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In a joint bid, Hat Trick and Hindsight won the competitive tender to produce Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind. The tender was launched in September 2018. Hindsight and Hat Trick’s bid was considered to be the strongest from a field of eight eligible producers who submitted proposals.


The contract will be for two years from July 2019, and covers 31 episodes of Mastermind and ten episodes of Celebrity Mastermind per year. John Humphrys will continue to present both shows.

The programme was previously produced from Salford and will now move to Northern Ireland. The Hat Trick and Hindsight bid was supported by Northern Ireland Screen and will see the programme based, filmed and edited in Northern Ireland.

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning says: “We assessed the bids against four criteria and the bid from Hindsight and Hat Trick was the strongest. We liked their idea of Mastermind returning to its roots, in a dramatic and pressurised setting. We’re also delighted that this decision means another BBC show will be made in Northern Ireland.”

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, LETTERBOX sees pairs of contestants go head to head to crack a series of passwords, in an attempt to take home £2,500 in cash!


Series 1 - 15 x 30 min eps for BBC2 

Series 2 - 30 x 30 min eps for BBC2


Winner of the of the 'Best Entertainment Programme' at the RTS Northern Ireland Awards 2018, 'What Makes you Tic' is an Entertainment Special, presented by Lewis ‘Qball’ Nickell, a teenager from Bangor, Northern Ireland, with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Co-Production with Nice One Productions for BBC Three.

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