UK broadcaster ITV2 has tapped London-based prodco Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce the practical joke competition series Prank Pad.
The 8 x 60-minute series will focus on a house of eight pranksters living together with the intent of outsmarting and annoying one another out of the home for the chance to live rent-free in a new home for six months.
With no eliminations, the houseguests will aim to drive their roommates crazy with such pranks as hair removal jokes and door knob capers, eventually forcing them out of the house. At week’s end, housemates will vote for the week’s “Prank Punk,” with the contestant behind the lowest-rated trick forced to pay a penalty.
The program will culminate with the jokesters joining forces to weed out the remaining few before a winner is crowned champion.
Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Sharyn Mills serve as executive producers, with Mark Iddon series producing. The series was commissioned for ITV2 by Angela Jain, director of digital channels and acquisitions, and Amanda Stavri, commissioning editor for entertainment.
“Prank Pad is a crazy mash-up of reality TV meets prank. There are so many great online pranksters out there right now we thought, why not see what happens when they live together?” said Lisa Chapman, MD of Whizz Kid Entertainment, in a statement.