their lives to find love in the UK pay off?

Murray Boland, Executive Producer for CPL said: “Creating exciting and innovative entertainment shows is what we love doing at CPL. This format immediately leapt out as a show that fits alongside our other programmes, making it our own for a UK audience. The additional bonus of being part of an exciting slate of new programmes at Discovery made it an opportunity not to be missed.”

90 Day Fiancé UK debuts on the heels of a record-breaking year for the 90 Day franchise in 2020. In the UK, the 90 Day franchise saw its best rating on record for an episode of Before the 90 Days s4 last year, becoming the biggest rating of the year on TLC. The franchise also reached 3.1m people in 2020 on TLC UK, while TLC UK YouTube has over 5m subscribers.

90 Day Fiancé UK was ordered for discovery+ by Clare Laycock, commissioned by Charlotte Reid and executive produced by Deirdre Dowling for Discovery. Executive producers for CPL Productions are Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Dermot Caulfield.

The 90 Day franchise is now available on discovery+ in the UK. 90 Day Fiancé UK will launch exclusively on discovery+ UK later this year.

About discovery+

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About CPL Productions

CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is one of the most successful independent TV, radio and podcast production companies in the UK. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky Arts recent BAFTA-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes; Sky One’s long-running and double BAFTA-winning series A League of Their Own, the US version Game On! for CBS, and spin-off series’ A League of Their Own: European Road Trips, US Road Trips and London to Loch Ness; There’s Something About Movies and Rob and Romesh Vs for Sky One; Sky One comedy The Reluctant Landlord, written by and starring Romesh Ranganathan; new comedy quiz show Quizness, hosted by Tom Allen,  multi-award winning Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and Married At First Sight – all for Channel 4; children’s game show Don’t Unleash the Beast for CITV and BFI; scripted series Brief Encounters for ITV;  High Strangeness the sci-fi comedy drama for Audible; You Are What you Eat the new reboot of the hit series for Channel 5; and with Harry Hill and their NIT Television joint venture, Alien Fun Capsule for ITV, Harry Hill’s Clubnite and Reasons to be Cheerful with Matt Lucas for Channel 4,  entertainment series Harry Hill’s World of TV for BBC Two, and new comedy sketch show Ellie & Natasia for BBC Three.  The company has production partnerships with Ranga Bee Productions, Licklemor Productions and Tiny House Productions.  CPL also has a long history of producing award-winning audio content, including numerous productions for BBC Radio Two and Four.

CPL are in the process of casting the series, so if you have found your love abroad, and want to spend the rest of your life with them, then we want to hear your love story. You can get in touch with the team at 90dayfianceUK@cplproductions.co.uk

Media Contacts

For CPL Productions:

Ian Johnson PR, info@ijpr.co.uk

For Red Arrow Studios:

Mira Ryness, mira.ryness@redarrowstudios.com

A League of Their Own is back for the sixteenth series with new host Romesh Ranganathan

24 Jun 2021

  • BAFTA award-winner Romesh Ranganathan takes over as the new host of the hugely successful Sky original show for Sky One and streaming service NOW
  • The comedy-fuelled panel show is back for a sixteenth series. Filming starts on 5thJuly at Elstree Studios with a socially distanced studio audience
  • Longstanding team captains Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp return to go head-to-head again this summer. Guests this year include FA Cup winner Jamie Vardy, Olympic Gold Medallist Denise Lewis and football pundit Micah Richardswith plenty more stars from the world of sports and entertainment to be announced
  • Romesh has been a regular panellist on the BAFTA-winning show since 2018 and will bring more of his dry wit and deadpan takedowns to proceedings
  • The eight-part panel show from the producers of There’s Something About Movies, CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, returns to Sky One and streaming service NOW in August
  • Due to existing work commitments James Corden is unable to appear in this series

Romesh Ranganathan says: “I’m over the moon to be taking over the hosting duties and looking forward to being back in the studio with Jamie, Freddie, our guests and the live audience. I’m truly honoured to be the new host of such a successful show. I know Jamie and Freddie are delighted because they often talk about what a hero I am to both of them.”

