BBC One game show The Link gets recommissioned
– the show inspired by family quiz game Linkee returns to screens later in the year-
The Link, the BBC One game show inspired by super-simple quiz game, Linkee, has been recommissioned after its successful debut earlier this year. After ranking as the number one programme in its daytime slot, The Link returns later this year with a 40-episode run.
Host Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings and Harry Potter) also returns to oversee proceedings. The addictive show remains true to the original shouty-outy, link-spotting gameplay of the boxed game, Linkee. Three teams, over the course of 45 minutes, race against time to find the link between the answers. Daring, strategy and teamwork are all rewarded – make the connections, break the links and win the money. Simple.
“This is the best news Dean’s nan has had all year,” says Linkee’s Tristan Williams. “She loves watching The Link and she isn’t the only one. Over a million people tuned in to every episode of the first series so hopefully they’ll be glued to the box again. And fingers crossed they’ll all rush out and buy Linkee for Christmas too!”
The Link was developed by Tuvalu Entertainment and STV Productions in collaboration with Team Linkee. It was first mooted as an idea when Tris, Dean and Ben braved Dragons’ Den last summer. The Dragon’s turned their noses up at the suggestion but luckily the BBC didn’t. The first series aired in May 2014 and was an instant hit.
As for the Linkee game that started it all off, it’s now licensed to John Adams Leisure Ltd., under the well-known ‘Ideal’ games brand. Highly successful in developing and marketing innovative toys & games, John Adams have launched a brand new version with all-new questions – over a 100 of which have been written by Linkee fans – fancy coloured pencils and printed pads. It’s available to buy in most major retailers, including Argos, John Lewis, Toys-R-Us, Amazon and a number of independent High Street stores across the UK, priced at £19.99.
The Link is produced by STV Productions in association with LTV.