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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 18:07 GMT
Shafted to return next year
Kilroy-Silk also hosts BBC discussion show
Kilroy-Silk also hosts BBC discussion show
Robert Kilroy-Silk's quiz show Shafted is not being "shafted" for good, according to ITV.

Reports had claimed it had been dropped after three episodes, because it was harming the ratings for Cold Feet.

The series is being replaced on Monday nights by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but will return in a new timeslot in the New Year.

Ratings have suffered at Cold Feet, which stars Helen Baxendale
Ratings have suffered at Cold Feet, which stars Helen Baxendale

Nicola Howson from ITV told BBC News Online: "We are changing its scheduling.

"We have high hopes for it and it has performed very well.

"It will be back for a consistent run next year. We want Millionaire to provide a stronger lead for Cold Feet."

Moral dilema

Shafted poses a moral dilema to contestants, whether to keep the money and "shaft" their opponent, or to share the cash, and it has been compared with the BBC's The Weakest Link.

On Monday's episode of Shafted, contestants Elaine Thorpe and Ralph Short missed out on a 217,000 prize after they decided to "shaft" each other.

A spokeswoman said: "If Elaine and Ralph had shared, they could have walked away with 108,000 each and they've only got themselves to blame."

Viewing figures had started strongly for the show with over 6.6m tuning in, but that had fallen by a million by its third show.

ITV had hoped the series would provide their flagship drama Cold Feet with a stronger audience lead-in, but as a result the Monday episode's of the Manchester series have been suffering in the ratings.

Anne Robinson
The Weakest Link has been compared to Shafted
Shafted has already had its share of criticism, after it was slated by the Salvation Army, which suggested it encouraged greed and back-stabbing.

Kilroy-Silk, who also hosts a BBC morning discussion show, said on its launch: "This is entertainment. I'm not here to educate people or change the world. I'm in the business of entertainment.

"Shafted is about human nature. Everyone can come in and be St Francis of Assisi. Nobody is telling them to lie or be aggressive or competitive."

See also:

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