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BBC1, Thames to revive game show “Blankety Blank”

BBC1 is reviving its popular game show Blankety Blank. Based on the U.S. TV show Match Game, the crux of the format finds celebrities helping contestants fill in the missing blanks ...
April 30, 2021

BBC1 is reviving its popular game show Blankety Blank.

Based on the U.S. TV show Match Game, the crux of the format finds celebrities helping contestants fill in the missing blanks to questions posed by presenter Bradley Walsh (pictured).

BBC1 decided to revive the show following a Walsh-hosted 2020 Christmas Special that was a rating blockbuster, as 6.3 million viewers tuned in to watch Walsh preside over a celebrity panel that included U.K. personalities Jimmy Carr, Danny Jones, Emilia Fox, Anita Rani, Sue Perkins and Amir Khan – making it the most popular program of the evening.

With the air date and celebrity panels still to be determined, the Blankety Blank revival will consist of 10 35-minute episodes produced by Fremantle label Thames.

Contestants will also vie for prizes, employing the memorable Blankety Blank cheque book and pen in the process.

In a statement, Bradley Walsh said he was hoping to carry on the legacy of earlier presenters Sir Terry Wogan (who first hosted the program from 1979 to 1983) and Les Dawson (1984-1990).

“I struggle to remember the last time I laughed as much as when I was filming Blankety Blank – so when they asked if I’d be up for doing a series, I jumped at the chance,” he said. “I’m just so pleased I get to be a part of it. I stand on the shoulders of giants like Les Dawson and Sir Terry Wogan but I’m hoping to put my own stamp on the fantastically nostalgic show.”

Kate Phillips, director of entertainment at the BBC, who commissioned the revival, added: “Blankety Blank has it all – ridiculous questions, unpredictable celebrities, bizarre prizes and, in Bradley, a very funny and much-loved host.”

The executive producer for Thames is Christopher Barber and the BBC commissioning editor is Kalpna Patel-Knight.

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