CBBC to hunt for a 'true leader' in UK

MUMBAI: BBC has announced that its children‘s channel CBBC is joining forces with political aficionado Jonathan Dimbleby in a search across the UK to find a true leader amongst the country‘s young people in Election.

10 children from across the nation will undergo a series of leadership tests and tasks in this dynamic new political reality TV series, culminating in a face-off between the two finalists at the House of Commons.

Over the course of 10 programmes, the participants aged between 11 and 14, from across the UK, will be whittled down to one – a vibrant and charismatic figure who wants to change the world.

Selected from hundreds of hopefuls, the ten successful candidates are energetic and passionate kids who care about changing their future and the world they live in for the better.

On day one, they move into the Election Leadership House and their campaigns to reach No. 10 get underway.

The show‘s executive producer Matt Paice says, "Britain‘s young people don‘t get much good press. In this series, ten of the brightest and best are given the chance to prove they are worthy leaders.

"This next generation of political hotshots shows the rest of us their passion for changing Britain for the better."

For each episode, the group are set a series of rigorous and character-revealing exercises which will separate the leaders from the followers.

Over the weeks they will be moulded, mentored and shaped in their quest for the top spot.

The challenges will explore the skills needed to perform like a great modern politician including public speaking, recruiting people to their cause, diplomacy, debating, media skills and campaigning.

They will be judged on their abilities to adapt, learn and win over their audience.

The leadership challenges will be set by guest mentors including Michelle Dewberry, Ken Livingstone, Ann Widdecombe and Vince Cable.

The teams‘ efforts will then be judged by a group of experts before a member of the losing team is eliminated by head judge, Jonathan Dimbleby.

The series is hosted by presenter and politics graduate, Angellica Bell.

CBBC controller Anne Gilchrist said, "We hope that Election will help engage young people with politics. Not in a party political sense but by helping them see for themselves what it takes to be a great leader and how it is possible to change and influence the world around them."

The series culminates with the two finalists going head to head at the House of Commons.

Here they will present their own manifestos in a grand Election to an audience of school children from around the country who will vote to select the ultimate winner.

The prize is a trip to No. 10 to present their manifesto to the Prime Minister. Election is made by Diverse Production for CBBC.

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