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Channel 4 plugs in for Rumpus’ “Playing for Time”

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush‘s Rumpus Media to produce a comedy entertainment series slated to chart the history of video games. Rob Beckett’s Playing for Time (4 x ...
February 12, 2018

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush‘s Rumpus Media to produce a comedy entertainment series slated to chart the history of video games.

Rob Beckett’s Playing for Time (4 x 30, pictured) will feature the English stand-up comedian and presenter as he “travels back in time” to the 1980s with a celebrity guest.

Each episode of the series will follow the pair as they complete a level of an iconic game from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s in order to return to the present day, all while sharing stories and reminiscing about the movies, music and crazes from each decade.

Featured celebrity guests will include comedian and television presenter Josh Widdicombe; television presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley; People Just Do Nothing actor Asim Chaudhry; and reality TV personality Scarlett Moffat.

Comedian Kerry Godliman will lead Beckett and his guests through each gaming era as “time lord of the space time continuum.”

Executive producers for Rumpus Media are Hudd and Wimbush. The series was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for formats at Channel 4.

Rob Beckett’s Playing for Time will premiere in partnership with video game retailer GAME this spring.

“Gaming is obviously a hugely popular part of our culture and this series takes a unique and engaging look at how gaming has evolved over the last four decades,” said Rothery in a statement. “We are looking forward to teaming up with Game and a time travelling Rob to make Playing for Time a reality.”

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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