The Jim Henson Company is going abroad with a brand new series featuring brand new puppets for the BBC.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, BBC One has ordered eight episodes of "That Puppet Game Show" from the people who brought us "The Muppets."
The series is described as an off the wall, family friendly project. It will reportedly be a mixture of game show and sitcom, with two celebrity guests for each 45 minute episode going head to head for £10k for their respective charities. The guests will compete in unique physical and mental challenges while also joining in on a variety of comedy sketches.
The episodes will be hosted by new puppet creation Dougie Colon, loosely based on presenter Vernon Kay ("Skating with the Stars"), while each game will be headed by a unique puppet who is an 'expert' in the field. In addition to the game show aspect, each episode will feature a sitcom which will show the puppets who work behind the scenes to 'produce' the series, from bullish show executive Udders McGhee to producer Mancie.
Brian Henson and Derek McLean will serve as executive producers on the project, a co-production of The Jim Henson Company and BBC In-House Entertainment.
"That Puppet Game Show" is set to premiere on BBC One later this year.