ITV Orders Comedy Panel Show ‘The Imitation Game’; Alexander Armstrong Set As Host, Rory Bremner & Debra Stephenson Are Team Captains

ITV has given the greenlight to The Imitation Game – a new impressionist comedy panel show that will be hosted by Pointless‘ Alexander Armstrong and feature Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson as the team captains.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this one of a kind panel show, alongside the brilliant Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson and a host of incredible guest impressionists, and celebrities”, said Alexander Armstrong.

The Imitation Game will see the two teams go head-to-head in a number of fast-paced games and challenges where they must provide a variety of impressions – as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities. Confirmed guest stars include Alistair McGowan, Jan Ravens, Jon Culshaw, Ronni Ancona, Anil Desai and Jess Robinson.

“In the hands of our brilliant impressionists, it’s going to be so much fun to see who’s going to be dropping in to The Imitation Game to play along”, said Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Comedy, who commissioned the series. “It’s a rare thing for a show to potentially have Donald Trump, Mary Berry, Adele and Phillip Schofield as guests!”

The Imitation Game is set up as a co-production between Big Talk Productions and Random Entertainment. The executive producers are Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Saurabh Kakkar for Big Talk and Jon Naismith and Graeme Garden for Random Entertainment. Seven episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season. Production gets underway this month for broadcast later this year.