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BBC Studios wins BBC1 commission for “Celebrity Painting Challenge”

BBC Studios has been commissioned to produce a painting challenge series for BBC1 featuring celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment. Presented by Mariella Frostrup (pictured), the four-part Celebrity Painting ...
November 8, 2018

BBC Studios has been commissioned to produce a painting challenge series for BBC1 featuring celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment.

Presented by Mariella Frostrup (pictured), the four-part Celebrity Painting Challenge will bring together six contestants whose artistic prowess will be tested by a variety of tasks, masterclasses and challenges. The contestants will be supported by artists and mentors Diana Ali and Pascal Anson.

Testing their artistic skills are actor Jane Seymour; musician George Shelley; cricketer and broadcaster Phil Tufnell; model and DJ Amber Le Bon; presenter Josie D’Arby; and TV personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Frostrup will be joined by returning judges Daphne Todd, former winner of the prestigious BP Portrait award, and figurative painter Lachlan Goudie.

The grand finale will see the toughest challenge of the series with the winner being announced at the end. As part of the finale, a selection of paintings from the contestants will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity.

The series is executive produced by Kat Lennox. It was commissioned for BBC1 by BBC’s content director Charlotte Moore and Mark Bell, head of arts commissioning. Michael Jochnowitz is commissioning editor.

Celebrity Painting Challenge is slated to air Spring 2019.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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