U.S. Adaptation of Bridge of Lies Coming to Game Show Network


U.S. broadcaster Game Show Network has placed a bumper order of 100 episodes for STV Studios’ quiz show format Bridge of Lies, which will air under the local title Beat the Bridge beginning in June.

With actor and presenter Cameron Mathison (General Hospital, Home & Family) as host, the U.S. show will see contestants take on an enormous interactive bridge, with each step forward onto a right answer putting more money in their team’s bank. In order to keep the money, the team must return one of its players back across the bridge before the timer expires.

Bridge of Lies was first commissioned by BBC Daytime in 2021 as part of an initiative to find new quiz formats made in Scotland. It has since been recommissioned twice, with two prime-time series featuring celebrity contestants also commissioned for BBC One. Ross Kemp hosts the daytime and prime-time versions of the show.

The program currently airs in 16 territories, and a local version debuted in Spain in 2023 as El peunte de las mentiras.

Beat the Bridge is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production, with Ed Egan as executive producer and Sabrina Hybel Snow as co-executive producer. Josephine Brassey, Gary Chippington and David Mortimer are executive producers for STV Studios.

The deal for the U.S. adaptation was brokered by STV Studios, which retains the rights to format sales in the U.S. and Australia. International format sales elsewhere are handled by BBC Studios Distribution.

“We’re so excited that our much-loved U.K. quiz format has found a home across the pond and delighted that Game Show Network has such faith in the show to place an order of this size,” said Mortimer, managing director of STV Studios. “Beat the Bridge has all the ingredients that have made the format so popular in other territories: nail-biting gameplay, enthusiastic contestants and a brilliant host in Cameron Mathison. Bringing Bridge of Lies to America is just the latest step in the format’s international success story, and I’m looking forward to seeing the response to Beat the Bridge from U.S. audiences when it launches in June.”