Channel 4 taps Gok Wan, Stephen Fry for series

Gok Wan (pictured), Stephen Fry and The Million Pound Drop Celebrity Games form part of UK broadcaster Channel 4's line-up of commissions and pilots.
July 5, 2012

Gok Wan (pictured), Stephen Fry and The Million Pound Drop Celebrity Games form part of UK broadcaster Channel 4′s (C4) line-up of commissions and pilots.

Presenter Gok Wan returns to television with a 8 x 60-minute dating show Baggage, which sees contestants choosing or rejecting partners on the basis of the contents of their baggage. As the Chocolate Media series progresses, contestants bring bigger and bigger suitcases, which are opened to reveal their secrets.

C4 has also commissioned factual entertainment series Stephen Fry: Gadget Man (working title), which will see gadget fanatic Fry offering his insight into the world of technology.

The six-part series will be theme-based, and Fry will explore both ordinary consumer products and extraordinary prototypes. Celebrities will share stories of their favorite gadgets, while the presenter will also road-test products. The series will air later this year, and is produced by North One Television and executive produced by Ricky Keleher.

“I am looking forward to further feeding my addiction to all things gadgetry – and having lots of fun in the process – by making this intriguing series for Channel 4,” said Fry in a statement.

Also coming up on C4 is The Million Pound Drop Celebrity Games, an 8 x 60-minute series coinciding with the Paralympic Games. Celebrities and athletes will be tasked with the challenge of raising £1 million (US$1.56 million) for sporting and disabled charities. The series is produced by Remarkable.

Elsewhere, Hot or Hotter is a one-hour pilot for C4′s digital network E4, which sets out to find the self-declared hottest people in a series of UK towns. The Zeppotron pilot then pits these people against each other in a catwalk showdown.

Finally, Zeppotron is also behind Cats Do Countdown Rematch, a sequel to Jon Richardson and Sean Lock’s Countdown earlier this year for Channel 4′s Mash Up night.

“These new shows are a great example of how Channel 4 entertainment can deliver really innovative and exciting formats. In addition to our commissions, I’m very excited about the many new development ideas we are working on and look forward to announcing further commissions later this year,” said Justin Gorman, head of entertainment at C4.

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