British entertainment channel Sky1 has commissioned tentatively titled debating series The Kings & Queens of Speech from UK indie Twofour.
The 8 x 60-minute series, set to debut in 2015, will follow kids from schools across the UK whose lives are transformed by participating in debate teams. The top teams from each school will go head-to-head in a competition in front of a panel of judges, with one team crowned the Kings & Queens of Speech.
“The Kings & Queens of Speech will be a fresh new addition to Sky1′s emerging slate of 8 p.m. programming,” said Adam MacDonald, director of Sky 1, in a statement. “It is going to thrill, move and energize Sky1 customers across the generations.”
Dan Adamson, director of programs at Twofour, added: “We are looking forward to capturing all the emotion as young people, regardless of background or academic achievement, prove themselves on a national debating stage.”
The Kings & Queens of Speech has been commissioned by MacDonald and Christopher Brogden, a commissioning editor at Sky, and will be exec produced by Adamson for Twofour and Deborah Sargeant for Sky. The series producer is Sam Grace for Twofour.