Blankety Blank set to return to BBC One for new series with Bradley Walsh as host of iconic game show

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Blankety Blank will be returning to our screens on BBC One, with Bradley Walsh taking over as host for the iconic game show.

The actor, who was recently spotted filming for the Darling Buds of May remake, previously hosted a Christmas special of the show in 2020.

Each episode of the series will see a panel of six celebrities attempt to fill in missing answers over different rounds.

Speaking about his new hosting gig, the 60 year old said: "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 new 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."

BBC director of entertainment Kate Phillips expressed: "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."

The BBC confirmed the show will take a prime-time television spot and air on Saturday evenings.

The show originally ran from 1979 to 1990, with the likes of Terry Wogan and Les Dawson hosting it.

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In 1997, Paul O'Grady hosted a revival of the series, which ended up being on-air until 1999.

Bradley's new presenting job comes after he was nominated for his first ever BAFTA award after 12 years of hosting The Chase.

The dad-of-two has appeared on the list of nominees for the Entertainment Performance category for his role as the host of The Chasers.

The star has been an actor since 1993 has been the presenter for the ITV show for 12 years but has never been put forward for the coveted award until now.

Bradley is up against Adam Hills, Claudia Winkelman, David Mitchell, Graham Norton and Romesh Ranganathan, and is one of 18 first-time nominees for the award ceremony.

The former Coronation Street star, who previously sang a duet with Gary Barlow, was praised by his fans who said they were rooting for him.

One person took to social media to comment: "#bradleywalsh no competition." [sic]

A second said: "Bradley Walsh is my choice to win," alongside 10 clapping hands emojis.

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