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That Puppet Game Show makes play at MIPCOM

That Puppet Game ShowBBC Worldwide will launch its Saturday night primetime series That Puppet Game Show in Cannes, and is taking its host to Croisette to promote it.

That Puppet Game Show is a BBC and Jim Henson Company coproduction in which celebrity contestants take part in a series of mental and physical challenges while interacting with various puppet characters.

The show’s puppet host, Dougie Colon, will be at MIPCOM to meet international broadcasters along with BBC Production’s controller, entertainment and events, Katie Taylor.

Meanwhile, Worldwide has acquired rights to Love Productions’ (The Great British Bake Off) latest show, Sewing Bee. In the UK, the show has been recommissioned after gaining more than three million viewers on average in a primetime BBC Two slot.

The show aim’s to find the best amateur sewers through three “tense, time-limited” challenges.

The Great British Sewing Bee is already well on the way to replicating the phenomenal UK ratings success of The Great British Bake Off, and the format has the same universal appeal that’s already helped The Great Bake Off sell so well for us,” said Worldwide’s director, global formats, Elin Thomas.

Also launching in Cannes are Best in Town, a competition format themed around small businesses from Richard Bacon’s Mox Productions; and Million Dollar Intern, which debuted on Worldwide’s global entertainment channels and follows young tycoons that go undercover to revive failing businesses.

Why Don’t You Speak English is billed as a “brave, warm and often humorous series in which four first-generation immigrants attempt to learn the language of their adopted country taught by a local”.

Worldwide will also attempt to sell the format of London Olympics mockumentary Twenty Twelve, aiming at major future sporting events.