Hit BBC One Daytime quiz show Bridge of Lies will return for a third series, and the primetime celebrity series will also be back for series two.
The new celebrity episodes (8×45) will air in primetime, while regular episodes (25×45) of the STV Studios-produced show will follow on BBC One Daytime, both coming in 2024.
Host Ross Kemp says: “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 comments: “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 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 sees teams of contestants competing for cash by crossing a bridge made up of stepping stones across the studio floor. Each stepping stone has a different option, and the players must try to get from A to B by stepping on the truths and avoiding the lies, or risk falling off the bridge and out of the game. Series three is currently looking for contestants to take part*.
Gary Chippington, Creative Director of Entertainment at STV Studios, says: “We are so proud of this show. It’s gone from strength to strength and we were delighted by the reaction to the latest series and celebrity specials from audiences and critics alike. Our wonderful host, Ross Kemp, plays a huge part in the show’s success, and we’re looking forward to being back in the Glasgow studio with him, some brilliant new contestants and our fantastic production team later this year.”
The first series of Celebrity Bridge of Lies featured teams of soap actors, pop icons, comedians, radio broadcasters, Strictly stars, sporting legends, TV presenters, and some of the most memorable queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK.
Kalpna Patel-Knight, BBC Head of Entertainment Commissioning said: “Bridge of Lies was a big hit with Daytime audiences, so to bring it back for a third series and commission another primetime version is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing our next batch of competitive celebrities deal with the pressure of the bridge and the pressure of being in the funny and formidable company of Ross, our superb host.”
Filmed and produced in Glasgow, Bridge of Lies was commissioned by BBC Daytime as part of a competitive initiative to find innovative new quiz formats made in Scotland. Celebrity Bridge of Lies has been ordered by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, while series three for BBC Daytime has been recommissioned by Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak. The Commissioning Editors are Alex McLeod and Neil McCallum.
Both series will again be produced by Bridge of Lies creators STV Studios, with Gary Chippington, STV Studios’ Creative Director of Entertainment, continuing to serve as Executive Producer. International format sales, outside of the US, are handled by BBC Studios Distribution.
You can apply to be a contestant on series three via BBC Take Part: https://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/take-part/bridge-of-lies