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Tuesday, April 27, 1999 Published at 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK


It's A Knockout returns

That's entertainment,1976-style: It's A Knockout had ratings of 19m

Channel 5 has announced plans to bring back classic TV show It's A Knockout - together with original host Stuart Hall.

The programme was one of the BBC's most popular shows in the 1970s, attracting up to 19m viewers who watched teams get muddy while tackling greasy poles, log-rolling and bungee runs.

[ image: Stuart Hall: Presenter still has a cult following]
Stuart Hall: Presenter still has a cult following
Hall and fellow presenter Eddie Waring became cult figures as they collapsed in laughter trying to describe the contestants' antics.

An international version, Jeux Sans Frontieres, was also a success, with contestants wearing outsize foam character costumes.

Now Channel 5 has announced the revival at the Montreux Television Festival, Switzerland, and confirmed Hall will be playing a part in the show.

"It will be It's A Knockout for the millennium", a spokesman said.

" We will be bringing it bang up to date without losing the well-loved elements that made it such a popular show for all the family in the 1970s."

Waring died in 1986 but Hall still remains a popular broadcaster. His football commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live attract a cult audience, and in February more than 50 MPs signed a House of Commons motion congratulating him on 40 years of broadcasting.

[ image: Jeremy Beadle: Returns to TV with his own money on offer]
Jeremy Beadle: Returns to TV with his own money on offer
Meanwhile, the channel is bringing back one of ITV's biggest names of the 1980s and 1990s - Jeremy Beadle.

The former Beadle's About host is putting up his own money in prizes for a new general knowledge quiz. The show is currently untitled, but the format is based on a show named after its host - Win Ben Stein's Money - which is broadcast on the US network Comedy Central.

Beadle has been off Britain's TV screens in recent years. He was replaced as host of camcorder show You've Been Framed by Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, and his Beadle's About stunt show was axed by ITV after falling ratings.

However, he is still playing pranks - these days his audiences and victims are at corporate events and functions.

The Channel 5 spokesman said the show would be filmed in the summer.

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