Sky One sked gets 'Smarter' for fall launch


LONDON -- Sky One will launch the U.K. version of smash hit format "Are You Smarter Than a Ten Year Old?" to head up its fall season lineup, which director of programs Richard Woolfe hailed as "unashamedly about entertainment" and the broadcaster's most expensive season to date.

The satcaster's flagship entertainment net will offer a cash prize of £250,000 ($495,500) in the competition, which pits a team of adults against grade-schoolers. The show is expected to launch in an afternoon slot later this year.

The British show will be hosted by Noel Edmonds, who also presents "Deal or No Deal" for Channel 4.

Other gameshow highlights include controversial format "Nothing but the Truth," hosted by Jerry Springer, which uses a lie detector to gauge whether contestants are telling the truth when asked even the most risque questions.

Drama highlights are set to include "The Colour of Magic," a multimillion pound adaptation of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novel, which is currently filming at Pinewood Studios. The drama will be broadcast in the spring.

Sky One's acquisitions lineup includes Season 3 of "Prison Break" and the debut of "Journeyman," which stars Kevin McKidd as a man who discovers that he can go back in time and change the lives of others.

Returning series include "Bones" and "The Simpsons."

"Sky One's autumn schedule promises our strongest lineup of programming ever," Woolfe said. "We have never invested so much in our content at any time in the channel's history."