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Jimmy Carr, Fay Ripley and Ellie Simmonds in Catchphrase celeb special

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ITV’s hit game show Catchphrase kicks off the new year with a hilarious celebrity special on 6 January.
 
Comedian Jimmy Carr, Cold Feet star Fay Ripley and Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds show off their most competitive sides in the show, which airs at 18.00, with all three equally determined to walk away with £50,000 for their chosen charity.
 
Jimmy plays to win funds for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital burns unit, Ellie supports the Dwarf Sports Association and Fay competes to win cash for Matthew's Friends.
 
Popular host Stephen Mulhern - joined as always by his animated sidekick, Mr Chips - invites the star players to ‘say what they see’ to guess the familiar catchphrases, and viewers can expect lots of laughs along the way.
 
When all of the celebs fail to guess a particularly tricky catchphrase and the audience shout the correct answer, "Dip into your savings!", Jimmy replies: "I haven't got any savings - I've got a massive tax bill!”.
 
Gary Chippington, head of entertainment at STV Productions, which produces Catchphrase for ITV, said: “Our celebrity special starring Jimmy, Fay and Ellie is one of our funniest episodes ever so we hope viewers tune in to shout at the telly at home.”
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Ellen Drummond
0141 300 3341 / 07803 970143 
ellen.drummond@stv.tv
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv 
 
 
STV Productions
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. 
 
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 fifteen series on the BBC, along with six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. A further three series of Antiques Road Trip is now in production and the seventh series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is about to air.
 
In entertainment, the company has produced five series of Catchphrase for ITV and two series of Safeword for ITV2, as well as reality format Tour de Celeb for Channel 5 and The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W.
 
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2 and Life After: Chernobyl for Animal Planet US.
 
In documentaries, Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2, commemorating one of the most tragic days in Scotland’s modern history, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary.
 
Other STV Productions documentaries include: Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV; two series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1; Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two; The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel and ITV; The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV; Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC Four; The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel; and Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
 
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus with ambitions to build on this reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV, and the business recently secured its first BBC drama commission - four part thriller The Victim for BBC One, which is now in pre-production.
 
STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats outside the UK.
 
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Motion Content Group to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.