After piloting the format with a one-off special fronted by Reggie Yates late last year, ITV2 is moving forward with “horror gameshow” Release The Hounds, TVWise has learned.
The broadcaster has handed a six episode series order to Release The Hounds which hails from the Sony Pictures Television backed indie Gogglebox Entertainment. The series, which will again be hosted by Yates, was commissioned by Kate Maddigan, ITV’s Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and ordered by Angela Jain, ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions. This marks the first series order for the format, which is being shopped internationally by SPT who are close to securing further series orders in other territories.
Release The Hounds sees a group unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk. These not so fearless friends will face terrifying challenges to get their hands on money locked in chests, but if they want to keep it they then have to out-run a pack of hounds guarding the loot.. The show’s presenter, Reggie Yates, is in communication from outside the forest, following the contestants’ progress throughout their fright night ordeal. Gogglebox Entertainment is producing with Adam Wood and Mat Steiner serving as executive producers.
“Release The Hounds was one of those rare things – a show that defies description but that once you watch it, just works – both terrifying and entertaining in equal measure, we are thrilled to bits that a full series will be on ITV”, said Angela Jain, ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions.
While Adam Wood, Joint Managing Director of Gogglebox Entertainment, added: “The Halloween special proved a big hit and a real talking point on social media. We look forward to spending many more pleasurable nights terrifying people in dark forests.”