Celebrity guests will go head to head in a series of games run by a cast of Muppet-style characters for a new BBC1 pilot No Strings Attached.

Alongside the games, the puppet characters and real life celebrities will also take part in sketch shows to make the pilot a “warm, cheeky family affair fuelled by a healthy dose of off-the-wall madcap fun”.

As first revealed by Broadcast, the show will be co-produced by animatronics specialist The Jim Henson Company, with Jim’s son Brian Henson as lead puppeteer and executive producer.

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The puppets have been created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in Los Angeles.  

Broadcaster and comedian Danny Baker is lead writer on the show, which was commissioned by BBC1 controller Danny Cohen and executive editor for entertainment Karl Warner. It is hoped that if successful the pilot will be turned into a Saturday night series.  

Cohen said: “It’s wonderful to be working with the Henson Company and a writing team led by Danny Baker.”

Alongside Brian Henson, Lisa Henson will exec produce for The Jim Henson Company, with Derek McLean and Andrew Westwall for BBC Entertainment. M

artin Baker and Peter Coogan will exec produce for Baker Coogan Productions, the Hensons’ long-time collaborators.

McLean, creative director for BBC in-house entertainment, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be providing both desk-space and an original idea to such a powerful array of showbiz talent, in what promises to be the longest credit roller in history”.