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Ben Hanlin's Live & Deadly: Drowned


ITV2 has commissioned a brand new and ‘spooky’ one off special which sees magician Ben Hanlin and celebrity Joey Essex attempt a deadly challenge.  31st October on ITV2


Ben Hanlin’s Live and Deadly:  Drowned will see the pair attempt to escape a deserted, eerily spooky underground chamber whilst immersed in water, live on TV.  


The 90-minute one off special will document Ben and Joey’s training as they have 5 days to perfect the art of escapology. 


Then on Halloween night, the duo, will attempt to survive being chained hand and foot, shackled to the floor as the chamber they are stuck inside is flooded to the top.  The pair will be joined by presenter and broadcaster, Vick Hope who will be ringside commenting on all the action live as they attempt their most ambitious stunt.  


They have as long as they can hold their breath to break free from the chains and escape.  Will they both make it to safety?    


Ben Hanlin said: I’ve always wanted to do a big live stunt!! I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done, and if it does go wrong there is nowhere to hide as it’s LIVE!!!” 


Joey Essex said: “When Ben first asked me to do this, I thought, how hard can it be, isn't Escapology just something to do with saying sorry.  Now I know exactly what it is, I'm really nervous. This is gonna be the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I hope I can pull it off. I'm already feeling the pressure!"


Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions said, “Joey started his showbiz career on ITV2 so (with Ben Hanlin as his expert guide and mentor) I’m trusting he won’t ultimately finish it on ITV2 this Halloween in our scary escapology special.  We’re also thrilled to welcome Ben back to the channel with this live event spectacular that is the highlight of Halloween Week on ITV2 this year.”


Ben Hanlin's Live & Deadly: Drowned is a Zig Zag Production for ITV2 and is commissioned by Gayani Wanigaratne, Commissioning Executive for ITV and Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions. Executive producers are Andy Scott and Danny Fenton for Zig Zag Productions.  



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About Zig Zag Productions

Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost Independent Television Production companies formed in 1999 by Danny Fenton. Zig Zag has grown to become an internationally renowned, respected and award-winning television producer in the most highly competitive TV markets. Zig Zag has produced over 750 hours of original programming for over 50 broadcasters worldwide since its inception, across multiple programme genres including, factual, observational documentaries, factual entertainment, entertainment, game shows, cookery, sports and news reactive programming.


In addition, Zig Zag’s completed programmes and formats have been sold separately to over one hundred countries worldwide. In the UK, Zig Zag produces for all the main channels; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky & UKTV as well as multiple other cable and satellite channels. In the USA, Zig Zag produces for; Fox, Discovery, TLC, Travel, National Geographic Channel, A&E, Fuse, History, OWN, PBS, SyFy and Fuse TV. Recent Zig Zag productions include ‘Blink’ for Channel 4 and Fuse Media in the US, ‘Body Bizarre’ for TLC and Discovery Networks, ‘Ultimate Brain’ for CBBC, ‘Japandemonium’ for ITV, ‘Troy the Magician’ for Facebook Watch, ’The Next Jamie Vardy’ for Sky One, ‘FanTV, Call Yourself a Fan? For BT Sport and ‘The Football Show’ for Infinity Creative Media.