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BBC2 unleashes Zoe Lyons-fronted game show “Lightning”

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Banijay-backed entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions to produce a “teatime” entertainment game show hosted by award-winning comic Zoe Lyons. Lightning (25 x 30 ...
February 14, 2020

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Banijay-backed entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions to produce a “teatime” entertainment game show hosted by award-winning comic Zoe Lyons.

Lightning (25 x 30 minutes) will combine the traditional quiz show with the game show format and sees six competitors battle it out across six rounds of quick-fire questions and physical trials all while a “ruthless” spotlight – acting as lightning alongside a thundering soundtrack – patrols the studio to eliminate contestants.

Challengers must do whatever it takes to stay out of the light.

As host, Lyons (pictured) will support contestants as they attempt to win the £3,000 (US$3,900) cash prize.

Fizz’s Neale Simpson and Nice One’s Chris Jones serve as executive producers on the BBC2 game show, which was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC head of daytime and early peak, and Muslim Alim, commissioning editor BBC daytime and early peak.

The format was developed by Banijay Group’s Fizz, part of RDF, and Nice One.

Lightning is filmed in Northern Ireland with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

“This show combines frenetic Q&A with physical challenges, putting contestants on the spot like no other, and it’s a joy to have Zoe on hand to restore calm after the storm when ‘Lightning’ strikes,” said Simpson, creative director of Fizz, in a statement.

 

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