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Susan Calman to host BBC game show Armchair Detectives

Tuesday 12th September 2017, 10:53am

  • Susan Calman is to host new BBC One format Armchair Detectives
  • The show, which will start later this year, is a murder mystery drama combined with a game show
  • Susan Calman says: "I love a TV crime drama and now I get to help the British public solve one"
Susan Calman.

Stand-up comedian Susan Calman is to host Armchair Detectives, a format for BBC One daytime that combines "a murder mystery drama with a game show".

The BBC explains: "The series will transport three players and viewers at home to the fictional town of Mortcliff where a dastardly crime has been committed. Their task: to discover whodunnit.

"The show is a play along and immersive investigation that can be enjoyed every step of the way. Like any good quiz, crime is crammed with titillating reveals, but as the drama unfolds, more suspects and clues will come to light. With their critical thinking put to the test will players and viewers be able to identify the killer?"

Calman already presents quiz show The Boss on BBC One, which is now back on screens at 2:15pm. Her TV profile is also on the rise as one of the contestants in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Talking about taking on the role of hosting Armchair Detectives, Calman says: "I'm so excited to be presenting Armchair Detectives for BBC One Daytime. I love a TV crime drama and now I get to help the British public and the contestants in the studio solve one! I can't wait to get started and get solving!"

Armchair Detectives will be made by Tiger Aspect Productions, the company that also makes semi-improvised spoof police 'whodunnit' show Murder In Successville.

BBC Commissioning Editor Jo Street comments: "Susan's mischievous sense of humour and background as a lawyer gives her means, motive and opportunity to be the perfect host for this dramatic new whodunnit show."

Armchair Detectives will be shown on BBC One later this year.

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