June 19, 2008

Japan’s Outrageous ‘Human Tetris’ Show to Be Remade for the BBC

By Arifa Akbar

A cult Japanese series in which Spandex-clad contestants in hard hats try to hurl themselves though a series of holes in a wall is being adapted for the BBC.

Human Tetris, which is one section of the hit Japanese show Tunnels no minnasan no okage deshita, has been described as "deeply compelling rubbish".

The BBC said a production company, Talkback Thames, has bought the rights and was creating a series based on the original. It will be aired on BBC1 this year. The adapted show, Hole in the Wall, involves two teams of celebrities in shiny, skintight catsuits attempting to contort their bodies through a moving hole in a wall. If they fail they will fall into water.

The physical challenges change with each episode in the Japanese version, with guests being asked to take part in ever-more outrageous pranks.

The rights were bought from Fuji TV, which has sold the format to eight other countries. In Italy, producers decided to swap celebrities in Spandex for models in bikinis. The British show is aimed at a family audience

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