Hat Trick brings Israeli panel format to BBC2

MIPCOM: Hat Trick Productions is adapting Israeli news panel show format The Bubble for BBC2.

In a twist on the UK indie’s BBC1 show Have I Got News For You, The Bubble asks three celebrity contestants to separate true news stories from fakes after spending four days locked away in a country house with no phone, TV or internet access.

Host David Mitchell will present them with a mix of news reports, headlines and images from TV, newspapers and celebrity gossip magazines.

Mitchell, who has guest hosted HIGNFY, fronted a non-broadcast pilot earlier this year featuring Katy Brand and Frank Skinner.

The format was devised by Israeli company Armoza Formats, which has previously sold it to Israel’s Channel 10, Denmark’s DR1 and Poland’s TVP2.

Hat Trick managing director Jimmy Mulville said: “Its originality, comic approach to current affairs and exploration of our culture’s obsession with staying in touch make it a unique and appealing game show.”

Armoza chief executive Avi Armoza added: “Audiences are connecting with the series and its message about unplugging from the rush of daily life. In a uniquely comedic way, The Bubble addresses the funny side of our culture’s particular habits.”

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow and BBC entertainment executive Katie Taylor have greenlit a 6 x 30-minute series for 2010.

It will be produced by Nick Martin and executive produced for Hat Trick by Richard Wilson and for the BBC by Taylor.

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