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Graham Norton to host Wheel Of Fortune as ‘iconic’ game show makes return | Ents & Arts News

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The much-loved game show Wheel Of Fortune is set to return to TV screens next year with Graham Norton as its new host.

The show will return for eight episodes, including two celebrity specials still yet to be announced.

Norton said he was “beyond excited” to bring back the “iconic” show to the British public.

He added: “My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so this feels like coming full circle.

“You might even call it a wheel!”

Wheel Of Fortune was first launched in the UK in 1998 and it was last aired on ITV in 2001.

The UK game show was adapted from the hit US programme of the same name.

Nicky Campbell began hosting the show, followed by Bradley Walsh, John Leslie and Paul Hendy subsequently serving as presenters.

Angela Ekaette, Carol Smillie, Jenny Powell and Terri Seymour also featured on the series as “hostesses” – often referred to as “glamorous assistants”.

What is the game all about?

The game is known for its giant carnival wheel as the contestants spin to win a cash prize.

The turn of the wheel secures a cash value before contestants pick a letter to help them solve a word puzzle.

But contestants could also lose everything on a spin of the wheel, which contains a “bankrupt” section.

In addition to cash, prizes are added to the pot to help them reach the bonus round.

Everything is up for grabs, but only one contestant will get the chance to add big money to their cash pot and see if they can take it home.

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The revival is set to return on ITV and ITVX next year.

Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment commissioning at ITV, said: “We are thrilled to have the much-loved Graham Norton bringing this iconic game show to our viewers.

“Anything can happen on the spin of a wheel, it is going to be so much fun.”

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