It was mooted to be returning in 2011, with ITV picking up the format late last year as a ‘youth aimed’ game show fronted by Keith Lemon. Now some of the illustrious guest list has been revealed.
Through The Keyhole, which first appeared back in 1983 as a feature on breakfast magazine show Good Morning Britain, saw a panel of celebs trying to workout whose famous home is being featured via Lloyd Grossman wandering around the home of a famous face, providing clues to a panel of other celebrities who had to guess “who would live in a house like this?”
The breakfast feature, which became a fully-blown ITV game show in 1987, was bought by media giant Fremantle from Sir David Frost’s company, David Paradine Productions two years ago. At the time the media empire reportedly were pitching the format as “a young-skewing, celebrity access style gameshow.”
“It was the first gameshow to celebrate celebrity culture, and there is now a new generation of celebrities all over the world who are eager to respond to the famous catch phrase: ‘Who lives in a house like this?’.” – Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia’s acting president of worldwide entertainment, told Broadcast in 2011.
In 2010 ITV decided against bringing the series back, in a spoof format, for ITV2 however with the success of character Keith Lemon (comedian Leigh Francis) for the broadcaster a lowbrow version of the game was commissioned for ITV in December last year.
Lemon will be joined on the panel by a line up of names ranging from Cilla Black to Dave Berry, Johnathan Ross to Eamonn Holmes. Others noted include singer Mollie King and actor Simon Gregson Whats on TV report.
The original version, fronted for its entire run by David Frost, switched from ITV to Sky One and then to the BBC before the axe fell after being shunted from BBC One to BBC Two in 2008. Grossman quit in 2003, and was replaced by a number of female presenters. Lemon in the new series will be host and ‘house snoop’.
“It sounds like Dame Edna’s Neighbourhood Watch with celebrities to me .” says Telly Critic Queenie