Push The Button

Saturday, 12 February 2011, 7:20PM – 8:35PM

TV’s favourite duo, Ant and Dec are back with a new series of their popular entertainment show, Push The Button…and it’s live. 

This series, the award winning presenters will be joining two competing families becoming their fifth member as they attempt to hold onto £100,000. During the four rounds the families will battle it out – and the only way to stop the money slipping away is to Push The Button 

Live each Saturday night, Ant and Dec will be guiding their respective ‘families’ through a host of madcap games, with favourites from last series including ‘Simon Cowell’s Teeth’, You Do The Maths and ‘Boxing Clever’ making a return, plus lots of brand new and exciting challenges. 

There will also be surprises for some members of the studio audience and the viewers at home as they too will be in with the chance to win cash prizes. Each week, one hundred lucky members of the public will be invited to appear in the show’s ‘Happy Hundred’ – Push the Button’s VIP section of the audience. With the best seats in the house they’ll get a close up view of the show and Ant and Dec – and they might even be invited to join the antics on stage. 

Viewers at home will also have the opportunity to win a host of fantastic prizes including a holiday and a brand new car from the comfort of their living rooms simply by picking up their phones and taking part in ‘Play It Again Dave’. 

But for the winning family the pressure is really on, as this series only one member of their team will go head to head with DAVE. To walk away with their total cash they will have to correctly identify a host of random sequences with no help from their family. 

In an exciting new twist, the winning family will have the chance to increase their prize money as they are invited back to battle it out against a brand new family. Each week the reigning team’s current prize money will be banked and they will receive a new starting amount of £100,000. 

Ant says: “We can’t wait to get going on another series of Push The Button. We’ve got loads of big, fun, and of course very silly games for our families to take on.” 

Dec adds: “Live TV is always exciting and unpredictable and with all the new twists and turns, the second series of Push The Button will definitely liven up your Saturday nights and start the Spring with a bang!” 

Commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment and John Kaye Cooper, ITV’s Controller of Entertainment, the new series of Push The Button will air for eight weeks. 

Produced for ITV by Gallowgate, Series Producer will again be Tom Beck and Executive Producer Ed Forsdick.

Ant and Dec (it’s never ‘Dec and Ant’ is it? I wonder if they ever argue about it, Lennon and McCartney style) and ITV folks are knocking their many heads together to make a new family challenge gameshow as the long-term replacement for Saturday Night Takeaway.

With a working title of Push The Button (a keeper, I think), the show is all but commissioned from the presenters’ indie production company, Gallowgate.

The duo will front the new show and start each episode by surprising two families in their homes (a bit like Noel’s House Party used to do). The format is still evolving but will see the families go head to head in a series of challenges.

Each family begins the show with a prize fund, which is reduced according to how long they spend on each challenge.

The contestants must conserve their winnings by completing the tasks as quickly as possible and in some games will “push the button” to stop the clock.

At the end of the show, the family with the highest remaining prize fund goes forward to take part in a jackpot game.

Not only that, but in true variety mode, the programme will be cut up comedy sketches and celebrity guests.

The show could make its bow as early as next year, should it get green-lit. They’ll probably have to find a sponsor too, as all prime-time shows are financially helped by someone or other.

Saturday Night Takeaway doesn’t seemed to be in the pipeline for more shows as yet, as it’s understood that the pair want to keep the show on the backburner while they try out new ideas. If they get this right, which in fairness, it sounds like they will, SNT could well lie dormant for a considerable length of time.

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