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MIPTV 2014: ITV Studios draws up Guess List

The Guess List set 2ITV Studios Global Entertainment is launching new formats, including upcoming BBC One shows The Guess List and Pressure Pad.

The Guess List, which comes from ITVS-owned 12 Yard, is a Saturday night comedy entertainment series in which two contestants compete for a specially-selected prize with the help of five famous faces.

The show stems from an entertainment format that was to be fronted by Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs. Brown’s Boys), which was reworked with comic axtor Rob Brydon presenting after O’Carroll dropped out.

“It harks back to some of the gameshows from the 1980s and some of the prizes are tongue in cheek,” ITVS’s director of international formats Mike Beale told TBI. “The level of comic talent underpins the BBC’s belief in the concept.”

Pressure Pad, also from 12 Yard, is a high-tech gameshow set in a quizzing amphitheatre with an under floor high-res LED screen that puts the players under constant pressure.

Other new ITVSGE series include dating format Secret Matchmaker, which ITVS and Reshet joint venture The Lab developed; archive-themed series You Saw Them Here First and Show Me the Telly, both of which ITV-owned factual producer Shiver created for ITV; and gardening show Oasis, which ITV Studios Nordic created for MTV3 in Finland.

Also on the slate is Pulse Films-produced reality format The Insider, in which hopefuls go through an intensive three-day job interview unaware one is actually their prospective boss to be; and a trio of shows from comedy producer Big Talk, namely sitcom Give Out Girls, which went out on Sky Living; Threesome, which was for Comedy Central UK; and workplace comedy The Job Lot, which broadcasted on ITV.