Rory Bremner, Phil Spencer and Sandi Toksvig to head new Channel 4 daytime line-up

The broadcaster is revamping its schedules to include a raft of new gameshows, more Coach Trips and a teatime version of Four Rooms

If you watch a lot of daytime TV but you’re getting fed up with repeats of Cash in the Attic, you’ll be intrigued to learn that Channel 4’s after-lunch-but-pre-dinner schedules will soon by bolstered by a raft of new shows starring the likes of Rory Bremner, Phil Spencer, Sandi Toksvig and Brendan Sheerin.


Bremner is to front a new game show for the channel called Race the Clock, in which players will battle to remain in control of the game for the longest time possible in the hopes of winning big money – but if the clock counts down to zero while they’re in play, they’ll walk away with nothing.

Another new quiz show for the channel, The Common Denominator, will be hosted by Location, Location, Location’s Phil Spencer. Instead of testing what players know, Spencer will be attempting to discover how they think, with points being awarded for associative and lateral thinking rather than displays of general knowledge.

Coach Trip’s convivial driver Brendan Sheerin will soon be setting off around the world again in Magical Mystery Tour, a series in which he will take eight tourists on five “day trips of a lifetime” to exotic destinations around the globe.

Brendan’s also going to be trading in his beloved bus for a cruise liner next year in another new show, Brendan’s Love Boat, which will see him attempting to help holidaymakers find love aboard ship.

Radio 4’s Sandi Toksvig has signed up to host a third new Channel 4 game show called 1001 Things You Should Know, which will test players’ general knowledge and give them the chance to win big cash prizes.

And Four Rooms will move to daytime for its next series. Anita Rani will once again front the show, which sees members of the public attempting to make some serious cash by selling curious items to 12 antique dealers.

Channel 4 Head of Formats, Dominic Bird, said: “2013 is set to be an incredibly exciting year with a broad and distinctive range of programmes. This raft of new commissions reflects just some of the fresh and original output that will start to shape the daytime schedule in the coming months.”‘


1001 Things You Should Know will begin airing this month, with the rest of the shows to follow in early 2013.