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.