Tipping Point heads west.
“The Tipping Point team are thrilled to be undertaking this substantial order and committed to delivering a host of thrilling jackpot finales from our new home at The Bottle Yard Studios.” – Peter Usher, Executive Producer and Creative Director of RDF’s entertainment label Fizz
Last week ITV commissioned quiz show Tipping Point for a further two years, with a total order of 354 episodes from producers Fizz, the entertainment arm of RDF. However with the closure of the former London Weekend Television studios – currently ITV Studios London – entertainment and game shows are being relocated to other ITV and independent facilities. Other programmes relocating include This Morning and Good Morning Britain which are heading over to Television Centre. Fizz will film the new episodes of Tipping Point at Bristol’s expansive Bottle Yard Studios, with the production teams based out of RDF West’s Bristol offices.
Hosted by Ben Shephard and currently in its 8th series, Tipping Point will return with 330 regular episodes and 24 of its prime-time variation Tipping Point Lucky Stars – across 2018 and 2019. This will be the 5th series of Lucky Stars, which has to date welcomed over 100 celebrities and raised nearly half a million pounds for charity.
The iconic Tipping Point machine is already being assembled in an 8,000 sq ft studio at The Bottle Yard. Control rooms and all backstage elements of production will also be based at the Studios.
A game of knowledge, skill and tactics, Tipping Point is centered around an extraordinary machine – a big version of the popular ‘Coin Pusher’ fairground game – filled with counters worth a monetary amount. The series continues to dominate its weekday 4pm slot, frequently attracting up to 3m viewers and well over 25% shares. The current run has peaked at just over 2.9 million viewers with a 32% share.
“We’re delighted to have Tipping Point here creating a new home at the Studios alongside The Crystal Maze. Welcoming a second major gameshow from Fizz and RDF is a fantastic reinforcement of our relationship and simply great news for Bristol.” – Fiona Francombe, The Bottle Yard’s Site Director