Stephen Fry is to host an ITV reboot of iconic NBC gameshow Jeopardy!.
The show, which will air as a 20-part order in the daytime, sees contestants using general knowledge skills to win rounds and amass winnings. In each round, contestants are presented trivia clues phrased as answers, to which they must respond in the form of a question that correctly identifies whatever the clue is describing. An extra round is being forged for the rebooted UK version.
The American classic first appeared in the UK in the late 1980s on Channel 4 and was also on ITV and Sky in the 1990s. ITV said Fry will “bring a modern twist to the cult classic.”
Paramount Global Content Distribution handles format rights and Sony-backed Whisper North is producing in the UK. Jeopardy! has aired on U.S. screens for nearly 60 years.
“In the United States, Jeopardy! is a phenomenon like no other,” said Fry. “Whenever I’m in America, I do my damnedest to catch it every weekday. The idea of hosting it here in the UK makes me dizzy with delight. Such a dedicated quizzing nation as ours will, I hope, welcome this uniquely beguiling and endlessly rewarding game.”
ITV Head of Entertainment Katie Rawcliffe said: “There is no one better to host this classic game show than Stephen, bringing knowledge and entertainment to all of our viewers.”
Coming as the London TV Screenings gets underway, the news will no doubt rekindle the debate around UK reboots, with reworks of Big Brother, Survivor and Gladiators all set for later this year.
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