BBC One Orders New Quiz Show ‘The Link’, WB To Shop Format Globally

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BBC One is adding another quiz show to their daytime line up. The broadcaster has ordered new quiz format The Link, which hails from STV Productions and LTV.

The Link, which has received an order for 25 episodes, is being hosted by Mark Williams (Harry Potter) and sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions. It’s a game that rewards daring, strategy and teamwork. The executive producers are Gary Chippington, Jo Street and Paul Johnson.

The Link appealed to us because of its innovative question style and challenging game play”, said BBC Daytime Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the series. “Mark Williams will give the show a different flavour which we hope will delight the audience.”

In addition, Warner Bros. International Television Production has taken the global format rights to The Link, with a US version already in the works. Warner Bros are expected to launch the format at MIPTV.

Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “STV Productions has a proven track record in entertainment and we are excited to be partnering with LTV on The Link. It is both STV’s and LTV’s first opportunity to work with BBC Daytime in this genre. This exciting new format rewards strategy, teamwork and quick thinking, and will keep both contestants and viewers on the edge of their seats. We are also thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. International Television Production in a deal that brings a fantastic opportunity for The Link to reach new audiences worldwide.”

While Andrew Zein, Senior Vice-President, Creative, Format Development and Sales for Warner Bros. International Television Production, added: “We know that great game shows are back at the top of broadcasters’ wish lists. The Link is that rare thing — an original new quiz show with a strong identity in terms of both its game play and visual elements, commissioned in a key market. Our excitement is shared by Mike Darnell and his team at the Warner Bros. Television Group, who will be bringing it to market in the U.S.”