The sixteenth series of A League of Their Own was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for Sky is Barbara Lee and the executive producers for CPL, a Red Arrow studios company, are David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux. Jack Shillaker is producer.

BAFTA Award winning Sky Original Life & Rhymes returns for a second series on Sky Arts

18 June 2021

BAFTA Award-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes will return to Sky Arts, the UK’s only TV channel dedicated to arts and culture, later this year. The Sky Original series, hosted by acclaimed British writer and poet, Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, sees some of the country’s leading spoken word performers and select members of the audience showcase their lyrical creativity on topics such as racism, gender, sexuality and mental health. The first entertainment show of its kind, Life & Rhymes celebrates the art of spoken word and brings it to a mainstream setting.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, said:

“Life and Rhymes is a true original – placing performance poetry on the pedestal it deserves. It’s vibrant and relevant and provides a powerful platform for many voices to be heard, all under the nurturing gaze of Benjamin Zephaniah who’s a God.”

The first 4×26 minute series of Life & Rhymes was filmed during lockdown in front of a live socially distanced audience in South London’s Battersea Park. The second series will return to Battersea Park and will air this autumn.

Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, said:

“I’m looking forward to presenting a new series of Life and Rhymes. Giving a platform to people to speak their truth through poetry and the spoken word, is a joy. It’s a programme with no ego. It’s a programme about people. It’s the programme I’ve waited all my life to present. It’s good to be home.”

Life & Rhymes triumphed at the BAFTA Television Awards earlier this month where it won the award for Best Entertainment Programme, beating off competition from Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) and The Masked Singer (ITV).

Life & Rhymes was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment. The commissioning editor for Sky is Barbara Lee.  Isaac Nartey, a Sky Academy Leader in the young people department at Sky, also gained Associate Producer and Co-Creator credits on the programme for his lifelong passion to showcase the much-underrepresented genre.

Life & Rhymes is co-created by Bob Clarke and Isaac Nartey. The series is co-produced by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Licklemor Productions, owned by MAMA Youth Project.  Executive producers are Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Sharon Ali for CPL Productions and Bob Clarke for Licklemor Productions.

All episodesofLife & Rhymes S1areavailable on Sky Arts and streaming service NOW.

The next series of Life & Rhymes will air on Sky Arts, free for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11, this autumn.

Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact:

Lucy Butterfield

lucy.butterfield@sky.uk

Gehan Bashmailah

gehan.bashmailah@sky.uk

About Sky Arts

Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. In 2020, with the creative industries under serious threat, we threw open our doors to make the channel free for everyone to watch. We’ve redoubled our mission to increase access to the arts and we’re committed to getting everyone involved as the industry recovers. The fact is, we need the arts now like never before, and Sky Arts brings them straight to your living room.

We have something for everyone, championing creative talent by showcasing the best in music, theatre, dance, literature, opera and visual art. From Glyndebourne to Grime and Cézanne to The Style Council, we’ve got your passions covered. Millions of viewers tune in to hit returning series such as Portrait Artist of the Year, Urban Myths and British cultural institution The South Bank Show, but our acclaimed new programmes might take you anywhere from Pinter’s house with Danny Dyer to a Scottish road trip with Samuel Johnson.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Sky Arts is the headline sponsor of National Theatre Live in the UK and we work with cultural partners across the country including the English National Opera, Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, Creative Industries Federation and Coventry City of Culture to name but a few.

You can watch Sky Arts for free on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147.  If you’ve got Sky or a Now TV entertainment pass, you can also watch over 2,000 hours of shows exclusively on demand.

We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of artists, so we’re working with five leading Sky Arts Ambassadors: Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, dance artist Akram Khan, conductor Charles Hazlewood, Theatre Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall, and sculptor Anish Kapoor – to run bursary schemes for new and emerging talent.

