Jason Manford is to front a primetime comedy gameshow for BBC One with one very simple rule: don’t come first or last.
“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!” – Jason Manford
First And Last, which is being produced by Zeppotron, is a six-part series that will put 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 has been commissioned for six episodes, each filling a 45-minute slot. The Beeb have yet to finalise any broadcast information. Comedian Manford has previously hosted The One Show for BBC One.
“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.” – Peter Holmes, Zeppotron Executive Producer