ITV have officially announced that its rebooting classic gameshow Jeopardy for a brand new daytime series, due to air later this year. The commission was exclusively revealed by TV Zone earlier last week.
Hosted by broadcaster Stephen Fry, the weekday entertainment show will provide nostalgia for fans of the format, while introducing the family-friendly quiz show to a brand new audience.
The twenty-episode series will see contestants play to win, using their best general knowledge to win rounds and may continue amassing winnings… if they can stay on until the end. The reboot will allow participants to play an extra round compared to the original format, increasing the stakes for the players.
The American classic first appeared on our screens in the UK in the 1980s and now Stephen will bring a modern twist to the cult classic.
Stephen Fry said: “In the United States, Jeopardy! is a phenomenon like no other. 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.”
Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment said: “Bringing Jeopardy! to a brand new audience as part of our weekday schedule is exciting. There is no one better to host this classic game show than Stephen, bringing knowledge and entertainment to all of our viewers.”
Jeopardy! is a Whisper North production for ITV1 and ITVX. The executive producers are Kerri Reid, Tom McLennan and Stephen Fry. It was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment and Leanne Clarke, ITV Entertainment Commissioner.
Jeopardy will air later this year on ITV1.