Hit US guessing game show Password is to make its debut in the UK with a brand-new series for ITV and ITV X, produced by Fremantle label Talkback.

Password stars comics Alan Carr and  actor and writer Daisy May Cooper as resident team captains, with Stephen Mangan running the show as host.

The word association game sees Carr and Cooper each pair up with contestants and give one-word clues to help their teammate guess a mystery password, with a cash prize in our Jackpot final.

The seven part series is executive produced for Talkback by Jonno Richards and Laura Gibson with Juliet Morrish as the series producer. The series was commissioned by Joe Mace, commissioning editor at ITV & Katie Rawcliffe, head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV.

Stephen Mangan says: “Password is a fantastic game show so it’s an absolute pleasure to be the host. Although how I’m going to keep Daisy and Alan in line I don’t know!”

Alan Carr says: “I can’t wait to wipe the floor with Daisy, she’ll be heading back to the West Country with her tail between her legs. If only her brain was as big as her mouth”.

Daisy May Cooper adds: “I’m looking forward to knocking the glasses off Alan with my exceptional talent for this game. I know that…given both our training (Me – drama school, Alan – Tesco) that between us (meaning mostly me) we will be able to win people lots of cash (just to reiterate when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘me’)”

Jonno Richards, Managing Director, Talkback, a Fremantle label says: “We’re so excited to be launching Password in the UK with the fantastic Alan, Daisy and Stephen. These three stars combined with some brilliant contestants & a cracking game promises to be a real treat for the ITV viewer.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, says: “Password is a brilliantly fun format greatly complemented by a fabulous on-screen trio in Alan, Daisy and Stephen. 2023 has been a great year for game shows on ITV, and there are plenty more to come in 2024.”

Password was created by Bob Stewart for Goodson-Todman Productions, and the format is now owned by global entertainment leader, Fremantle. The series originally launched on CBS in 1961 and ran for over 1,500 episodes before moving to ABC in 1971. NBC revived the show in 1979 and 1984, and CBS also made a primetime series Million Dollar Password in 2008.

It was successfully revived in the US, starring Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Keke Palmer in 2022 with the refreshed series launching as the most-watched new unscripted series premier of the summer across US broadcast networks ahead of five other titles. The latest adaptions of the format will be next launching in Spain and Mexico.

Fremantle has international production and distribution rights to the Password format.

Pippa Considine

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