Let the marbles roll: Marble Mania off to a great start in Germany
Last night, German viewers massively tuned in to marble racing spectacle Murmel Mania.
The German version of Talpa’s hit format Marble Mania launched with impressive ratings on RTL. The show scored a 14.6% market share in the key demo (14-49), outperforming the channel average by no less than 30%. And the marbles continue to roll! At least another two local versions of the show will be produced later this year for TF1 in France and VTM in Belgium, including a second series for SBS6 in the Netherlands.
On each self-contained episode of this marble spectacle, three celebrities take each other on. Each celebrity gets to play with their own color marbles. Each round starts with a skill assignment, such as bowling, mini golf or a special version of penalty shooting. The three celebrities need to prove their skills in order to win the most marbles to start the second game of the round: the game of luck. This marble race is all about speed, gravity…. and luck. The celebrity whose marble crosses the finish line first, earns the most points. After three rounds, the celebrity at the top of the ranking will get the most marbles to start in the finale, in which the celebrities can win money for a charity of their choice. The finale is the most impressive and nerve-wrecking round of them all, with no less than 6000 marbles racing down the track.
Murmel Mania is produced by Talpa Entertainment Productions and distributed by Talpa Concepts.
Talpa is a global content house for non-scripted formats based in the Netherlands and founded by John de Mol. The company empowers creativity to produce next-level content that connects people within their homes and around the world. Talpa holds exclusive access rights to premium broadcast and streaming channels in the Netherlands and Germany and has proven to be a successful breeding ground for content creation since the dawn of the industry. Many of today’s evergreen entertainment brands originated at Talpa and are now blueprints for the international market.