entertainment

New Sky commissions include Cat Deeley-fronted singing competition

Phil Edgar Jones, Sky’s Head of Entertainment, promised that the shows would “make Sky 1 even bigger, bolder and better by bringing… three epic entertainment shows to the channel. There’s something to get everyone either on the edge of their seats or dancing around the living room.”

Bromans to fight it out on ITV2

Cameras will follow eight modern day couples as they're transported to a world where they'll live and fight like the Romans did 2000 years ago.

The boys will endure a gruelling training regime, overseen by the 'Doctore' (David McIntosh), to prepare for gladiatorial combat in front of a baying crowd in the colosseum. Their girlfriends will come along too, helping them to train, as well as immersing themselves in ancient Roman lifestyle, trying everything from wine making to sculpting. 

Miranda Hart developing entertainment show for Channel 4

The channel is remaining tight-lipped on the nature of the programme, but its Head of Entertainment, TV Events and Sport, Ed Havard, announced that he has commissioned a one-hour pilot from Hart and her production company King Bert.

Hart won a host of RTS awards for her sitcom Miranda, including the Programme Award for Comedy Performance two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011.

Havard has also announced two further commissions for entertainment shows.

Alan Carr to host The Price is Right for Channel 4

The show is set to be packed with amazing prizes and hysterical games, providing good family entertainment.

Alan Carr said, “I'm so excited to be the new host of The Price is Right. It's proper bucket list territory for me as I loved it when I was growing up and now for me to be at the helm of such a legendary show is a dream come true. It just leaves me with one thing to say ... COME ON DOWN!”

BBC announce Pitch Perfect-inspired singing battle show

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Pitch Battle (working title) will pit some of the nation’s best choirs against each other in a range of choral challenges. These include Pitch Perfect inspired ‘Riff Offs’, a soloists challenge and an a capella round.

Competing choirs will be drawn from a range of musical styles: including pop, rock, folk, gospel and even fishermen’s choirs.

Robot Wars returns to BBC Two

Robot Wars, Razer, BBC Two

The show is coming back to BBC Two having originally run from 1998 to 2001 on the channel, before moving to Channel 5 for a final series in 2003.

The six-part series promises even more innovative fighting machines thanks to a raft of technological advances in the 12 years since it was last on air, as well as a behind the scenes look at the science of the robots featured.

Alan Tyler, BBC Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, promised “a mix of real people, real passion and raw power.”