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ITV commissions STV Productions to make fifth series of Catchphrase

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ITV has commissioned STV Productions to make a fifth series of hit game show Catchphrase.
 
Filming of the new series will start in February with 8 x 45’ episodes going into production.
 
TV favourite Stephen Mulhern will return to host the iconic show, joined by trusted animated sidekick, Mr Chips and a host of new contestants going head-to-head to ‘say what they see’.
 
The series was commissioned by Peter Davey, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment at ITV.
 
Gary Chippington, Head of Entertainment at STV Productions, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with ITV and Stephen again on the best play-along show on TV. It's fantastic to see that Catchphrase remains such a big hit with viewers and I hope they keep joining in the fun and shouting at their screens with these new episodes.”
 
The fourth series of Catchphrase is currently showing on STV and ITV, Saturday nights at 6.15pm.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Richard Holligan
0141 300 3416
richard.holligan@stv.tv
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv 
 
Notes to editors
 
About STV Productions
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for growth both domestically and internationally. 
 
The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, entertainment and factual for a wide range of broadcasters.    Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for twelve series on the BBC, with a further five series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip also produced.    In entertainment, the company produces Catchphrase for ITV, Safeword for ITV2, The Link for BBC Daytime and The Lie for STV, TV3 in Ireland and S4C in Wales.  
 
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1 and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2.    Documentaries have been another strong growth area.    Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.   Since then we have produced The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel in the US and ITV, The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV, Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4, and Prison: First and Last 24 hours, an 8 hour series for Sky1. Coming soon is Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2.
 
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus and intends to build on this solid reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has script commissions from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
 
STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats, outside the UK.
 
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Group M Entertainment Ltd to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.