Peter Helliar to front new game show CRAM on Ten

The Project co-host Peter Helliar will host a new weekly game show on Ten.

Virginia Gay, Peter Helliar and Dilruk Jayasinha: To be paid in vouchers by Ten?

CRAM will involve two team of celebrities and comedians – captained by comedian Dilruk Jayasinha, and actor and singer Virginia Gay – attempting to recall details from videos on a range of subjects from dogs to Leonardo da Vinci, and from jeans to Justin Bieber, according to a release from Ten.

The show has been created by Ten’s head of comedy Paul Leadon, ITV Studio Australia’s Peter Beck – who worked on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Mad as Hell – and Peter Lawler (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here).

Leadon said he expects families will get hooked on the program and play along at home.

“The real joy of CRAM is that you can’t help but play along at home,” he said. “It’s simple; all the facts are given to you, you just have to remember them. But with host Pete Hellier doing his best to make you laugh, rememebering the facts can get a little tricky.”

Helliar joked about the network’s ability to pay him for the show, but said he was excited to be working more with Ten.

“I am thrilled to be hosting the exciting new television quiz, panel, game, fantasy, family-drama, comedy CRAM. It’s something I wasn’t expecting but as soon as I started playing I was hooked immediately and wanted in. It’s highly addictive and I can imagine Aussie families taking to this as passionately as I have.

“I’ve always been a big crammer. Whether it was for high school exams or news stories on The Project, I’ve crammed my whole life. I’m also thrilled to be working on another TV show for Ten, who have promised to pay me in Brashs vouchers.”

ITV Studios CEO and maanging director David Mott was also confident the show would resonate with audiences.

Mott: CRAM will resonate with all age groups

“This unique ITV Studios format is simply drop dead funny with the game play for our celebrity guests and viewers at home. We’re currently witnessing a comedy resurgence in Australia and we’re confident that CRAM will resonate with audiences of all ages.”

Ten is likely hoping the panel show can replicate the success of Working Dog’s Have You Been Paying Attention?, which frequently tops the ratings across key advertising demographics on Monday evenings.

Ten is yet to announce a screening date for CRAM.


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