BBC1 'Breaks the Safe' on Saturday Nights

BBC1 'Breaks the Safe' on Saturday Nights
04 Dec 2012


Brand new National Lottery show hosted by Nick Knowles

Thames Scotland (part of FremantleMedia UK) has been commissioned to produce a brand new quiz show for Saturday nights on BBC One, to air in 2013.  Hosted by Nick Knowles, Break the Safe (8 x 40 minutes) will see three pairs battle it out to ‘break the safe’ and take up to £100,000 as a clock counts down the time. Break the Safe was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One; Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning; and Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning Alan Tyler.

The three couples take part in a question and answer session to determine which of them will be the last pair standing, and the pairing who will ultimately attempt to ‘break the safe’.  The safe contains £100,000 – but how much one pair will play for depends on how much money they earn throughout the various Q&A rounds in the show.

"It’s a game of nerve and skill – nail biting to the end!” commented Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment, Thames and Executive Producer, Break the Safe.  “Being so close to so much money puts an added pressure and focus on our pairs, but it’s only those with real nerve who will succeed in the end.”

Alan Tyler said: “Break the Safe has the potential to be a gripping watch. The pilot felt nerve jangling and fresh in equal measure and we are excited to be commissioning this for the BBC One audience.”

The Executive Producers are Suzy Lamb and Sarah Woolley for Thames and Alan Tyler for the BBC. 


For further information:
Susan Wilks, Head of Publicity and Corporate Communications, Tel: 020 7691 6137

Notes to Editors:
FremantleMedia UK
is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.  FremantleMedia UK, comprises of a group of labels, Talkback, Retort, Boundless, Thames and Newman Street, which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows.   The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Dan Baldwin, Jon Rolph, Patrick Holland, Richard Holloway and Paul Marquess.  Across the group the labels provide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets.  With an unparalleled range of programming including:  The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Take Me Out, Over The Rainbow, Blockbusters, The Apprentice, You’re Fired, Can’t Take It With You, Four Rooms, Grand Designs, Great British Railway Journeys, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, QI, The Rob Brydon Show, The Sinking of the Laconia, Kidnap and Ransom and Holy Flying Circus  - the Group has aired over 450 hours of programming on terrestrial TV in the past 12 months alone.  

Thames shows currently on air:
The X Factor/The Xtra Factor    ITV1/ITV2
Take Me Out/Take Me Out: The Gossip  ITV1/ITV2
1001 Things You Should Know…   Channel 4 
All Star Family Fortunes   ITV1
That Dog Can Dance! (end December) ITV1