E4's Coach Trip secures multi-series recommission

12 Yard Productions, the ITV Studios’ owned indie, has been recommissioned by E4 to make 90 more episodes of Coach Trip.

Following on from its initial recommission in the 7.30pm slot last year, the third E4 series Coach Trip: Road to Zante – which starts later this month – has been extended from 30 episodes to 40, while series four and five of the hit show have been ordered for 2018, both at 40 episodes. 

Series three on E4 follows on from Coach Trip: Road To Marbs, which aired earlier in the year and averaged 560,000 viewers, up 12% on the first series in 2016, Coach Trip: Road to Ibiza.

Tour Guide Brendan will return to lead young Brits on a voyage of discovery across Europe, with all of them hoping to reach the end of the road and win a luxury holiday. As always they have to stay popular to stay on the trip, as unpopular couples are voted off to be replaced by new ones.

Matt Walton and Ben Stevens will continue as Executive Producers. The programme is commissioned for Channel 4 by Dom Bird, Head of Formats and Jonny Rothery, Commissioning Editor for Formats and Music.

“The move to E4 and into peak has opened the show up to a brand new audience and the younger-skewed cast have brought a new lease of life to Brendan,” said Walton. “With two more series ordered for next year and the 500th episode set to air this summer, there’s been a renewed interest in the format internationally and we’re excited to see where the road leads to next.”

Jonny Rothery adds: “Coach Trip continues to be a winning formula for E4. We’re looking forward to bringing the series into 2018, with more twists and turns from Brendan along the way.”

Coach Trip: Road to Zante launches on E4 later this month.

See an episode from the last series below.

July 12, 2017 10:48am by Channel 4  

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