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Springer to host ‘Truth’ for Sky One

U.K. version of new Fox gameshow to air in fall

Jerry Springer is returning to U.K. TV screens to host a British version of Fox’s new lie-detecting gameshow “Nothing but the Truth.”

The show is a central component in the fall sked of Sky One, flagship entertainment web of paybox BSkyB.

“Nothing but the Truth,” devised by “Extreme Makeover” creator Howard Schultz, has been sold to 20 territories by U.S. distrib Reveille Intl.

In the format, contestants competing for a cash prize are monitored by a lie detector as they are asked a series of increasingly personal questions such as “Have you ever cheated on your wife?”

Sky One’s audience share has been hit by the success of digital terrestrial platform Freeview and the fact that its no longer available in U.K. cable homes because of a spat over carriage fees with Virgin Media.

Channel topper Richard Woolfe is therefore keen to raise Sky One’s game.

“We have never invested so much in our content at any time in the channel’s history, and all of our new shows will be broadcast in glorious high definition,” he said.

Other fare for the fall lineup includes “Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year-Old,” the U.K. version of Mark Burnett’s reality hit “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” plus acquisitions “Prison Break”; “Journeyman,” the sci-fi skein made by the same creative team as “The West Wing”; and the U.K. premiere of the 19th season of “The Simpsons.”

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