Catchphrase to return for second series

Game show 'Catchphrase' - hosted by Stephen Mulhern - is returning for a second series and shooting will start in September

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Catchphrase host Stephen Mulhern

'Catchphrase' is returning for a second series.

The revamped game show - hosted by Stephen Mulhern - has been commissioned by ITV for nine regular 45-minute episodes, plus three hour-long specials which will feature celebrities guessing what the cryptic graphics mean.

Shooting on the new series will start in September, and Stephen's yellow animated sidekick Mr. Chips will also be returning.

John Kaye Cooper, ITV Controller of Entertainment, said in a statement: "We were delighted with the first series of the new 'Catchphrase' and we're delighted to welcome Stephen and Mr. Chips back with another series."

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment at production company STV Productions, added: "We are hugely excited to be working on a second series of 'Catchphrase'. We look forward to giving the audience another chance to 'say what they see' as they play along with Stephen, Mr. Chips and our studio contestants."

The first series of the game show proved popular with viewers and pulled in an average audience of 4.9 million in its Sunday night time slot.

'Catchphrase' originally ran from January 1986 to December 2002 and was presented by Northern Irish comedian Roy Walker, who coined the line "say what you see".

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