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BBC to launch new game show, celebrate the holidays

UK pubcaster the BBC is launching a new prime-time comedy game show and kicking off the Christmas season with a family special. First and Last is a 6 x 45-minute game ...
September 30, 2019

UK pubcaster the BBC is launching a new prime-time comedy game show and kicking off the Christmas season with a family special.

First and Last is a 6 x 45-minute game show that will put contestants through different challenges with one simple, confounding rule: don’t come first or last. Contestants who do come in first or last are eliminated before the next round.

Host Jason Manford will guide contestants to a final round, where one will walk away with a £10,000 (US$12,340) cash prize.

The series will air on BBC1. It is produced by Zeppotron, part of Endemol Shine UK, and was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, and Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning. The executive producers for Zeppotron are Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips and Karen Murdoch. Keith Cotton is series producer. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Pinki Chambers.

First And Last is a beautifully simple premise around which to build all sorts of studio silliness and game show tension, and we’re delighted to have Jason at the heart of the show,” said Holmes in a statement.

“It’s fun and lighthearted with great characters and silly games,” added Manford. “I always think when the world feels a bit hard and tough, you want to be able to flick the telly on and block all of that stuff out by having a good laugh.”

First and Last will be distributed by Endemol Shine International.

Meanwhile, BBC is preparing a family travel entertainment special for Christmas.

Take Off With Bradley And Holly sees hosts Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby playing games and giving studio audience members the chance to win a trip to Lapland, Finland.

The 60-minute special is produced by Hungry Bear Media for BBC1. It was also commissioned by Moore and Phillips. EPs for Hungry Bear are Dan Baldwin and Kate Maddigan. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.

“This one-off special will see audience members compete for the trip of a lifetime, under the watchful eye of our fantastic, funny hosts,” said Phillips.

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