Channel 4 has commissioned Princess Productions, part of the Endemol Shine Group, to produce The Superhumans Show – a brand new magazine show, covering all things Paralympics.
The Superhumans Show comes to Channel 4 as the ParalympicsGB team prepares to take on the world at Rio 2016. This series will help build on the success of London 2012 as well increase awareness in the run up to the Games taking place later this summer. The show will be joining Britain’s elite Paralympians as they push themselves to the limit to break personal bests and strive for podium glory.
The first run of the series will launch on Saturday 27 February.
This weekly magazine show will be hosted by broadcaster and comedian Alex Brooker (The Last Leg) who will be joined by new and established Paralympic presenting talent as he meets celebrity guests and legends from the world of Paralympic sport.
Each week, The Superhumans Show will feature the latest news from Paralympic qualifying events around the world and profile the established and emerging talent that will be going for gold later this summer – plus it will bring viewers up-to-date with the heroes from London 2012. With challenges in the studio and guest presenters out on location, The Superhumans Show will be in the heart of the action as anticipation builds for The Paralympics in Brazil, showcasing all the different sports taking place at Rio and explaining the Paralympic classification system.
Alex Brooker said: ‘’The London 2012 Paralympic Games were incredible and showed just what a fantastic event it really is.
“I can’t wait for Rio in six months’ time! I look forward to getting reacquainted with the Superhumans and in some cases introducing the public to them for the first time. I can’t wait to get started!”
Steve Lyle, Commissioning Editor Sport, Channel 4, said: ‘“This could be the greatest year ever for Paralympic sport in Britain and The Superhumans Show will be the essential one-stop shop for all you need to know about the athletes looking to make history in Rio.”
Emma Hardy, Princess Productions managing director, added: ‘Whilst increasing awareness of this summer’s eagerly anticipated Paralympics, The Superhumans Show will be enlightening, funny and inspirational. Viewers will be in for an action-packed show of comedy, entertainment and news. We’re thrilled to be making this series for Channel 4.”
It will be executive produced at Princess Productions by Andy Price and Joint Heads of Programmes, Anna Blue and Will Spokes. It will be series produced by Patrick Ruddy.
Allianz Insurance has been announced as a major sponsor of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on 4. As the first of two core sponsors, Allianz will sponsor a range of programmes across Channel 4 leading up to the Games and will then sponsor all live coverage once the games are underway. They are also funding a new original Shorts series on All 4 as part of Channel 4’s online coverage of the games.