Back in July we reported Channel 4 would be airing their latest LEGO® themed TV show this month and now it has an air date. The four episode series, LEGO Masters will begin airing on Channel 4 on August 24th at 8pm. The show aims to fins the UK’s best LEGO builders. Episode will see 48 applicants whittled down to eight teams of builders. The final teams range from 9-year-old friends, to a pair of adult fans of LEGO (aka AFOLs), girl cousins, mum and son, father and son, uncle and nephew, Cambridge University engineering students and 12-year-old pals. Build challenges include building a LEGO banquet, creating transportation, building nature themed builds and the creating the inner imagination of a child in the shows final.
This isn’t Channel 4’s first attempt at bringing the popularly of LEGO to TV, a couple of years ago they aired The Secret World of LEGO and a festive themed show, which followed the opening of the new LEGO London Store last year. Although LEGO Masters sounds an interesting concept, we are hearing numerous reports that doesn’t portray the audition process for the show in a great light. But you can judge for yourself when LEGO Masters begins later this month.
Channel 4 launches contest to find most talented LEGO builders
Eight pairs of amateur fans will compete against each other building ambitious brick creations in new competition series LEGO MASTERS. The pairs of all ages ranging from 9 year old best friends to 40-something adult fans of LEGO – will have their creativity, construction skills and their imaginations put to the test in a battle to be crowned masters of the brick.
The series is hosted by radio DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom. Each programme tests a wide array of disciplines from the playful to the technical to the unexpected and judged by a pool of judges led by Matthew Ashton: a man who has made his passion his work as Vice President of Design for the LEGO Group. Joining Matthew in each round will be different expert judges from the fields of engineering, art and design and guest celebrity LEGO fans including Richard Osman, Bill Bailey and Dara O’Briain. In each programme, the teams who impress the most will progress to the next round until the finale, where just one pair will be named LEGO MASTERS.
Dom Bird, Head of Formats at Channel 4 comments: “This contest will recognise some of the best and brightest amateur LEGO builders, both young and old. We’re excited to bring this celebration of innovation to a family audience”.
Steph Harris, Executive Producer adds: “This playful new format demonstrates that LEGO bricks are more than just a toy – or something to step on – and will appeal to the child in all of us, showcasing spectacular builds and inspire the next generation of artists, engineers, architects and builders”.
The 4 x 60’ series is made by Tuesday’s Child East under Executive Producer Steph Harris. It has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Dom Bird, Head of Formats and Kate Maddigan, Formats Commissioning Editor.
LEGO MASTERS begins Thursday 24th August, 8pm on Channel 4.