Play to the Whistle
3 Seasons
20 Episodes
A strange mix of a game show and a sports comedy, the program fails to impress the audience
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Play to the Whistle Will Not Get Series 4

Current Show Status
Play to the Whistle series 4 — Canceled
Latest Episode Aired Tue 4/4/2017 Episode 6 Season 3: Episode 6
Next Episode Series ended 20 episodes total

Latest news

UPDATED September 15, 2017: Just a few months after the most recent third series of the program finished airing, the ITV network has made a decision not to renew Play To The Whistle for Series 4. Despite the fact that typically panel shows do well for the network, and despite having Holly Willoughby as a host, the program simply failed to deliver satisfactory viewership numbers to secure another run. The network said, however, that the series might be back with special episodes in the future.

About the program

A sports-themed British comedy panel game show, Play to the Whistle has been broadcast on ITV since 2015. The program has just finished running its third installment, which premiered on February 28, 2017. It is produced by Hungry Bear Media, and executive produced by Dan Baldwin. Holly Willoughby serves as the host, and the two teams of contestants are led by actor and entertainer Bradley Walsh and pro football player Frank Lampard, with comedian Romesh Ranganathan appearing as a regular panelist on Lampard's team.

The series tests the teams' knowledge of sports-related trivia as well as physical games. The host is not quite as knowledgeable about sports as you might assume, which is actually a positive aspect in a sense, since the show is not targeting hardcore sports fans, rather, it's out to appeal to the whole family and provide light-hearted entertainment. Does it? Well, there's no consensus on that.

Declining ratings and prospects of renewal

Series 3 of Play to the Whistle was broadcast on the ITV channel from February 28, 2017 to April 4, 2017, with just 6 episodes. The program is not an amazing hit ratings-wise, nor is it garnering very impressive reviews. The first series aired to an audience of under 2.5 million viewers, while the second series has had a surprising upsurge of viewership for the premiere episode, which was seen by 2.71 million viewers. The average viewership of Series 3 has been around 1.6 million, which is a significant decline and puts the future of the show in jeopardy. Play to the Whistle is a strange mix of genres, and it's difficult for a program to be successful when it attempts to appeal to too many segments of the audience and fails to make become particularly interesting to anyone.


Season 3 Season 2 Season 1
#NameAir Dates
1Episode 1 Feb 28, 2017
2Episode 2 Mar 7, 2017
3Episode 3 Mar 14, 2017
4Episode 4 Mar 21, 2017
5Episode 5 Mar 28, 2017
6Episode 6 Apr 4, 2017
#NameAir Dates
1Episode 1 Apr 16, 2016
2Episode 2 Apr 23, 2016
3Episode 3 Apr 30, 2016
4Episode 4 May 7, 2016
5Episode 5 May 14, 2016
6Episode 6 May 21, 2016
#NameAir Dates
1Episode 1 Apr 11, 2015
2Episode 2 Apr 18, 2015
3Episode 3 Apr 25, 2015
4Episode 4 May 2, 2015
5Episode 5 May 9, 2015
6Episode 6 May 16, 2015
7Episode 7 May 23, 2015
8Compilation Episode Jun 6, 2015
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