Extra: C5 sends Colin and Justin to Canada; NHK sells “Chiko’s Challenge” in Spain

Channel 5 gears up for Colin and Justin’s Great Canadian Escape Channel 5 has announced the launch of a new renovation series, Colin and Justin’s Great Canadian Escape, starring Scottish interior designers ...
April 11, 2022

Channel 5 gears up for Colin and Justin’s Great Canadian Escape

Channel 5 has announced the launch of a new renovation series, Colin and Justin’s Great Canadian Escape, starring Scottish interior designers and popular television presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan.

The 4 x 60-minute series (pictured) finds the professional and personal partners undertaking their riskiest venture yet: moving to a small coastal town in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, buying a run-down inn and attempting to transform it into a high-end luxury boutique hotel. The obs-doc series will track the duo’s ambitious undertaking while also chronicling their personal journey as they try to get the local community on board with their plan.

Colin and Justin’s Great Canadian Escape was commissioned by Lucy Willis for Channel 5. The series will be produced by Ricochet, and executive produced by Robi Dutta and Emma Walsh.

NHK’s Chiko’s Challenge quiz show format adapted in Spain

International indie distributor Lineup Industries has inked a deal with Spanish prodco Mediacrest to produce 60 episodes of NHK’s co-viewing comedy format Chiko’s Challenge for Spanish public broadcaster TVE, where it will air daily. The sale is the first international adaptation of an NHK entertainment format.

Chiko’s Challenge, which will be retitled Mapi in Spain, challenges celebrities with childlike questions that are still surprisingly difficult. The quizmaster is an “eternal 5-year-old” character named Chiko. who is half-CGI, half-live actor, and voiced by a famous comedian. Curious and hard to please, Chiko challenges the celebrity panel with questions like “Why is ice slippery?” If the answers aren’t correct, Chiko throws a tantrum before an expert reveals the true answer, along with a humorous demonstration.

The TVE deal for Chiko’s Challenge follows a distribution agreement between Lineup Industries and NHK Enterprises, the distribution arm of the Japanese pubcaster, to drive the global expansion of NHK’s slate of formats.

“We are tremendously excited to see [that] Chiko, who is beloved by viewers of all ages in Japan, will be traveling outside her home country and be transformed into Mapi in Spain,” said Koji Matsumoto, president and CEO of NHK Enterprises, in a release. “This is NHK’s first entertainment format to be localized overseas, and we are very grateful to Lineup Industries, Mediacrest and TVE for partnering with us to make this happen. We look forward to developing the program with them, and sincerely hope that Mapi will become a household name in Spain just like Chiko at home.”

The Film and TV Charity launches Confidence Booster pilot program

The London-based Film and TV Charity is seeking participants for a new pilot program that aims to develop industry talent who need support with their confidence.

The Confidence Booster Programme, created in response to national and regional talent shortages highlighted by the ongoing production boom, will be open to those identifying as women, carers, and people returning to work. The online program offers participants the opportunity to consider and understand some of the reasons behind a lack of confidence.

Coach and facilitator Kate Maxwell, along with creative producer, trainer, and mental health first aid instructor Alison Surtees, will guide participants through the program, which will include an introductory session, two half-day workshops and a wrap session. The facilitators will equip the program participants with tips, techniques and processes designed to help boost their personal and professional confidence.

The pilot will be open to up to 16 people. A further keynote session examining the subject of confidence in the film industry will be open to a wider audience, with details on that session still to come.

“We know from the people we work with that looking for and returning to work, particularly post-lockdown, can be difficult, especially for women and/or people who have gaps in their CV due to their caring responsibilities. Our Looking Glass Surveys have shown that the film and TV industry can at times be a difficult place to work, and this can impact confidence, especially if someone is also facing other challenges,” said Nicky Davidson, community development lead (Wales and South West England) at the Film and TV Charity, in a news release.

“At the same time, an industry skills gap is being highlighted by the production boom taking place across the UK, and there are capable, talented people who may not have the confidence to step forward and pitch for work they are more than capable of undertaking,” he added. “Our hope is that the Confidence Booster Programme will deliver a model that can help bridge the gap by giving those people the assurance that they are good enough for an industry in real need of their expertise and experience.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.