A new Saturday night entertainment series is being made at The Studios MediaCityUK, the first show to be recorded in the multi million pound facilities.
Filming commenced last week for Don’t Scare the Hare, an innovative new family game-show made for BBC One, hosted by The Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury.
Production for the nine-part series is taking place in HQ1 the largest of MediaCityUK’s seven HD studios (operated through a joint venture between Peel Media and SIS) and is being shot in front of a live studio audience.
Each episode combines comedy, tension and slapstick, as two teams of contestants not only have to take on each other but also the star of the show a four-feet tall, fully animatronic robot hare.
Andy Waters, Head of Studios, MediaCityUK said: “It’s fantastic that we can mark the opening of The Studios with the filming of an inventive new programme such as Don’t Scare the Hare. The Studios offer an enhanced range of production and technical services suited for this type of show and we are excited to see the finished result”
Alan Tyler, executive editor BBC Entertainment, says: “Don’t Scare the Hare cleverly captures the spirit and fun of interactive family video-games that has been sweeping the nation. We’re excited about bringing this experimental new format to early Saturday evenings on BBC One. And it seems like a perfect fit that this new show should be first to use the brand new studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.”
Don’t Scare the Hare is produced by Initial Scotland, an Endemol company for BBC One. The executive producer is Tom Blakeson and series producer is Neil Gallery. The BBC executive producer is Alan Tyler. The series was commissioned by Danny Cohen, controller BBC One, Mark Linsey, controller entertainment commissioning and Alan Tyler.