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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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