Sky 1 HD today (Tuesday 29th July, 2014) announces THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SPEECH, a brand new 8 x 60 series from Twofour ('Educating Yorkshire'), that will take kids from schools across the country and help transform their lives through a debating competition. Working in collaboration with Debate Mate, a revolutionary educational charity that works with 200 schools nationwide and has helped over 4,000 disadvantaged young people to find their voice through debate, THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SPEECH is a joyful, uplifting and heartfelt look at the potential that can be unleashed in young adults today.
The commission of THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SPEECH is part of Sky 1 Director, Adam MacDonald’s priority investment in the channel’s 8pm slot, focusing on fresh thinking factual and entertainment formats, that he outlined last November. The series will air on the channel in 2015. The commission closely follows the recent announcement of THE SUN SET, also from Twofour, Sky 1’s first fixed rig series that explores the fascinating dynamics of the family holiday. And WELCOME TO MY GARDEN which celebrates the UK and Irelands’ passion for gardening.
THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SPEECH will see Sky 1 visit schools across the UK, charting the journeys of students as they make their way through a debating tournament. Transforming teenagers into confident young adults, Debate Mate mentors will challenge teams of students to become first-class debaters, building their confidence and developing life changing communication skills.
The winning teams from each school will then be brought together for the first time, competing head to head in a debating competition in front of a panel of judges. The finalists compete in a knockout tournament until one team are crowned the Kings & Queens of Speech 2014.
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 said “The Kings & Queens of Speech will be a fresh new addition to Sky 1s emerging slate of 8pm programming – it is going to thrill, move and energise Sky 1 customers across the generations”
Dan Adamson, Director of Programmes, Twofour said: "We're thrilled to be following the Debate Mate programme. We are looking forward to capturing all the emotion as young people, regardless of background or academic achievement, prove themselves on a national debating stage."
THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SPEECH has been commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Christopher Brogden and will be executive produced by Dan Adamson for Twofour and Deborah Sargeant for Sky. The series producer is Sam Grace for Twofour.
This year Sky will invest £600 million a year in original British content and production across its portfolio of channels. This commitment includes entertainment shows GOT TO DANCE and DUCK QUACKS DON’T ECHO; dramas such as STRIKE BACK and MOONFLEET; comedies including STELLA, DOLL & EM and MOONE BOY and factual shows as diverse as 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MAMMY, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW and ROSS KEMP EXTREME WORLD.