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Comedian Michael McIntyre has returned with three Olympic-themed specials of his popular game show The Wheel. However, the much-loved funnyman has admitted he never knows the answers to the questions asked.
“I actually think that my extraordinary lack of general knowledge has really helped with the drama of the show. I rarely have any idea what the correct answer is, so my joy when the correct one is revealed is always genuine,” he explained.
Viewers loved Michael’s quiz show which sees a whole host of different celebrities bring their own specialist subject to the table. They sit around a huge spinning roulette wheel and help contestants to – hopefully – win big.
In spite of his lack of general knowledge, Michael revealed that his sporting knowhow is top notch.
“I have to say sport would be my best category for sure. If I was a contestant, I would always pick anything to do with sport first and then rely entirely on the experts for the remainder of the game!”
As the show progresses, contestants are helped along their way by the celebrities in each episode. Michael explained that there would be a sports expert and category on the wheel in each of the three specials.
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“Basically, there is a sports expert and category on the wheel each week, like Clare Balding on the Olympics and Greg Rutherford on London 2012 and Denise Lewis on athletics. The rest of the wheel is filled with an array of celebrities and categories, as per usual,” he said.
Among the “amazing line-up” of celebrity experts taking part are Andton Du Beke (on dancing), Rob Rinder (on the law and Nigel Havers (on theatre).
If the show’s former success is anything to go by, the three specials will be great viewing.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the success of this show,” said Michael. “ It takes time for a new format to bed in, mainly so that viewers can get to grips with the rules and variations in gameplay. Every game is so different, and that is a great strength of the format.”
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Plus, Michael revealed that viewers can look forward to a new series later this year.
“We’ve just finished filming the Olympic specials, plus a new series for the autumn, and the shows are even better now. Mainly because the contestants and experts all know what the show is and are excited to be part of it.
He continued: “The Wheel is a very funny and dramatic game show. And the theme tune is sensationally catchy. Just watch it – it’s fabulous!”
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel continues Saturday 30th at 8.30pm on BBCOne.
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