Zoe Lyons to present new BBC game show | Lightning strikes BBC Two's teatime slot

Zoe Lyons to present new BBC game show

Lightning strikes BBC Two's teatime slot

Zoe Lyons is to host a new teatime quiz show on BBC Two.

In Lightning, six contestants will have to answer questions while dodging a spotlight that patrols the studio, eliminating them in turn. 

The BBC says that combining quick-fire questions with physical challenges will ‘bring a new pace and tone to the teatime quiz slot’.

Lyons said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to be the host of Lightning. It’s a dream job for me as I’m a massive quiz fan and - unlike the contestants - I love being in the spotlight.’

Twenty-five episodes of the half-hour show have been ordered, to be filmed in Northern Ireland.

Carla-Maria Lawson, who commissioned the show for the BBC, said: ‘The pace and the calibre of competition in Lightning along with Zoe’s energy and wit, will bring a real buzz to BBC Two teatimes".

And Neale Simpson, creative director of programme-makers Fizz, added: ‘This show combines frenetic Q&A with physical challenges, putting contestants on the spot like no other, and it's a joy to have Zoe on hand to restore calm after the storm when Lightning strikes.’

Lightning production credits

Format devised by: Fizz and Nice One.
Executive producers: Neale Simpson (Fizz) and Chris Jones (Nice One)
Commissioned by: Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC head of daytime and early Peak, and Muslim Alim, commissioning editor BBC daytime and early peak. 

Published: 14 Feb 2020

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