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Illusion show heads up Channel 5 season

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Philip Escoffey

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Philip Escoffey's illusion show Impossible was among the new commissions at Channel 5's season launch today.

The broadcaster also revealed a refreshed Channel 5 logo, which will air from Valentine's Day ahead of the first episode of new entertainment magazine show OK! TV and the first appearance of news anchor Emma Crosby on the 7pm bulletin.

Fiver and Five USA's rebrands as 5* and 5USA will follow on March 7, along with new logos that "highlight the energy, optimism and fun-loving attitude of the channels", which will also provide "cutting edge acquisitions and new commissions".

Impossible is a six-part series that will air in late spring, which will include illusionist and mind reader Escoffer taking on couples head-to-head in a gameshow format. The host will tease seemingly impossible challenges with a possible £40,000 prize.

Other new shows included reality series The Candy Bar, Dave Berry's karaoke gameshow The Beat Goes On and MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers's cookery programme Mexican Food Made Simple.

The Ivy director Fernando Peire will front The Restaurant Inspector, a new spinoff from the popular Hotel Inspector, Paul Merton is starring in new travel documentary Great Escapes, while AMC series The Walking Dead heads up their US acquisitions.

Justin Lee Collins will return for another outing on the channel in Living In Las Vegas, where he will experience the highs and lows of the casino capital, while Matchlight Series Production So You Think You Can't Drive will aim to showcase some of the Britain's worst and least-confident drivers.

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