Kermit The FrogMove aside Don’t Scare The Hare, BBC One is to launch it’s latest ‘Saturday night show like no other’ which involves puppets and celebrities.

Each week two famous faces will take part on That Puppet Game Show a mix of puppet comedy and  games. As the only humans who appear on the show, the celebrity contestants will go head to head in a number of games, each hoping to win £10,000 for their chosen charity.

They’ll compete in subjects such as sport, science, celebrity, nature, music and mental agility.

“Dougie Colon (pronounced cologne) will host the show with each of the individual games run and hosted by a different puppet character, who is an expert in their field. But that’s only half the story…” – BBC

In a twist, That Puppet Game Show is the first gameshow to also include a backstage sitcom. It features all the puppet characters that we’ve met onstage and more, like the producer Mancie and the bullish show executive, Udders McGhee.

Does it sound like a reworking of the ATV series The Muppet Show? Which, set in a theatre, used to have audience performances, celebrity guests and backstage dramas?

Well that may be down to the latest production coming from The Jim Henson Company who devised the Muppet characters in the 1950s and were part of the creative team at the ATV Elstree production of the original Muppet series for ITV.

Host of That Puppet Game Show, Dougie Colon, says: “I can’t wait to get stuck in to the new show. We have a whole host of celebs joining us and I can honestly say that they will have never have seen anything like this before!”

Celebrities that will be taking part in the show include Gary Lineker, Claudia Winkleman, Vernon Kay, Katherine Jenkins, Freddie Flintoff and Tess Daly.

Filming is currently underway and the eight part series will debut on BBC One later in the year.

In 1996 the Muppet characters returned to UK screens when BBC One aired Muppets Tonight. Taking the original ITV format but setting the series in a television studio rather than a variety theatre proved a flop for the BBC. The show was dropped mid-run with nine episodes still to air. These have never been shown on terrestrial UK channels. The series proved more successful in America running for 22 episodes over two series.

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