BBC Daytime has confirmed that Alex Scott and Ross Kemp will each host new Quiz formats in the afternoons on BBC One made in Scotland.

The Tournament and The Bridge of Lies were commissioned by the BBC Daytime & Early Peak commissioning team as part of a Quiz initiative to find new quiz formats made in Scotland.

Alex Scott will host The Tournament, which will air later this autumn, whilst Ross Kemp will be at the helm on The Bridge of Lies, which will broadcast in Spring 2022.

The Tournament (25 x 45) brings all the drama and tension of the sporting arena to BBC Daytime as eight contestants compete in a series of fast-paced quiz battles in an attempt to eliminate their opponents from the day’s game and walk away with a cash prize.

Alex Scott says: “To be hosting this new BBC quiz show is exciting and I can’t wait to get started. ‘The Tournament’ promises all the drama and tension of a penalty shootout; it’s a show where favourites can be knocked out of the competition and underdogs can come back from the brink of defeat to claim victory. I’m sure it’ll be a firm favourite with quiz fans and new viewers alike.”

The Bridge of Lies (25 x 45) promises both high drama and stakes that will keep the contestants on their toes and their eyes on the prize as they risk losing it all with each step they take.

It will see teams of contestants compete for cash by crossing a bridge made up of stepping stones across the studio floor. Each stepping stone has a different option, and the players must try to get from A to B by stepping on the truths and avoiding the lies in order to cross the floor safely, or risk falling off the bridge and out of the game.

Ross Kemp says: “It’s fair to say I’ve found myself in some dangerous situations in recent years, so I reckon I’m well-prepared for the jeopardy of The Bridge of Lies! This is something a little different for me, and after a challenging year, we’re all crying out for a fun new show to kick back and enjoy. I’m delighted to be working with STV Studios again and can’t wait to be back on BBC One in 2022, having a giggle with all the contestants and helping them win some cash in the process. Bring it on!”

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of Daytime and Early Peak, says: “The Tournament and The Bridge of Lies were stand out formats in a competitive field, both combining distinctive edge-of-seat game play with a plethora of general knowledge to satisfy viewers who love to play along at home.”

The Tournament will be made by QITV, the production arm of Quite Interesting Ltd, the company behind BBC Two’s QI, and the Executive Producer is Simon Urwin.

The Bridge of Lies will be produced by STV Studios, makers of BBC Daytime’s Antiques Road Trip and ITV’s Catchphrase, the Executive Producer is  Gary Chippington and the Development Lead is Josephine Brassey.

The two quizzes were ordered by Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of Daytime and Early Peak, and the Commissioning Editors are Alex McLeod, and Neil McCallum, based in Scotland, for BBC Daytime.

BBC Daytime has also confirmed it has recommissioned a second series of BBC Two early peak quiz show Lightning, hosted by Zoe Lyons. Lightning is produced by Belfast indie Nice One and Banijay Group’s Fizz (part of RDF), the Executive Producers are Neale Simpson (Fizz) and Chris Jones (Nice One). It was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC Head of Daytime and Early Peak, and Muslim Alim, Commissioning Editor BBC Daytime and Early-Peak. Series Two of Lightning is due to air next year.

Also coming up is Richard Osman’s House of Games Night, which will be returning to BBC One primetime schedules with six new episodes, following its successful run on BBC One last year. Richard Osman’s House of Games Night is commissioned by Alex McLeod, Commissioning Editor for Daytime and Early Peak. It is made by Remarkable TV, a Banijay UK Company, and is executive produced by Tamara Gilder.

Jon Creamer

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