New controller of entertainment puts faith in independents with commissions for Radar TV, Princess and Monkey Productions
Channel 5 controller of entertainment Andrew Newman is championing new indies with his first raft of commissions for the broadcaster since his arrival last year, writes Georgina Lipscomb

19 TV is set to produce Wonderwall, a 16 x 30-minute quiz show, while Monkey Productions is to produce 8 x 30-minute 'talent and variety format' House of Astonishment.

Banzai co-producer Radar TV is to produce 16 x 30-minute quiz show Top Rank, which, together with Wonderwall, will air in the 19.00 slot.

Other commissions include 12 x 30-minute quiz Need to Know and 8 x 30-minute sports contest International King of Sports from Endemol UK productions, as well as 8 x 30-minute series 99 Things To Do Before You Die and 8 x 30-minute Danger 50,000 Volts, from Princess Productions.