BBC One has ordered Head Hunters, a new quiz show fronted by Rob Beckett, for their daytime schedule.
The series sees three ‘Head Hunters’ emerge from a ‘Talent Pool’ of twenty quizzers, following quick qualifying questions. To win the rolling jackpot at the end of each show, a winning Head Hunter must answer a question correctly from nine very different categories, in just 90 seconds.
Each day the categories are different. When they’re revealed a Head Hunter might feel secretly confident they can go it alone and win solo, or they might think two, three or four heads are better than one. If so, it’s now down to them to ‘hunt the heads’ that can help them handle all of these questions, recruiting candidates from the Talent Pool by bidding for their services with cash offers they can’t refuse.
The Talent Pool will be a rolling cast with contestants returning for several episodes creating a daily soap opera as allegiances are made, and broken. Head Hunters will air on weekdays for six weeks. It is being produced by Tuesday’s Child Scotland and will be filmed at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay. Karen Smith is the executive producer. The series was commissioned by BBC Commissioning Editor Jo Street and the BBC’s Controller of Programming & Daytime Dan McGolpin.
“When I was first approached about Head Hunters I was slightly worried that it might be a reality TV hunting show, and I would be shot by an ivory poacher. Luckily for me it’s a brilliant quiz show that I get to host”, said Rob Beckett. “It’s my first time hosting a quiz and I can’t wait to get stuck in. We will definitely have some laughs along the way as our Head Hunters bid, banter and sometimes offend their opponents in what promises to be an exciting new BBC quiz.”
“If knowledge has a price, how much will our Head Hunters be worth? £15,000? £1,500? Or £1.50? Every episode of Head Hunters will be different – some quizzers could be offered huge amounts by each other, some could be offensively small”, commented BBC Commissioning Editor Jo Street. “Either way Head Hunters will deliver BBC One Daytime viewers fun and games throughout.”
While Karen Smith, executive producer for Tuesday’s Child Scotland, added: “We’re thrilled that Head Hunters is the second commission for Tuesday’s Child Scotland. It’s an exciting quiz with lots of questions and loads of laughs. Rob is the perfect host – there’s plenty for him to get his teeth stuck into.”