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BBC One Orders Celebrity Painting Challenge


Celebrity Painting Challenge is heading to BBC One, which commissioned the new competition program from BBC Studios.

Those slated to compete on Celebrity Painting Challenge hail from all across the entertainment spectrum, including acting and sport. Actress Jane Seymour, singer George Shelley, former cricketer Phil Tufnell, fashion model Amber Le Bon, TV presenter Josie D’Arby and “homestyle consultant” Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen are all on board the series. Mariella Frostrup will present Celebrity Painting Challenge. Daphne Todd OBE and Lachlan Goudie are set to serve as judges on the series.

When filming commences this autumn, the aforementioned contestants’ painting skills will be put to the test through a variety of tasks and challenges. They’ll take on portraits, landscapes, still life drawings and more, while also participating in fun challenges. Artists Diana Ali and Pascal Anson will mentor the six competitors. During the series finale, one contestant will be crowned the winner of Celebrity Painting Challenge. Additionally, selected paintings from all of the star contestants will be auctioned off for charity.

Celebrity Painting Challenge will air on BBC One in spring 2019.

“Our multi-talented contestants have achieved renown in their different fields, but what is less well known is their love of art,” said Mark Bell, head of arts commissioning at the BBC. “This series will put them through their paces as painters, and test whether they can achieve the levels of excellence on canvas that they have achieved on the stage, catwalk, screen and cricket pitch.”

Kat Lennox, executive producer for factual entertainment at BBC Studios Productions, said, “I’m excited to be working with such a talented team to create a celebrity version of this much-loved competition format, which will see talented celebrity artists swap their glamorous jobs in the limelight to get behind an easel. The challenges will be designed to test their creativity and there will be some surprises in store, but I’m also looking forward to seeing our celebrity artists grow across the competition.”

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