TEN is showing no signs of slowing down despite its current predicament, announcing a brand new game show, CRAM, to be hosted by Pete Helliar.
The UK format, to be produced by ITV Studios Australia, will pit two teams of comedians and celebrities tested on their memories across general knowledge categories.
Each category will be introduced with a “cram”: a brief video on any subject from dogs to Leonardo da Vinci, jeans to Justin Bieber. The team that recalls the most facts is the winner.
The teams will be captained by comedian Dilruk Jayasinha and actor Virginia Gay.
“I am thrilled to be hosting the exciting new television quiz, panel, game, fantasy, family-drama, comedy CRAM,” said Helliar. “It’s something I wasn’t expecting but as soon as I started playing I was hooked immediately and wanted in. It’s highly addictive and I can imagine Aussie families taking to this as passionately as I have.
“I’ve always been a big crammer. Whether it was for high school exams or news stories on The Project, I’ve crammed my whole life. I’m also thrilled to be working on another TV show for TEN, who have promised to pay me in Brashs vouchers.
“I am also very excited with the team assembled. Dilruk is not only one of the hottest comedy properties around but also joyous to be around. I suspect by the time the first season is finished Dilruk will not only be a household favourite but the autocorrect on my phone will cease changing his name to ‘Soleil’,” he said.
“Virginia has not only aced her dramatic and comedy work in All Saints and Winners & Losers in recent years but I have loved being around her passion and enthusiasm and watching her grapple with various crams is a genuine wonder to behold.”
Producing are Peter Beck (Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Mad As Hell, Dancing with the Stars) and Peter Lawler (I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!).
Network TEN Head of Comedy, Paul Leadon said: “The real joy of CRAM is you can’t help but play along at home. It’s simple; all the facts are given to you, you just have to remember them. But with host Pete Helliar doing his best to make you laugh, remembering the facts can get a little tricky.”
ITV Studios CEO and Managing Director, David Mott, said: “This unique ITV Studios format is simply drop dead funny with the game play for our celebrity guests and viewers at home.
“We’re currently witnessing a comedy resurgence in Australia and we’re confident that
CRAM will resonate with audiences of all ages.”
It will be filmed TEN’s Sydney studios in front of an audience and premiere later this year.