I’ll have a revamp please, Bob: Blockbusters coming back to TV

Classic game show to be revived on Challenge later this year

Classic TV game show Blockbusters is set to return to our screens after more than a decade off air, being revived by digital channel Challenge.


Blockbusters will begin a new 40-part run later this year, but will now be pitched at an adult audience rather than the show’s traditional teenage viewers.

A presenter has not yet been announced for the revamped programme, but word of the new series comes just weeks after the programme’s most iconic host, Bob Holness, died at the age of 83.

The show’s format involved contestants competing two against one by answering general knowledge questions in an attempt to complete a path across a board of hexagons and advance to the fabled Gold Run section of the show.

Programme maker talkbackTHAMES has begun advertising for contestants, asking for over-18s “with good general knowledge and bags of enthusiasm” to take part.

Blockbusters was originally broadcast with Holness at the helm for ten years, between 1983 and 1993, on ITV, and for one final season on Sky1 in 1994.

It later transferred to BBC2 under the watch of Michael Aspel, before reappearing on Sky1 with Liza Tarbuck as its host in 2000. None of these subsequent versions of the programme managed to match the popularity of the original.


The new run of Blockbusters will be filmed in February.