Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nicktoons UK to Premiere 'Takeshi's Castle Thailand' in November 2018

Nicktoons UK & Ireland will invite viewers to Takeshi's Castle when Nickelodeon UK & Ireland's top-rated animation and action channel starts to air its own version of cult competition format this November!


Update (21/11): Nicktoons UK & Ireland started to air Takeshi's Castle on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6:00pm, with new episodes continuing to air Wednesdays at 6:00pm! To celebrate, Nicktoons.co.uk has launched the channel's official Takeshi's Castle website, which features more information about the game show, short-form video clips, and a poll asking fans: Which Obstacle Would You Rather Take On - Footloose or Bridge The Gap?

The comedic game show, in HD for the first time, was shot on location in Thailand with all new contestants and has been acquired from distributor, Bellon Entertainment. Nickelodeon's sister channel Comedy Central holds the international rights for the series, where it debuted in autumn 2017 on Comedy Central UK in Autumn 2017 before airing across Comedy Central’s international network of more than 33 branded channels, excluding the US, Canada and Japan.


The format, which features 100 members of the public attempting to tackle a series of crazy obstacles with the ultimate aim of reaching and storming the castle, follows the format of the original TBS hit Takeshi’s Castle, which first aired in Japan in 1986, becoming a cult phenomenon on Challenge TV in the UK in 2002 and elsewhere around the globe.

Hosted by Roman Kemp (Nick Kicks), son of actor and Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp, Nicktoons' version of Takeshi's Castle is made up of seven themed compilation episodes created especially for the channel, which is aimed at seven- to 11-year-olds. Each episode will transport viewers to MAYHEM of Takeshi's Castle, bringing them the craziest contests, bonkers bad guys and funniest fails from the series!


Takeshi's Castle Launch on Nick Toons - November 2018 from Maya Lakhani on Vimeo.

The Comedy Central UK edition of Takeshi's Castle Thailand is hosted by comedian Jonathan Ross and features both Roman and Martin Kemp alongside Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo and comedians Stephen Bailey and Lauren Pattinson.

The Comedy Central/TBS/Bellon deal for Takeshi’s Castle was brokered by Brad Wood, Director of Acquisitions, Talent and Development, Comedy Central, Melissa Hames, Program & Format Sales, Bellon Entertainment, Megumi Tsukada, TBS Global Business, dentsu X (Thailand) and Heliconia.



In additional news, MGA Entertainment has partnered with Nickelodeon UK to launch a Ready2Robot microsite on nicktoons.co.uk! The Ready 2 Robot microsite features 10 episodes of the popular short-form animated series inspired by the hit toy line of collectible customizable slime spewing Mechbots with Punk Pilots, as well as information about the series and its characters: Hardware, Mongo, Thermo, Tank, Helmet Hedd, Brainstrain, Coach and Tenderizer.


Ready2Robot is the only slime shooting, customizable collectible robot unboxing toy that lets you build, mix & match your own custom mechs & punk pilots, and battle your friends inside the Mechbot Battle Arena. Unbox more 'bots for a chance to power-up and win! Last brawler standing gets the glory and the bragging rights! Are YOU #Ready2Robot? Build, Swap, Slime Battle!

Below is the official show description for Ready2Robot:

"Welcome to Ready2Robot!

It's the battle show where tech meets wreck! Every action-packed episode features high-octane fighting with sick weapons, insane twists, and trash-talking battlers.

Oh, and did we mention SLIME? Boatloads of SLIME!!! And it's all going down in the coolest arena in the universe… The Fightanium!

So are you ready to BUILD your bot? BATTLE your opponent?

SWAP some mech to create the ultimate fighting machine? You'd better be. Because these brawlers mean business!

They are… READY-2-ROOOOOOOOOOOBOT!"

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Nicktoons

Available in over 13 million homes, Nicktoons showcases the world’s best comedy animation. Launched in 2002 and part of the Nickelodeon network of channels, Nicktoons broadcasts the very best in funny cartoons to audiences across the UK and Ireland, featuring top shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House. More information is available at nicktoons.co.uk. Nicktoons is available on Sky 606, Virgin 717 and through BT Vision.

The Nickelodeon Network is a top-performing commercial kids TV network in the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

Originally published: Saturday, November 03, 2018.

Source: C21Media; Additional sources: Manchikoni, O Universo da TV, Digiguide.
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