BBC One confirms return of two huge game shows after three-year hiatus

Saturday nights are about to get even better after BBC One confirmed the return of two of the UK’s favourite gameshows.

Following a three-year hiatus, BAFTA award-winning presenter Michael McIntyre will be returning as the host for The Big Show and his popular gameshow The Wheel.

The father-of-two is expected to film six episodes of The Big Show, which will be on screens later this year, and features popular segments including Send to All, Celebrity Midnight Gameshow and the Unexpected Star of the Show.

Speaking of his return, Michael, 46, said: “Three long years of no Unexpected Stars, of me not getting my hands on a single celebrity’s mobile phone, of people sleeping soundly without fear of me sneaking into their bedrooms.

“Well the wait is over, the Big Show is back and we’ve used those three years to think of even bigger surprises and bigger laughs! I’m elated that both shows are so beloved and returning to BBC One.”

Also teasing the return of The Wheel, the comedian added: “And, as well as making stars of the unsuspecting public on the Big Show, I will be making another series of the show that literally revolves around me! Yes! The Wheel is spinning back too!” he added.

The gameshow is packed with edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, big laughs, huge stars and a colossal spinning Wheel.

Contestants hope to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrities in a bid to win life-changing cash.

Both game shows are produced by Hungry McBear Media, with Holly Willoughby’s husband Dan Baldwin at the helm.

Dan said of the news: “We can’t wait to bring two of the nation’s favourite Saturday night shows back to BBC One.

“If you’ve missed seeing Gino D’Acampo in his pants at midnight, a firefighter singing Opera or Jamie Oliver texting everyone in his phone that he loves chicken nuggets – then you’re in for a real treat as Big Show’s returning!

"And Michael will once again be at the centre of TV’s biggest game show – The Wheel. See you there!"

Both shows were shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on filming across the UK throughout 2020 and 2021.

The third series of The Wheel is expected to return later this year.

The game show first aired in 2020 and was the highest new BBC Entertainment launch in a decade with episode one consolidating almost seven million viewers.

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