Blankety Blank returns with host of Strictly Come Dancing stars

'Blankety Blank' has signed up 18 stars from 'Strictly Come Dancing' for its new series.

The iconic gameshow will be back in the 9pm Saturday night primetime slot on BBC One, with The Chase's Bradley Walsh taking on hosting duties and there will be a plethora of ballroom stars on board too.

Show host Tess Daly, professional dancer Janette Manrara, judge Craig Revel Horwood, and this year's contestant, 'Loose Women' star Judi Love, will all be appearing.

The 'Strictly' connection continues with former show contestants Brian Conley, Alex Jones, Chizzy Akudolu, Gregg Wallace, Gloria Hunniford, Judy Murray, Louis Smith, Karim Zeroual, Mark Wright, Melvin Odoom, Ore Oduba, Rachel Riley, Peter Andre and Sophie Ellis-Bextor all set to appear.

The original 'Blankety Blank' ran from 1979 until 1990 on the BBC, hosted by Sir Terry Wogan until 1983 and then by Les Dawson from 1984 until 1990 when it was cancelled.

The show was brought back in 2001 with Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage hosting for a year.

In 2016, ITV produced a one off Christmas special which saw David Walliams host and last year the BBC did their own one-off festive special which saw Bradley hosting for the first time.

Speaking earlier this year, Bradley, 61, felt honoured to be a 'Blankety Blank' host.

He said: "I struggle to remember the last time I laughed as much as when I was filming 'Blankety Blank'.

"So when they asked if I'd be up for doing a series, I jumped at the chance, I'm just so pleased I get to be a part of it.

"I stand on the shoulders of giants like Les Dawson and Sir Terry Wogan but I'm hoping to put my own stamp on the fantastically nostalgic show."


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