Endomol choose Borders for new game show

THE Borders is one of the stars of a Dutch television series, writes Mark Entwistle.

The region was recently chosen as the location for the programme, which is being broadcast over the next few weeks on Avro, the Netherlands’ largest TV network.

A film crew from global production company Endemol selected the Borders for its ‘stunning sceneries’ when it came to film a new 50-minute programme titled Drop Off.

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l challenge programme follows five friends’ efforts to battle with six tasks within 15 hours, in an attempt to reunite themselves using only clues and GPS systems to navigate in unfamiliar territory. Depending on the number of tasks completed, the group of friends receive a monetary prize.

The group’s tasks will see them hike 22 miles over the Borders countryside, boating, eating haggis and drinking whisky. The end game will be played at Neidpath Castle near Peebles.

Roy Straatman, Endemol’s creative head, who worked on Drop Off, said: “It was great to work in the Scottish Borders for the television programme Drop Off.

“The Borders was the right location to record this programme because of the stunning sceneries, the variety of landscape and the absolute quietness.”

The episode featuring the Borders aired last night in the Netherlands, but UK viewers will still be able to watch a clip online via www.tvlab.nl and www.avro.nl

Sandi Hellowell, regional director of VisitScotland, commented: “The Scottish Borders attracts many visitors and film crews due to its stunning scenery and we have been delighted to assist Endemol with their latest programme which is expected to be a big hit in the Netherlands and Germany.

“In the year of Active Scotland, the Drop Off participants are seen trying out a range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, walking and orienteering, just a sample of the many quality activities which can be enjoyed across the region.”