When the classic game show Blankety blank returned for a unique holiday special last year, it became the third most watched show on Christmas Day. Now, Bradley Walsh is back at the helm for a new nine-part run on BBC1.
‘I love nostalgic TV and Blankety blank It’s one of those iconic formats that everyone remembers, so I’m thankful to be back for a new series, ‘says 61-year-old Bradley.
Once again, each episode will see a panel of six celebrities trying to help contestants win prizes by filling in the missing blanks for some silly and often cheeky statements.
As the revived game show returns for a new series, here’s everything we know about the new series, plus a chat with Bradley about being the show’s newest host …
‘Blankety Blank’ release date
The nine-part series begins Saturday, October 2 at 9pm on BBC1.
Look out for a Christmas special later in the year too!
‘Blankety Blank’ – a bit of history!
The show is based on the American game show. Game, with the contestants trying to match the answers given by famous panelists with questions to fill in the blanks.
Blankety blank It first aired on BBC1 and was hosted by broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan, who hosted the game show from 1979 to 1983. During his tenure, he had a long, very thin microphone that he used to speak to celebrities on the premises. panel. It was once destroyed by DJ and comedy star Kenny Everett!
From 1984 to 1990, the show was hosted by comedian Les Dawson, known for being dismissive of the prizes offered and also the legendary consolation prize – the Blankety Blank checkbook and pen. He would say things like, “I bet you wish you had stopped home and seen Crossing. Do you want me to lend you the bus ticket home? “
And also: “Love does not matter, you may have lost, but you will never lack something with which to open the door now …”
The show was revived in 1997 when it was hosted by Paul O’Grady as his drag character, Lily Savage. Paul’s acid-tongued alter ego hosted the show on BBC1 until 1999 and on ITV from 2001 to 2002.
There have been some special episodes of Blankety blank ever since with Paul hosting the show as himself for a Comic Relief special in 2011.
Vernon Kay organized a one-time edition for ITV Gameshow Marathon in 2007 and David Walliams hosted a Christmas special in 2016.
‘Blankety Blank’ – a bit about the game!
Contestants fill in the blank word in a statement and earn a point each time a celebrity’s response matches their own. There are two rounds in which the top two performing contestants go head-to-head to win a prize in the Supermatch game.
Who presents the new ‘Blankety Blank’ series?
Comedian, actor and host Bradley Walsh is returning as the host of the show after hosting the Christmas special in 2020.
Before becoming a comedian, Bradley was a professional footballer.
Now he is known more as an actor and presenter.
As an actor, he has appeared in Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK and Doctor who. He is also starring The Larkins, ITV’s upcoming remake of The beloved shoots of May.
As a presenter, he has hosted ITV game shows. The chasing and Defeat the hunters and appeared alongside his son Barney on the ITV series Breaking dad.
Who are the guest stars on ‘Blankety Blank’?
Actress Adjoa Andoh, probably best known for playing Martha Jones’s mother, Francine, in Doctor who (2007-2008) and Collette Griffiths in Victim (2000-2003). She also appeared in EastEnders and Bridgerton.
Actress and singer Martine McCutcheon, best known for playing Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders (1994-1998). After leaving the soap opera, he embarked on a pop career and his first single. Perfect moment it reached number 1 on the charts. In 2003, he starred in the hit romantic comedy. Love, actually, playing tea lady Natalie to Hugh Grant’s British Prime Minister David.
Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas, whose biggest television role to date was that of Geoff Maltby, aka ‘The Oracle, on ITV’s Spanish Christmas sitcom Benidorm. More recently he has starred in a series of comedy novels beginning with Murder on the Blackpool Express in 2017.
Comedian Jimmy Carr, who is a regular on television game shows and is the host of the C4 comedy panel game. 8 out of 10 cats count down.
Actress Chizzy Akudolu is best known for playing cardiac surgeon Mo Effanga in Holby city (2012-2017) and has appeared as a panelist on ITV’s lunchtime talk show Loose women. In 2017, he participated in Strictly come dance, but it was eliminated in the first week.
Actor and host Joe Swash rose to fame as Mickey Miller in EastEnders from 2003 to 2008. In the same year that he left the telenovela, he won I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! He continued to host the series derived from the reality show. I’m a celebrity: Extra Camp (originally called I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here, NOW!) from 2009 to 2018. He also won Dancing on ice in 2020 and was a finalist in the most recent series of Celebrity MasterChef!
Later in the series the other guests will include comedian Joel Dommett, Josh Widdicombe and Rob Beckett, plus singer and host Peter Andre, McFly and Children’s voices star Danny Jones and comedian and host Sue Perkins.
Q&A with ‘Blankety Blank’ host Bradley Walsh
Here, Bradley Walsh tells us how he hosted the show, why he’s always a hit, and follows in the footsteps of his comedy heroes …
How does it feel to bring back ‘Blankety Blank’?
It is a pleasure to be back. I love nostalgic TV and Blankety blank It’s one of those iconic formats that everyone remembers, so I’m thankful to be back for a new series. Filming the Christmas special last year was a lot of fun, and it felt great to make viewers laugh a bit during a particularly difficult year. It’s the funniest show I’ve ever worked on.
Why do you think the Christmas special was so successful with viewers?
I think it was a success because the show is so legendary and can be enjoyed by the whole family. We’ve gotten some great feedback from viewers who enjoyed the show’s nostalgia with the return of the themed tune, checkbook and pen, and goofy questions!
Were you able to have a live studio audience?
The highlight of the shoot was being in front of a live studio audience again, something we really missed when we filmed the Christmas special. The audience always creates a fantastic atmosphere and it is never the same without one. I love being busy and I love my job, so being in the studio is very exciting.
Was filming the series different from filming the Christmas special?
When we filmed the Christmas show, I was not allowed to get close to celebrities due to Coronavirus restrictions, so it was a bit tricky because I could only climb the stairs on both sides of the panel. But for this series I was allowed to go behind them upstairs. The brilliant thing about that is that I could see what they were writing as their responses. Some of them cannot be printed and could not be put on TV, but they decided to change them. You’ll probably see me walk up behind them and start laughing, saying ‘Why did you put that on?’ It’s just brilliant and a lot of fun.
Was it difficult for you not to fall into hysteria?
Despite my age, I have a very youthful sense of humor and anyone who hires me now knows that’s going to happen anyway, so they keep the cameras rolling and let me do my thing. I have to say that Blankety blank it’s the funniest show I’ve ever worked on.
Did someone get out of control?
If I gave you a list of celebrities, there would be a name that would stand out and you could guess who it was. I’m not saying who it was, but they were very rebellious and very, very funny. It got to the point where it was almost unmanageable. I spent most of the show looking down at the camera saying, ‘What can I do?’ It was hysterical.
It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Sir Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Paul O’Grady. I worked as a prep man on the show when he introduced them to the show, so coming back as the host is a real full-circle moment for me.