David Walliams to host one-off Blankety Blank

Vintage game show Blankety Blank is set to return for a one-off special this Christmas, hosted by David Walliams who says he has “some very big shoes to fill”.

The show will need a few upgrades though - Walliam's Twitter followers pointed out that the old consolation prize of a chequebook and pen is practically obsolete now.

For Blankety newbies, the show involves six different celebrity panellists each week, and two contestants from the general public who are competing to win the prize money. Everyone is given phrases with a 'blank' to complete, and the contestants get points every time a celebrity's answer matches their own. Classic game-show hijinks generally ensue.

It's almost identical to Match Game in the US (or Snatch Game in RuPaul's Drag Race), which also happened to have a comeback this year.

Blankety Blank first aired 37 years ago in 1979, under the watch of Terry Wogan, who hosted until 1983 when Les Dawson took over. It took a break between 1990 and 1997, before having a comeback with Paul O'Grady's Lily Savage.

David Walliams was a fan through it all. He said: "I have some very big shoes to fill as presenter of Blankety Blank, I loved Terry Wogan and Les Dawson as a child, and Paul O'Grady was absolutely hilarious. I hope I can bring this much loved show to life for a new generation."

Suzy Lamb, head of entertainment for production company Thames, added: "After 14 years off air, we are very excited to be bringing back such an iconic game show. With David Walliams at the helm, Blankety Blank will be packed with fun and laughter for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas."

You can catch the one-off special on ITV some time around December.

Source: ITV

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