Channel 5 has ordered a reboot of the Challenge Anneka format.
The 4×60’ reboot, produced by Twofour and Krempelwood, sees Anneka Rice and her team of volunteers tackling “epic new challenges, responding to the new set of problems that people are facing.”
The series will shine the light on everyday heroes and deserving communities at a time when they’ve never needed help more. Across the series the team will meet a wide range of inspirational people who will help Anneka move heaven and earth to achieve these challenges.
True to form we’ll see Anneka pulling up at secret locations to meet the individuals at the heart of the challenge and be briefed on the task at hand. With a mountain to climb, her trusty mobile, buggy, lorry and Dave the Soundman in tow – Anneka will be calling in big favours from big brands, big names and big groups of volunteers all keen to lend a hand.
30 years on from the original series the challenges of course will be new and reflect Britain in 2022, but at its heart the series will still be about incredible people who really want to make a difference to the world they live in.
Anneka Rice said: “I can’t believe this is actually happening. The last few years have shown us all the power of community and how it’s good to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Dave the Soundman and I may have 130 years between us but the whole team is as motivated as ever to make a difference and shine a spotlight on people and organisations who need help. 3 decades on, the issues may look different but at their core they are the same; they’re about people and communities. And we may look a bit different too but our hearts and willingness to get stuck in are the same.”
Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor VP Non Scripted UK Originals Channel 5/Paramount+added: “I’m delighted to see the return of this series and also welcoming Anneka to Channel 5. There’s never been a better time to bring back such a loved series to our screens. The challenges promise to be timely, relevant and packed full of passionate and heart-warming people.”
Dan Adamson, Managing Director at Twofour commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Anneka and Channel 5 to bring back one of the great TV formats – exactly at a time when we need her most.”
Challenge Anneka is executive produced by Anneka Rice and Dan Adamson at Twofour. The Executive Producers at Krempelwood are Mark Wood and Blair Krempel. The series is commissioned for Channel 5 by Guy Davies – Commissioning Editor VP Non scripted Channel 5/ Paramount+. Twofour is part of ITV Studios.
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