Scottish content business STV Productions is celebrating a happy new year after two of its creations slugged it out at the same primetime slot at 6pm on Saturday 6 January for the UK’s two leading broadcasters.
On ITV, hit game show Catchphrase kicked off 2018 with a celebrity special hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Comedian Jimmy Carr, Cold Feet star Fay Ripley and Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds showed off their competitive sides in the show, battling to win £50,000 for their respective chosen charities. At the same time, the BBC showed STV Productions' new six-part game show, And They’re Off For Sport Relief. Presented by sports presenter and Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion Ore Oduba, the show saw celebrities take part in obstacle courses, including running through mud and hurtling down giant water slides before a final showdown.
“We’ve never competed with ourselves for the Saturday night audience before, but it's a great position to be in and viewers have two brilliant entertainment shows to choose from,” said STV Productions head of entertainment, Gary Chippington. “The Catchphrase celebrity special is one of our funniest episodes ever, while And They’re Off For Sport Relief is a great mix of a dramatic quiz with even more dramatic races. Great family fun all round.”
STV Productions has enjoyed success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, for a range of broadcasters. Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for 15 series on the BBC, along with six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. A further three series of Antiques Road Trip and a seventh series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip are now in production.