The revamped series, which first aired on ITV in 1975, is to be hosted by Warwick Davis.
The game is based on the classic ‘Noughts and Crosses’ with a grid of nine boxes. Inside each box are celebrities who answer questions. The contestants have to say if they ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ with the celebrity’s answer. If they are correct they win that square and if they win three boxes in a line – vertically, horizontally or diagonally – they win the round and money, before the winning contestant goes on to play the end game for the star prize.
On each show both Tim and Joe will each be housed in a square and will compete alongside a host of famous faces in the iconic TV game show. The original series saw the late Willie Rushton as its only semi-regular appearing often in the centre square.
Rather than a well-established game show host, or popular television presenter ITV have opted to replace the legendary Bob Monkhouse with actor Warwick Davis who is best known for his dwarfism at 3′ 6″ in height.
“Celebrity Squares is one of those special television shows that everyone remembers – I grew up watching it, and I’m thrilled to be presenting this updated version of a TV classic.” – Warwick Davis.
The ATV series ran from 1975 through to 1979 when it was replaced by Family Fortunes which Bob Monkhouse moved over to host. Celebrity Squares itself had been a game show replacement for another Monkhouse ratings hit, The Golden Shot. Celebrity Squares was revived by Central Television and Grundy UK Productions from 1993 to 1997 again with Bob at the helm. A ‘trendy’ Channel 5 pilot episode hosted by Tom Binns in 2003 was so awful it was never aired. Footage of the Channel 5 attempt however has been leaked onto You Tube.
The latest ITV series was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell and Commissioning Editor, Entertainment Peter Davey. Celebrity Squares is based on the American Hollywood Squares format from CBS Studios International. It will be produced by September Films and GroupM Entertainment.
Pictured: The ATV Celebrity Squares.