WHEEL OF FORTUNE: ALISON HAMMOND ORIGINALLY HOSTED PILOT FOR UK REBOOT
Wheel Of Fortune returns to the UK this week on ITV, but it was originally Alison Hammond who was set to host after fronting the pilot episode for ITV in late 2020.
In June 2022, it was reported by The Sun that ITV had 'axed' plans for a reboot, however a year later in June 2023, ITV announced the iconic gameshow was returning, but with new host Graham Norton.
Returning for a run which includes two celebrity specials, the epic game show will once again be centred around a giant carnival wheel as the contestants spin to win for a life-changing cash prize.
In this thrilling game of skill and luck, the turn of the wheel secures a cash value before they pick a letter to help them solve the puzzle - for every correct letter they reveal in the puzzle, they win multiples of that amount.
The pressure is on as they could lose everything at a spin of a wheel which contains ‘bankrupts’ and ‘lose a turn’, and the contestants’ entire winnings could be wiped out.
In addition to cash, they can also win some impressive prizes which are added to their cash pot to help them reach the bonus round - everything is up for grabs, but only one lucky contestant will get the chance to add big money to their cash pot and see if they can take it home.
Graham Norton said: "I’m beyond excited to be bringing such an iconic American show to a new British audience. My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so this feels like coming full circle. You might even call it a wheel!"
Wheel Of Fortune returns Saturday 6th January at 6pm on ITV1.