Legendary cricketer and broadcaster, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is to host ITV’s brand new adrenaline fuelled gameshow Cannonball.
Produced by Potato, the international hit format from Talpa is a high-octane series, in which contestants face a host of incredible inflatable obstacles and water-based challenges.
Joining Freddie as the pool side commentators are singer Frankie Bridge, presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Maya Jama and comedian Ryan Hand who will be reporting on all the action as the contestants fly, fall or flop into the water.
On each show, contestants of all ages will face supersized games in a custom-built water park that will test how high, how far and how fast they can fly through the air before they crash, splash, bang and wallop into the water on this adrenalin-fuelled fun-packed gameshow. The final will see contestants on a giant swing, launching themselves ‘cannonball-style’ at a huge moving target covering the surface of a gigantic deep-water tank as they attempt to become the winner of the coveted Cannonball Cup.
Each week 24 contestants will be split into groups of seven and attempt all four water based challenges that will test their speed, accuracy, height and distance. The challengers will rotate around each obstacle as they battle to be the top of their group. The four fastest from each group, will then go head to head in the final.
Filming for the series will take place in Valetta, Malta, and is due to commence in late April.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff said: “What’s not to love about this show: Gallons of water and giant great inflatable slides are the perfect recipe for some spectacular comedy moments but also throw into the mix some truly incredible feats from the contestants. I can’t wait to get started!”
Michael Kelpie, Managing Director of Potato, said: “Everybody loves a great waterpark when they’re on holiday and Cannonball is the gameshow version of the best waterpark in the world. At Potato, we love to make shows that we want to watch on telly. With Cannonball, we all want to have a go as well!”
Maarten Meijs, Managing Director of Talpa, said: “We’re thrilled that our exciting water battle has found a home at ITV together with Potato. The fun, summer vibe of the show has already made the format a great success in Australia and The Netherlands, and we’re looking forward to announcing more territories where Cannonball will make a splash soon.”
Cannonball, which will air on ITV later this year, was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey & Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy. Executive Producers for Potato are Martin Scott and Michael Kelpie, while Eve Winstanley is Series Editor. The 10-episode series includes a Christmas special and a ‘Splash Hits’ highlights show.