BBC Orders ‘Crystal Maze’-Meets-‘Ninja Warrior’-Style Primetime Gameshow ‘First & Last’

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The BBC has commissioned Crystal Maze-meets-Ninja Warrior-style primetime gameshow First and Last, as first revealed by Deadline.

British comedian Jason Manford is to host the comedy game show from Endemol Shine’s Zeppotron.

The six-part series will air on BBC One. Deadline broke the news that the British public broadcaster was developing a UK version, with local productions also being worked up in Brazil, China, Italy and Ukraine.

The show puts contestants through a succession of ingenious rounds, all of which have one golden rule – players mustn’t come first or last in any game. If they do, they will be eliminated. Eleven players start each show and compete across a range of downright daft, stupidly funny, play-along-at-home games that will see one of them leave with a cash prize of up to £10,000. To win, they’ll need to judge every round to perfection and hold their nerve in the nail-biting endgame.

First and Last is was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, and Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers for Zeppotron are Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips and Karen Murdoch. Keith Cotton is series producer. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Pinki Chambers

Manford, who previously hosted ITV’s Bigheads, said, “I’m so excited to be presenting this brand new show, First and Last, for BBC One. As I get older I try not to be involved in any show that I 100% wouldn’t watch myself, and this to me is classic early Saturday evening telly. It’s fun and light-hearted with great characters and silly games. I always think when the world feels a bit hard and tough, you want to be able to flick the telly on and block all of that stuff out by having a good laugh.”

Zeppotron’s Holmes said, “First and Last is a beautifully simple premise around which to build all sorts of studio silliness and gameshow tension, and we’re delighted to have Jason at the heart of the show.”

BBC’s Phillips added, “With one very simple rule at its heart this show is simply great and in Jason we have a great host.”

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