SBS to reboot Letters & Numbers
Cult SBS favourite is set for a comeback, with new host Michael Hing.
EXCLUSIVE: SBS game show Letters & Numbers is on the comeback trail.
TV Tonight understands SBS is planning a reboot of game show which ran from 2010 – 2012 with ITV Studios Australia.
Comedian Michael Hing, best known as host of Where Are You Really From? will host the new version, tipped for Saturday nights.
Hing is also known from The Feed, Good Game Pocket and acting in The Other Guy. He co-hosts Free to a Good Home podcast with Ben Jenkins, appears on triple J and recently performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Based on UK format Countdown and French show Des chiffres et des lettres, the series was hosted by Richard Morecroft with with word-wiz David Astle and mathematician Lily Serna. It ran for 450 episodes, with contestants showing skills in both arithmetic and lexicon skills. It was axed rating 130,000 and replaced with the UK version, presumably as a cost cutting measure, but drawing an outcry on social media.
Since then endless repeats continue to draw a loyal following in a late arvo timeslot, at around 90,000 viewers.
It isn’t clear if fan favourites Lily Serna (who became something of a TV cult figure) and David Astle are to be involved in the new edition.
An SBS spokesperson said, “Letters and Numbers has always been a hit with SBS audiences, and the iconic game show has been entertaining our viewers for years. Though we can’t confirm anything just yet, we may have some exciting news to share soon. In the meantime, viewers can catch up at SBS On Demand.”