ITV2 has commissioned Gogglebox Entertainment – the indie which is a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television – to produce Release The Hounds, a new horror gameshow. Release The Hounds, which will be hosted by Reggie Yates, is set to debut on ITV2 as a special in late October, while Sony Pictures Television will be launching the format to international buyers at MIPCOM.
Release The Hounds sees three unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk, in a quest to unlock chests full of prize money. The not so fearless friends responded to an advert for the chance to win, but little do they know, in order to win big, they have to face the scariest challenges ever endured on TV. To locate the keys, the friends must enter a field of crucified scarecrows, descend beneath the floorboards in a deserted cabin, and read bedtime stories in the nursery from hell. But the ultimate challenge for them all is to out-run a pack of hounds, trained to guard the cash. If they manage to escape, the money belongs to them. The show’s presenter 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.
ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Angela Jain, who ordered Release The Hounds, said: “Release The Hounds combines horror with a gameshow. It’s genuinely scary and funny in equal measure and just perfect for Halloween.”
Adam Wood, joint managing director of Gogglebox Entertainment, commented: “Release The Hounds dials the television scare-o-meter up to new levels. To escape with the money contestants not only have to overcome terrifying challenges but also the primeval fear of being chased – they deserve every penny they get!”
While Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, added: “Formats that really get audiences animated are the product of taking risks and defying boundaries – two qualities at the heart of development across our global production family. Release the Hounds is the perfect example of this spirit and we can’t wait to unleash it with buyers in Cannes next week.”