‘Cannonball’: ITV’s new game show to be filmed in Malta

Cannonball will see contestants compete in water-based challenges… including attempting the highest and longest jumps possible off water slides in fancy dress

25 February 2017, 11:26am
'Cannonball is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny'
'Cannonball is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny'
UK broadcaster ITV will be recording ‘Cannonball’ in Malta, a new game show which will see contestants compete in water-based challenges.

According to media reports, the “crazy tasks” will include attempting the highest and longest jumps possible off massive water slides in fancy dress.

The Sun reported that makers have started recruiting contestants, with an advert saying: “Daredevils of all shapes and sizes can apply”.

“Cannonball is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny. It involves people throwing themselves around in a swimming pool and making fools of themselves,” a source told The Sun.

The show has already been a hit in Holland, under the title Bommetje XXL. It is made by Dutch production company Talpa Media, bought by ITV in 2015.

The game show will be shot at the film studios in Kalkara
The game show will be shot at the film studios in Kalkara
The Malta Film Commission confirmed that ITV has already issued a call for contestants across the UK.

“All the focus will be on Malta as the Malta Film Studios in Kalkara will be set up for the variety of water based challenges,” it said.

Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis took the opportunity to point out that 2017 started off on a very good note with back-to-back productions. 

“This industry is injecting millions of euros into the local economy over a relatively short period of time. Malta will also benefit from the exposure it will get on each episode being aired on ITV’s networks,” he said.

 Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech, said that the vision of diversifying the industry to cater for TV productions, is reaping dividends. 

“Game shows like Cannonball, require exactly the same infrastructure like big films. They generate a lot of work for local film crews and all the companies that directly or indirectly give a service to the film industry.”