ITV has commissioned American classic game show "Jeopardy!" from Whisper North and it will be air it on ITV1 and ITVX this autumn. Hosted by broadcaster Stephen Fry, the weekday entertainment show will provide nostalgia for fans of the format, while introducing the family quiz show to a brand new audience.
The 20 x 60’ episode series will see contestants play to win, using their best general knowledge to win rounds and may continue amassing winnings, the longer they stay in the game. The new show will allow participants to play an extra round compared to the original format, increasing the stakes for the player. The American classic first came to screens in the UK in the 1980s but now, ITV and Stephen Fry are set to bring a modern twist to the culturally iconic gameshow.
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.”
Sunil Patel, Whisper CEO, said: "I can't think of a more perfect pairing: An iconic American quiz show and the legendary Stephen Fry. It's an absolute thrill to introduce 'Jeopardy!' to a new generation of ITV quiz fans, with its unique twist on the traditional question-and-answer format where viewers can play along at home."
The executive producers of "Jeopardy!" are Kerri Reid, Tom McLennan and Stephen Fry. It was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment and Leanne Clarke, ITV Entertainment Commissioner.
The original U.S. quiz show is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, which is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution along with the format rights.