Catchphrase to be revived on ITV1

Stephen Mulhern will host a revamped version of the popular game show featuring new graphics and a "dynamic" end game

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What’s Mr. Chips doing there? Why, he’s lending Stephen Mulhern a hand with the hosting duties on a new series of Catchphrase…

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Yes, ITV’s evidently seen what its viewers are saying and the broadcaster has decided to revive Catchphrase for a new eight-episode run.

The returning game-show has been lined up for a prime time Saturday evening slot and, in addition to its new host, the programme will boast “a brand new set, exciting 3D graphics and a dynamic new end game.”

ITV’s controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper welcomed the return of Catchphrase enthusiastically, saying: “We’re delighted that this highly popular classic game show is returning to ITV and will once again give our viewers a chance to ‘say what they see’.”

It’s a chance I dare say that viewers will be only too happy to take, as Catchphrase has been enormously popular in Britain since its TV debut in 1986, with repeats the show’s early series still airing on digital channel Challenge today.

But while new host Mulhern will no doubt eschew original host Roy Walker’s repertoire of corny Catchphrase gags, he’s bound to be hoping that something to equal Catchphrase’s most infamous moment will happen during the new series: 

Catchphrase originally ran on ITV1 from 1986-2002. Roy Walker hosted the show for its first 13 years on air before being succeed first by Nick Weir in 2000 and then Mark Curry in 2002.

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An air-date for the new series of Catchphrase has yet to be announced.