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Monday, August 16, 1999 Published at 09:32 GMT 10:32 UK


Channel 5's knockout comeback

Bottoms up: It's A Knockout in 1976

Filming has begun on Channel 5's revival of the 1970s quiz show It's A Knockout, which is returning to TV screens after 17 years.

The show attracted up to 19m viewers in its heyday, watching teams from across the UK tackle greasy poles, log-rolling and bungee runs to the amusement of hosts Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring.

[ image: The new team, led by Keith Chegwin (right)]
The new team, led by Keith Chegwin (right)
The new show, which Channel 5 has dubbed "It's A Knockout for the millennium", is hosted by Keith Chegwin with help from Lucy Alexander, former boxer Frank Bruno and glamour model Nell McAndrew.

Filming started in Reading, Berkshire yesterday on the first of the 10 programmes in the series.

Channel 5 has promised the show will be brought "bang up to date without losing the well-loved elements that made it such a popular show for all the family in the 1970s".

The original BBC programme made cult figures of Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring, who frequently collapsed in laughter as they struggled to describe the contestants' antics.

[ image: Stuart Hall: Presenter still has a cult following]
Stuart Hall: Presenter still has a cult following
An international version of It's A Knockout, Jeux Sans Frontieres, was also a success, featuring teams from across Europe wearing outsize foam character costumes.

Waring died in 1986, but Hall remains a popular broadcaster, with his football reports on BBC Radio 5 Live attracting a cult audience.

In February more than 50 MPs signed a House of Commons motion congratulating him on more than 50 years in broadcasting.

The new series begins on Channel 5 on 3 September.

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