BBC1 grabs Stellify’s “Can’t Touch This”

The UK pubcaster has ordered the tentatively titled game show Can't Touch This from Sony Pictures Television-backed Northern Irish indie Stellify Media.
March 12, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC1 has ordered the tentatively titled game show Can’t Touch This (working title) from Sony Pictures Television-backed Northern Irish indie Stellify Media.

The Belfast-based company – which launched in spring 2014 – is focused on producing and developing entertainment programming for both UK and international broadcasters. As previously reported, the group is currently in production on Blind Date (working title) for Irish broadcaster TV3, set to air later this year.

Stellify’s latest effort sees contestants navigating a “larger than life assault course” and also battling one another to locate prizes along the way, which they can then win upon touching them. The production is partly financed by funding entity Northern Ireland Screen (NI Screen).

Can’t Touch This - an original Stellify format – was ordered by controller of BBC1 Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey, and BBC entertainment commissioner Alan Tyler.

The 10-part series is to air next year, and will be exec produced by Stellify joint-MDs Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy.

“To secure this major commission only a few months after launching is a huge vote of confidence from the BBC,” said Doherty in a statement, adding, “We’re grateful for the amazing support we have had, both from the BBC Entertainment team and everyone at NI Screen.”

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