BBC One’s popular daytime quiz show, Bridge of Lies, has been given the green light for a third series, while the primetime celebrity edition will also make a highly-anticipated return for its second series. Fans can expect an exciting line-up of new episodes in 2024, with the celebrity specials airing in primetime and regular episodes following on BBC One Daytime.
Hosted by the charismatic Ross Kemp, the show has garnered overwhelming praise and support from audiences across the nation. Kemp expressed his delight at the show’s recommission, stating, “I’m overwhelmed at the response we’ve had from audiences for this show. It’s great for all the family to get involved in, both in the day and on Saturday evenings. Hosting Bridge of Lies, with all its jeopardy, tension, and hilarious moments, is one of the most enjoyable parts of my year, so I’m delighted it’s been recommissioned by the BBC and can’t wait to get back filming in Glasgow.”
Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime, also expressed his excitement, highlighting the show’s popularity among daytime viewers. Unsworth remarked, “Bridge of Lies has been a real hit with Daytime audiences, so I’m delighted to be bringing it back for a third series. It’s a unique and winning format, and Ross does a brilliant job of making contestants feel at ease when they’re under pressure. I know viewers will be as excited as I am to see it return.”
Bridge of Lies features teams of contestants vying for cash prizes by navigating a treacherous bridge made of stepping stones across the studio floor. Each stone presents a different option, requiring the players to differentiate between truth and deception to successfully reach the other side. A single misstep can result in elimination from the game. Currently, series three is actively seeking participants who are up for the challenge*.
Gary Chippington, Creative Director of Entertainment at STV Studios, expressed his pride in the show’s success and its positive reception from both audiences and critics. Chippington credited Ross Kemp’s significant contribution to the show’s triumph and eagerly anticipated returning to the Glasgow studio with the host, a fresh batch of contestants, and the exceptional production team.
The inaugural series of Celebrity Bridge of Lies delighted viewers with its star-studded line-up, featuring soap actors, pop icons, comedians, radio broadcasters, Strictly stars, sporting legends, TV presenters, and memorable queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK.
Kalpna Patel-Knight, BBC Head of Entertainment Commissioning, expressed her excitement about the show’s renewal, emphasising its popularity with daytime audiences. She eagerly awaits witnessing the next group of competitive celebrities tackle the bridge’s pressure while enjoying the company of the humorous and formidable host, Ross Kemp.
Filmed and produced in Glasgow, Bridge of Lies was commissioned by BBC Daytime as part of a competitive initiative to discover innovative new quiz formats originating from Scotland. The celebrity edition was ordered by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, while series three for BBC Daytime was recommissioned by Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak. The Commissioning Editors for the show are Alex McLeod and Neil McCallum.
STV Studios, the creative minds behind Bridge of Lies, will continue their involvement, with Gary Chippington serving as the Executive Producer. BBC Studios Distribution handles international format sales, excluding the United States.