12 Yard format recommissioned for extended second series

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Eggheads is to return for a second crack on Channel 5, following the success of the first series.

12 Yard’s general knowledge quiz debuted on the channel in October to an audience of 450,000 (3.1%) increasing C5’s ABC1 share by 407% in the 6.30pm slot.

A weeknight stripped format, the programmes sees amateur quiz fans compete against a team of elite knowledge buffs, called Eggheads, for a cash prize. If the contestants fail to beat the Eggheads, the cash prize rolls over until they are defeated.

Formerly a BBC staple, the series was poached by the broadcaster in March, who at the time said it showed a “another step in the transformation of Channel 5”.

The second series will consist of 60 half-hour episodes, up from its first series order of 40.

It was ordered by commissioning editor Daniel Pearl, who said the “strength of the series has proven that Channel 5 can continue to grow its audience”.

Paul McGettigan and Rob Dean executive produce for 12 Yard.

Returning host Vine said he was “ecstatic” and that he “cant wait to see the Eggheads take on more challengers in the new year”.