About MAMA Youth Project

MAMA Youth (MYP) is a registered charity specialising in TV production based in Sky UK campus in Osterley. MAMA Youth Project was set up to provide training and opportunities to, mainly young people (18–25yrs) from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic groups; White Working Class, disadvantaged backgrounds, those of any background that have faced trauma or a major challenge, and those with limited education or employment who have an interest in TV or the media industry, as well as to those who simply want to change their lives for the better. The charity is also committed to working with the media industry to help achieve the industry’s frequently stated aim of becoming more diverse and therefore more representative of the audiences they serve. Previous awards include The Princess Royal Award, RTS Award, and Business in the Community Award. To date, MAMA Youth Project has helped 570 young people change their lives and become role models for those who are facing life challenges such as homelessness, poor mental health, ex offender and abuse.

About Licklemor Productions

Licklemor Productions is the commercial arm of MAMA Youth Project. In addition to financially supporting the charity, Licklemor provides a platform for our alumni to pursue creative projects and generates work opportunities for those who are now established television and media professionals. Licklemor utilises our young talent, who are enthusiastic, creative and relevant to the content we produce. Our USP is that our productions allow our alumni to have major editorial input in our programmes, whilst working with other seasoned television and media professionals from beyond the MAMA Youth Project family. Experienced alumni are often given the opportunity to take the next step in their career, such as researcher achieving their first assistant producer credit. Several alumni worked on the BAFTA award winning Life & Rhymes, including the series producer, Tanita Ojo- Baptiste. While the MAMA Youth Project is the only shareholder, Licklemor Production is a separate enterprise and is a registered limited company.

About CPL Productions

CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is one of the most successful independent TV, radio and podcast production companies in the UK. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky Arts recent BAFTA-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes; Sky One’s long-running and double BAFTA-winning series A League of Their Own, the US version Game On! for CBS, and spin-off series’ A League of Their Own: European Road TripsUS Road Trips and London to Loch NessThere’s Something About Movies and Rob and Romesh Vs for Sky One; Sky One comedy The Reluctant Landlord, written by and starring Romesh Ranganathan; new comedy quiz show Quizness, hosted by Tom Allen, multi-award winning Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and Married At First Sight – all for Channel 4; children’s game show Don’t Unleash the Beast for CITV and BFI; scripted series Brief Encounters for ITV; High Strangeness the sci-fi comedy drama for Audible; You Are What you Eat the new reboot of the hit series for Channel 5; and with Harry Hill and their NIT Television joint venture, Alien Fun Capsule for ITV, Harry Hill’s Clubnite and Reasons to be Cheerful with Matt Lucas for Channel 4, entertainment series Harry Hill’s World of TV for BBC Two, and new comedy sketch show Ellie & Natasia for BBC Three. The company has production partnerships with Ranga Bee Productions, Licklemor Productions and Tiny House Productions. CPL also has a long history of producing award-winning audio content, including numerous productions for BBC Radio Two and Four.

www.cplproductions.co.uk

About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Across six countries, we connect our 24 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news and arts including our own award-winning original content.

Our technology, including the market leading Sky Q, connects people to everything they love – with entertainment from Sky TV, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, and apps like Spotify, YouTube, BBC Sounds, Highbrow, Fiit, and more, in one place, easy. Our streaming service NOW, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Bulletproof and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in between. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which will open in 2022, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years.

We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation. We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice.

Bill Bailey, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Elizabeth Carling star in Radio 4 comedy special Hennikay

09 June 2021

Comedian, actor, musician and Strictly winner Bill Bailey takes the lead in a brand new Radio 4 comedy special, Hennikay. Written by David Spicer the cast also features Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me) and Elizabeth Carling (Casualty).

Bill plays Guy Starling, a middle aged man who, after 45 years, suddenly meets up with his imaginary childhood friend, Hennikay. It’s the biggest day in his career and he is on the brink of closing the biggest deal yet but, when Guy strides into his office at Solutify Technology, a software house that develops games for grown-ups to spend their time playing on their phones, he is confronted with an 11 year old boy playing keepy-uppies. And to make matters worse, no one else can see or hear him because he is Hennikay, Guy’s imaginary friend from his lonely childhood. A warm, funny look at childhood, adulthood and some of the follies of modern life.

