Leading independent distributor DRG announced today the ITV1 commission of 8 x 45’ episodes for all new Catchphrase. The primetime, Saturday night series will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
Co-produced by DRG and STV Productions, the show created by Pasetta Productions has been updated with a brand new set, exciting 3D graphics and a dynamic new end game.
DRG will be launching the format at MIPCOM and have worldwide rights that will see them exploiting TV, licensing, merchandising and digital media opportunities for the brand.
Andrea Jackson, MD, Acquisitions & Formats at DRG said: “We are delighted to be bringing Catchphrase back here in the UK and will soon be announcing further deals around the world.”
Alan Clements, Director of Content for STV, said: "This latest commission for STV Productions is a further success story for our strategy of diversification and growth. We are thrilled to be bringing this iconic game show back to viewers on Saturday evenings. The original series ran for 14 years and we are confident that the revival of Catchphrase, including the return of the popular Mr Chips, will be a ratings success."
John Kaye Cooper, ITV's Controller of Entertainment, said: "We're delighted that this highly popular classic game show is returning to ITV and once again give our viewers a chance to 'say what they see'. Stephen will be presenting an updated and state of the art version of Catchphrase and we welcome its return to our schedules."
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