After 15 years, ‘Challenge Anneka‘ is set to return to our screens later this month, this time on Channel 5, as Anneka Rice, alongside Dave the Soundman, set out to face more challenges across the UK.
For the younger readers amongst you, ‘Challenge Anneka’ starred Anneka Rice who was challenged to complete a task, usually helping deserving people or communities, over the course of a few days. Tasks ranged from building community gardens or children’s play areas to recording a charity album, all while trying to get local businesses to donate their time and resources for free. The other prominent fixture of the team was Dave the Soundman, who was technically there to record the audio, but often got pulled on camera to help out. The show originally aired from 1989 to 1995 for seven seasons on BBC One. ITV revived the format for two specials which aired in 2006 and 2007.
The series will, once again, shine the light on everyday heroes and deserving communities at a time when they’ve never needed help more. Across the series, the team will meet a wide range of inspirational people who will help Anneka move heaven and earth to achieve these challenges.
True to form we’ll see Anneka pulling up at secret locations to meet the individuals at the heart of the challenge and be briefed on the task at hand. With a mountain to climb, her trusty mobile, buggy, lorry and Dave the Soundman in tow – Anneka will be calling in big favours from big brands, big names and big groups of volunteers all keen to lend a hand.
The opening challenge of the four-episode series sees Anneka and the team head to Foal Farm in Kent, who have rescued and rehomed thousands of abandoned dogs. The Farm has reached overflowing capacity and they now have to face the heartache of turning homeless dogs away. That’s where Anneka’s challenge begins…
‘Challenge Anneka‘ premieres Saturday, 18 March 2023 at 8.50pm on Channel 5.