Bill Bailey says: “I loved working on Hennikay – it was a brilliant, funny, and touching piece of writing by David Spicer. And I relished the chance to work with some top comedy and acting talent.”

Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, adds: “It’s wonderful having Bill back on Radio 4, acting in this touching and witty script. The role suits him down to the ground, making the most of his brilliant comic timing and charismatic presence.”

Hennikay is on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds 19:15, Sunday 27 June.

Cast:

Guy … Bill Bailey
Tony … Sanjeev Bhaskar
Marika … Elizabeth Carling
Kallie … Anna Leong Brophy
Don … John Schwab
Hennikay … Max Pattison

Written by David Spicer
Producer: Liz Anstee

Rob & Romesh Vs returns to Sky One

09 June 2021

Rob & Romesh Vs will return to Sky One next month, the broadcaster has announced.

In three new episodes, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan will be taking on Team GB Olympic stars across a number of sports, from weightlifting to canoeing, and meet tennis legend, Andy Murray.bRanganathan said: ‘If you’re a massive fan of seeing Rob and I setting fire to our dignity, you will not be disappointed.’

And Beckett added: ‘Even in a pandemic nothing is going to stop me and Romesh from wearing ill-fitting clothes and making a fool of ourselves on television.’

The episodes, which start on July 8 – in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics –  are billed as the second part of series three. The first three instalments aired in February.

An additional show will feature compilation of clips from all their escapades so far.

The episode guide is:

R&R vs Team GB Part 1: Rob and Romesh are on a mission to see if they can join the ranks of Team GB. The first discipline they will be attempting is the canoe slalom, where Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods will send them down some sub-zero rapids. Next, they will try their hands at weightlifting before seeing if they have what it takes to be hockey goalkeepers with gold medallist Maddie Hinch as their coach.

R&R vs Team GB Part 2: Rob and Romesh will attempt clay pigeon shooting with Aaron Heading, gymnastics with sporting hero Max Whitlock and athletics with gold medallist Denise Lewis. Will they find their sport?

R&R vs Andy Murray: The pair hang out with British sporting legend, Sir Andy Murray as he models his new sportswear range, before being pushed to their limits in a tennis training session and Andy’s favourite hobby, road cycling.

R&R vs almost everything: The  best bits from the last three series. See the boys become drag queens, dance with dancehall legends in Kingston Jamaica, go on a safari in South Africa, perform with Birmingham Royal Ballet and get a rather invasive treatment in Hollywood.

Life & Rhymes wins a BAFTA

07 June 2021

CPL Productions programme Life & Rhymes, made during the COVID 19 pandemic, was last night awarded the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Program.

Co-produced with Lickelmor Productions for Sky Arts, Life & Rhymes celebrates the spoken word, shining a spotlight on British voices. It features inspiring performances from both established and new talent and is hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah.

New format Quizness launches in UK on May 14

05 May 2021

Quizness, the entertaining and innovative new quiz show produced by CPL Productions launches on Channel 4 on Friday, May 14 at 8pm.  The series, in which the more answers the contestants know, the sillier they have to look to prove it, is hosted in the UK by comedian Tom Allen. Red Arrow Studios International is distributing the format Internationally.

In Quizness, four contestants’ general knowledge and mental agility is put to the test as they battle it out across seven rounds to compete for a major cash prize, in this serious quiz with funny answers.

Rounds include ‘Subbly Jubbly’, where contestants must substitute nonsense words into the correct answers; ‘Risky Quizness’, a surprisingly difficult quickfire round in which nearly every question has the same answer, and ‘Double Trouble’, a multiple choice round which tests the quizzers’ speed of thought when they must answer a different question to the one they’ve actually been asked – with unintentionally cheeky consequences.

At the end of rounds four, six and seven the contestant with the lowest score is eliminated, leaving the remaining quizzer to play for the cash prize in a tense final round. Answer seven questions correctly and they win the £25k jackpot; fail to do so and they leave with a £1k consolation prize.

The format was created by Dan Maier for CPL and the Executive Producers are Danielle Lux, Murray Boland, Dan Maier and David Taylor.

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