‘A League Of Their Own’ & ‘There’s Something About Movies’ Return To Filming For Sky One
Sky One panel shows ‘A League Of Their Own’ and ‘There’s Something About Movies’ are both set to return to filming this month, with the new seasons landing on screen later this year.
‘There’s Something About Movies’ starts filming its third series with Alan Carr as host once again with Jennifer Saunders and Michael Sheen returning as team captains. They’ll be joined by Tom Allen, as well as stars of the big screen and guests from the world of entertainment for a feast of film trivia, movie insights and the infamous re-enactments.
Guests lined up to put their movie knowledge to the test include BAFTA-nominated actors, Stephen Graham and Gemma Arterton, national treasure Joanna Lumley, actor/writer Nick Frost and comedian Phil Wang. Fan-favourite end games, where the celebrity panels are challenged to re-create iconic scenes from the big screen, will make a welcome return. Episode six of the series will also be the show’s first-ever Christmas Special and will air during the 2020 festive period.
“Not only am I really excited to be able to leave the house but also I am buzzing to get started on series 3 of There’s Something About Movies,” commented Alan Carr. “Boy have I missed mucking around with Tom Allen, Jennifer Saunders and Michael Sheen and although going to the cinema seems like a distant memory, we will be doing our best to recreate some of the movie magic that we’ve all been missing this summer. Bring it on!”
The upcoming fifteenth season of ‘A League of Their Own’ will be the first in a new three-season extension deal between Sky and production company CPL Productions. The show has been a stalwart in Sky’s entertainment portfolio over the past decade and one of the most popular shows on Sky One.
“We can’t tell you how good it feels to be getting back to the studio. We love this show and CPL and Sky have done everything possible to make this happen,” commented Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff. “There’ll be challenges we can’t wait to get stuck into and we’re sure we’ll be kept on our toes.”
Both shows will film without a live audience for the first time but will still include the fan-favourite end games, VTs which have started filming and challenges throughout the series.
“Despite the challenging circumstances, we are going to do our utmost to make League of their Own as good as it always is, and I can say that with confidence because other people have to sort all that out and it requires no extra work from me,” added Romesh Ranganathan.
The safety and well-being of cast, production teams and all those involved with both series is the top priority, while production company CPL and Sky are working to keep the shows as close to the original formats as possible within current government guidelines.
“It’s great to be getting back into the studio with two of our big entertainment shows,” said Murray Boland, Creative Director, CPL. “There are obviously huge challenges to filming in a safe way during the current pandemic. However, the teams on both A League of Their Own and There’s Something About Movies have been hugely inventive in coming up with solutions that keep everyone safe, while making sure that both shows are as action-packed and funny as always.”
Last month, Sky restarted some scripted productions across Europe with Sky original ‘Ich Und Die Anderen’ returning to production in Vienna and Sky Studios and Sagafilm co-production ‘Sisterhood’ beginning shooting in Iceland. The learnings and insights from these productions have helped inform Sky’s plans to return to scripted production in the UK later this summer.
‘There’s Something About Movies’ and ‘A League of Their Own’ are commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor across both programmes for Sky is Barbara Lee. The Executive Producers for CPL Productions are David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux, and the Executive Producer for Motion Content Group is Martin Oxley.
‘A League Of Their Own’ Season 15 and ‘There’s Something About Movies’ Season 3 will air on Sky One later in 2020.
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