Sporting guru H.G. Nelson will host a long-awaited revival of iconic family game-show, It’s a Knockout.
Confirmed to screen on TEN across summer, Brad McEwan will be the show’s anchor joined by Charli Robinson.
As revealed by TV Tonight, it will be filmed in Kuala Lumpur.
Similar to it’s original series which ran from 1985 to 1987, there will be four teams of 15 members in a state vs state smackdown.
The eight episodes mark the first commission for Spring, the recently established division of FremantleMedia Australia.
H. G. Nelson said: “It’s a Knockout is The People’s Olympics. This hour of fun features contestants with no real athletic abilities having a crack at events that should be starters on London’s gold medal agenda.
“Knockout fills the yawning hole in TEN’s sports schedule now that it has moved on from its top rating AFL coverage. Personally it is a dream come true to be packing down with Brad and Charli trackside calling the fund raising mayhem.”
David Mott, TEN’s chief programming officer said: “Summer is a time for light, fun, family viewing and It’s A Knockout is the perfect show to offer all that and more. Our line up of HG, Brad and Charli is sure to bring the right mix of social commentary, humour and dare I say sporting acumen…to this contemporary take on TV’s ultimate arena showdown.”
Spring boss Tony Skinner added: “Spring is delighted to be producing one of Australia’s most remembered and loved game shows. HG, Brad and Charli will undoubtedly give It’s A Knockout a whole new level of entertainment. This summer will be a whole lot brighter thanks to the foresight of TEN and ingenuity of the production team at Spring.”
The Spring production will use a base at Kuala Lumpur similar to the way Nine kept costs down on Wipeout Australia by filming in Argentina. Despite the amusing ‘off-shore processing’ analogies that might be levelled at the show, TEN’s move to shoot an original series for summer is a bold move.
In a wonderfully nostalgic nod, Spring has also commissioned Rick Turk the original composer of the memorable theme song to create a contemporary version for the 2011 series.