Stephen Fry goes behind the lectern to host ‘Jeopardy! UK’ – National


Jeopardy! has crossed the pond.

Yes, you learn that proper: the well-known answer-and-question recreation present has added a pair letters to the top of its identify. Dubbed Jeopardy! UK, the present will probably be hosted by Stephen Fry (The Morning Show, The Hobbit) and can air completely on BBC First in Canada beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Despite the large transfer, the present will for essentially the most half keep the identical apart from one huge change — the U.Ok. model will enable individuals to play an additional spherical, rising stakes for the gamers.

Fry is not any stranger to internet hosting quiz reveals, having hosted the favored British quiz program QI from 2003 to 2016.

“I am dizzy with delight and honoured to host,” Fry mentioned. “I hope Canadians watching this endlessly rewarding game show will welcome me into their homes as they did the great and iconic Alex Trebek. Audiences should be prepared for a nostalgic and uniquely beguiling good time to grace screens on BBC First in Canada this January.”

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Global News did a fast Q&A with Fry concerning the gig, and the way British people are taking to the “new” recreation present.

Global News: Do you watch the unique Jeopardy!? And do you continue to watch it once you’re in North America?
Stephen Fry: Yes, I watch Jeopardy! at any time when I can once I’m in America. I’ve change into fairly fixated with it as a result of there are such a lot of dramas concerned, inner little narratives that change and shift over the weeks. It’s thrilling, and I believe there’s something magical concerning the format. I first noticed Jeopardy! all these years in the past, with the legendary Alex Trebek internet hosting the quiz present and the concept that I’m now on this place on the lectern in command of the sport, nicely, I imply, it makes me must pinch myself.

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How have the U.Ok. contestants taken to the quiz present?
The U.Ok. contestants have taken to the sport like geese to water. It’s been wonderful to observe. Numerous them have seen it earlier than, and even when they haven’t, it’s a recreation that, like so many others, in the event you attempt to describe it and simply lay it out in phrases, it sounds odd. But, as quickly as you begin watching it, you choose it up, and the little nuances change into very obvious, and our contestants have been wonderful.

They’ve actually proven all features of this recreation. They’ve proven that it’s known as Jeopardy! for motive. They take dangers, , it’s important to take dangers, and typically it will probably blow up of their face, they usually can go from a excessive to a low cash rating in seconds. It’s very unpredictable, and it’s fantastic to observe. Our U.Ok. contestants are merely good, and the vary of their data will blow audiences away.

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How do you suppose you’d fare as a contestant?
[Laughs] Well, there are some topics I really feel fairly assured in, and I believe: How come they haven’t obtained that? But, I’ve to say I’d be very weak in some scientific, mathematical, and geographical classes. I’ve all the time been very unhealthy at recognizing nations’ flags.

For instance, I’m not naturally gifted with visible reminiscence. I’m very unhealthy at faces. Indeed, I’ve prosopagnosia, which is face blindness. So I’m fairly unhealthy at these visible clues that present the face, however I believe I might take pleasure in it as a result of there’s one thing concerning the trip in Jeopardy!. There’s one thing concerning the peaks and the troughs that will give me pleasure. I’d in all probability sweat and battle for the buzzer. Maybe at some point I’ll play Jeopardy!.

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Can you give us an instance of a few of the nice question-answers you’ve heard?
There was an excellent query the place the reply is also a sport. For instance, what was the insect that stood on Pinocchio’s shoulder? And the reply to that was cricket, which can also be a sport. The one I actually love was a couple of typewriter key between escape and shift, or nonetheless it was described, it was extra correct than that, and I used to be utterly flummoxed. And after all, it was F1 the perform key, which can also be Formula One, the game. So our clue setters as we name them are actually good. I imply, they give you essentially the most imaginative clues.

Tell us extra about Jeopardy! and what makes this quiz present so iconic?
It’s not simply boards of all these sums of cash and choose them, get it proper and the primary one to attain essentially the most on the finish is the winner. It’s truly a lot cleverer than that. It’s known as Jeopardy!, as a repeating, for an excellent motive. There’s loads of risk-taking concerned. There are loads of sudden surprises, and it brings out the easiest in all contestants, not simply their data, but additionally their quick-wittedness, as a result of it’s not all the time a data query. Sometimes it’s phrase video games and puzzles, and likewise these contestants are ready to again their very own data and judgement, that makes it actually what it’s, the best quiz recreation ever devised.

‘Jeopardy! UK’ premieres Wednesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, completely on BBC First in Canada. New episodes will air each Wednesday.

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