As rumours go it’s one of the more unusual, but TV Tonight hears whispers that FremantleMedia is indeed set to revive longtime TV favourite It’s a Knockout after all.
The show has often been on the rumour mill, most recently as August when TEN was tipped to announce it at its 2012 programming launch.
At the time TEN said it was yet to make a decision on reviving the show, in which teams compete in a series of arena challenges.
There are whispers that the show will produce a short-run of episodes, not in Australia but in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on an international course.
Nine recently produced an Australian version of Wipeout at an obstacle course in Argentina, sending contestants, producers and a presenter to the South American location rather than investing in a local course.
The show originally ran on Australian television from 1985 to 1987 with Billy J. Smith and Fiona MacDonald, however its forerunner was Almost Anything Goes from 1976 to 1978, based on a French production. But it has lived on with TV nostalgics who have long sought its return.
With the Gillard Government unable to send refugees to Malaysia for offshore-processing, who’da thought we’d be sending Aussie teams there for It’s a Knockout first?
Stranger than fiction if it all comes true….