Kids’ version of ‘The Voice’ for SA

Will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones, coaches for The Voice Kids.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A BRITISH children’s version of The Voice and an new entertainment show which challenges parents to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations, are among new shows headed for DStv’s ITV Choice (channel 123) in June.

The eight-episode The Voice Kids is the junior version of The Voice UK, a contest catering for children aged seven to 14. It will be shown from 6pm to 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays, from June 23.

There are four stages to this singing contest: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Semi-Finals and the Live Final. The coaches, will.iam, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott, search to uncover the best junior talent Britain has to offer.

This series will be followed by the 2018 series of The Voice Kids in July, which will be broadcast within a couple of weeks of the series being screened in the UK.

The six-episode What Would Your Kids Do? will be shown from 8pm to 9pm on Fridays from June 1.

Heather Graham as Kim, Stephen Mangan as Andrew and Jo Hartley as Denise in Bliss. Picture from PA Photo/Sky UK Limited.

This show, challenging parents to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations, merges specialist factual child development psychology with an entertaining game show mechanic.

Children are filmed in a real world setting, thinking it’s just another day at school and unassumingly going through a number of tasks that explore everything from curiosity to lateral thinking, risk taking to rule breaking.

As the situations unfold, host Jason Manford observes alongside the parents as they try to predict what their child will do in each situation, providing a fascinating and often hilariously telling insight into the mind of children.

“Manford will also have a few surprises up his sleeve that will see him join the children in their world. At the end of the show the parents who have shown they know their child the best, and correctly predicted their behaviour, will play for a family prize alongside their child,” says a spokesman.

“This fresh format is full of laughs and heartwarming moments that will entertain and inform in equal measure.”

Also new on ITV Choice, from June 5, is Bliss, a new six-part comedy series to be shown every Tuesday from 8pm to 8.30pm.

From acclaimed writer, director and performer David Cross (Arrested Development) and featuring a star-studded cast including Heather Graham and Stephen Mangan (Episodes), the comedy follows the complicated double life of a successful travel writer.

Through extenuating circumstances, the writer finds himself living between two families. With two wives and two children whose existences are unknown to each other, Andrew (Mangan) lives in a constant state of moral crisis.

He struggles to balance his time and energies between his wife Kim (Graham) and teenage daughter Christina, and his other family, wife Denise (Jo Hartley) and their teenage son Kris. As Andrew’s two worlds become ever harder to contain, so does his sanity. And he finds himself going to increasingly drastic measures to protect the two families he loves.

Also note that ITV Choice’s seventh season of The Celebrity Chase, a seven-episode series, will be shown from 5.15pm to 6.15pm on Mondays and Tuesdays from June 11.

Presented by Bradley Walsh, this is the show that has four celebrities taking on one of the country’s finest quiz brains to win thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.

The five-part second season of The Keith and Paddy Picture Show is also headed for ITV Choice in June.  It is scheduled for 8.30pm to 9pm every Tuesday from June 12.

The show is described as an affectionate yet hilarious tribute to some of the biggest films of all time.

Each week Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness attempt to recreate an iconic movie in 30 minutes with the help of an all-star celebrity cast. What could possibly go wrong?

Every episode is a clever mix of the film recreations (high-end, shot-for-shot parodies of the key scenes from the movie) and behind-the-scenes mock-doc footage following the boys as they struggle to bring their movie recreations to life. The new series sees them recreate Grease, Top Gun, Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman and Terminator 2.


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