Romesh Ranganathan to host new celebrity version of The Weakest Link

The show will make a return to the BBC after a ten year absence

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is set to host a new version of The Weakest Link, which returns to our screens after a ten year absence.

The popular BBC quiz show will feature a celebrity line up, and will run for 12 45-minute episodes that will be shown in a primetime BBC One slot.

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Romesh Ranganathan (C) Rumpus Media Ltd - Photographer: Production
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The show was originally hosted by Anne Robinson, with the presenter earning a fearsome reputation for her infamous put-downs and sass.

At a glance: 5 key points

- Romesh Ranganathan will host a new celebrity version of The Weakest Link, bringing the show back to the BBC after a ten-year hiatus.

- Ranganathan is known for his show The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, host of sports quiz show A League of Their Own, and his BAFTA award winning BBC Two programme The Ranganation

- The new series will be filmed in Glasgow, and will return to the BBC in a Saturday night slot for 12 45-minute episodes.

- The announcement arrives on the same day of former host Anne Robinson's debut as the new presenter of Channel 4’s Countdown. She is the first female host of the long running quiz show.

- The BBC quiz show originally aired from 2000 to 2012 on BBC Two and BBC One in the UK. The show was last seen on BBC One in 2017 in a charity episode filmed in aid of Children in Need.

What’s been said?

Ranganathan said it was an "honour" to bring back "a TV institution".

"Anne was an amazing host and to step into her shoes is an anxiety-inducing privilege," said Ranganathan.

"I'm hoping we've found a way to make both the fans of the show happy as well as bringing a new audience to it."

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment, BBC, says: “Weakest Link has always been a firm favourite with audiences and Anne Robinson was a terrific and formidable host. I can’t wait to see Romesh bring his own unique style of presenting to one of TV’s most memorable roles.”