BBC1 has ordered a full series of the rebooted gameshow Blankety Blank from Thames following its Christmas special.
The 10×35’ series will once again be presented by Bradley Walsh as each episode sees a panel of six celebrities try to fill in the missing blanks over a series of rounds and help win prizes for contestants.
Last year’s Christmas special celebrity panel included Jimmy Carr, Danny Jones, Emilia Fox, Anita Rani, Sue Perkins and Amir Khan and saw 6.3million viewers tuning in, making it the most watched Entertainment programme across all channels on Christmas Day.
Bradley Walsh says: “I struggle to remember the last time I laughed as much as when I was filming Blankety Blank – so when they asked if I’d be up for doing a series, I jumped at the chance, I’m just so pleased I get to be a part of it. I stand on the shoulders of giants like Les Dawson and Sir Terry Wogan but I’m hoping to put my own stamp on the fantastically nostalgic show.”
Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment at the BBC, says: “Blankety Blank has it all – ridiculous questions, unpredictable celebrities, bizarre prizes and, in Bradley a very funny and much loved host. I can’t wait for everyone to watch and start filling in those blanks!”
Amelia Brown, Managing Director of Thames, says: “To be able to team this legendary format with the legend that is Bradley Walsh in a series, is so exciting and a match made in heaven. We can’t wait to get into studio with Bradley and a host of brilliant panellists.”
Celebrity guests and further broadcast details will be confirmed in due course.
Blankety Blank is a Thames (part of Fremantle) Production for BBC One and was commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producer for Thames is Christopher Barber and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.