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Romesh Ranganathan announces renewal of quiz show as weakest link not

Romesh Ranganathan Announces Renewal Of Quiz Show As Weakest Link Not

Romesh Ranganathan has said that he is “delighted” that he will refrain from declaring that he is the weakest link as the show has been renewed for another series.

The 44-year-old comedian replaced no-nonsense quizmaster Anne Robinson as host of the BBC One quiz show when it was relaunched with celebrity contestants last December.

Ranganathan will once again join a line-up of famous faces each week as they try to win up to £50,000 for their chosen charity by answering trivia questions.

The comedian said: “I’m happy to do another series, partly because it’s a fun show and the response has been amazing, but mainly to avoid the ‘Turn Out Romesh the Weakest Link’ headlines.”

The broadcaster said the new celebrity version became popular with viewers and the series reached 18.4 million last year.

Some of the celebrity guests who appeared on the series included former Made In Chelsea star Jamie Ling, broadcaster Nikki Fox, food critic Jay Renner and fellow comedian Ed Gamble.

The reboot began with a Strictly Come Dancing special featuring professional dancers and former contestants including Anton Du Beke, Janet Manara and Clara Amfo.

Kate Phillips, director of Unscripted at the BBC, said: “Once again under the leadership of our ringmaster Romesh, viewers can expect a lot of laughs and almost certainly a lot of backstabbing as the country’s favorite, quick-fire quiz returns. Can’t wait, I can’t wait!”

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The new series will then be filmed at BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow, with The Weeknd Link returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in 2022.

The BBC has said that celebrity contestants will be confirmed in due course.

BBC Studios executive producer Pete Ogden said: “I am very excited to be making the weak link again at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

“It was wonderful to see the last series go so well with audiences and love nothing more than to put celebrities under pressure and make them vote for each other.

“Romesh is a treat to work with and I can’t wait to bring him to another batch of celebrities.”

The original series was first aired in 2000 before ending after 12 years. It returned in 2017 for a Children in Need special.

The new series from The Weakest Link will return this year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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