Media release: STV Productions commissioned to make new series of Catchphrase for ITV


ITV has commissioned STV Productions to make a sixth series of the iconic game show Catchphrase.

The new series will comprise 8 x 45’ episodes featuring a line-up of hopeful contestants, plus two x 60’ celebrity specials, with guests including Tess Daley, Jonathan Ross and Chris Kamara. The commissioning executive for ITV is Gemma John Lewis.

With a format which has proved a real hit with viewers, the show involves contestants guessing a catchphrase through a series of animated clues to win money for each they name correctly in the first rounds – and earn even more if they solve the bonus catchphrase. The contestant winning the highest amount of cash then advances to the super catchphrase which offers the chance to bag up to £50,000 – plus a holiday.

In the celebrity editions of Catchphrase, the famous faces compete to win donations of up to £50,000 for their chosen charity.

Popular presenter, Stephen Mulhern – joined by animated sidekick, Mr Chips – will once again host the latest series and invite players to ‘say what they see’.

Stephen Mulhern said: “I’m really excited to be bringing Catchphrase back for another series. Filming it is always great fun and full of surprises and some of the guesses that contestants come up with turn out to be comedy gold so I’m sure viewers are in for some more great entertainment.”

Gary Chippington, head of Entertainment at STV Productions, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be making more new episodes of Catchphrase. People watch in their millions because it’s the ultimate play-along show and we’ve got some great new catchphrases lined up in the new series to keep everyone ‘pressing and guessing’ at home.”


For further information, please contact the STV press office:

Ellen Drummond – 0141 300 3341

Anna Hendry – 0141 300 3830

STV Productions

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.

The company has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, for a wide range of broadcasters.  Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for 15 series on the BBC, along with six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. A further three series of Antiques Road Trip is now in production and the seventh series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is about to air.

In entertainment, the company has produced five series of Catchphrase for ITV and two series of Safeword for ITV2, as well as reality format Tour de Celeb for Channel 5 and The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W.

Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2 and Life After: Chernobyl for Animal Planet US.

In documentaries, Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2, commemorating one of the most tragic days in Scotland’s modern history, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary.

Other STV Productions documentaries include: Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV; two series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1; Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two; The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel and ITV; The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV; Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4; The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel; and Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus with ambitions to build on this reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV, and the business recently secured its first BBC drama commission – four part thriller The Victim for BBC One, which is now in pre-production.

STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats outside the UK.

In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Motion Content Group to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.

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