Prepare your dictionaries, calculators and vocal cords for “Celebrity Letters and Numbers”
Game shows tend to fall into two categories. There are those where the famous panelists try to be as hilarious as possible and the game component is secondary. And that’s perfectly fine. But sometimes you just want a regular old quiz that makes you think, “Hey! I know the answer to that! before yelling it on your TV screen, and then being smug when the candidates ask the wrong question. This is what makes the Celebrity letters and numbers iconic Australian quiz show reboot Letters and numbers so exciting – it covers both bases.
The word and math games viewers fondly remember from the classic 2010-12 series are still here. However, members of the public were replaced as nominees by comedic talents such as Matt Okine, Susie Youssef, Jennifer Wong, Hamish Blake and Merrick Watts.
Each episode sees three contestants making jokes while fighting for bragging rights and the dubious grand prize of a book from a collection of 1980s encyclopedias.
Handling the show’s puzzles are two very familiar faces, number expert Lily Serna and famous blacksmith David Astle, who is also joined by a different special guest each week on Dictionary Corner. Both are excited about the changes in Celebrity letters and numbers‘and welcome what the actors bring to the table.
“This season is more relaxed than the previous seasons,” says Lily. “We have so many laughs together. I am really impressed with the way their brains work. Their ability to take information and respond with something to make people laugh at lightning speed is nothing short of impressive. “
But she reassures longtime fans that what made the original series so entertaining remains a central part of the redesign. Celebrity letters and numbers.
“It always looks like the same show because the puzzles are exactly the same. And David and I are still here as keepers of the letters and numbers, which anchors the show in its roots.
David adds, “Celebrities are familiar with lights and cameras, but not so comfortable with puzzle solving under pressure, needing every ounce of charm to survive. Charm and despair… it’s captivating television.
Both are delighted to have the opportunity to work together again after nine years.
“Lily is awesome; a number ninja, ”says David. “She’s also a friend, despite our different brains, a companion I barely see. The show was our late meeting.
“Being on stage with him was like time hadn’t passed at all,” Lily adds of David.
The new host of Celebrity letters and numbers is Triple J comedian and presenter Michael Hing, someone David describes as having “a lot of intelligence, wit and energy… and great teeth. He’s cool but also nerdy, which makes him adorable and perfect for redesign. It thrills every episode.
“It’s so much fun working with Michael,” said Lily. “It is the perfect bridge between the old and the new format. He’s hilarious and has great acting feud skills, but he also really enjoys playing games. He’s very good with them.
The return of Celebrity letters and numbers Coincides with the new season of the long-running American game show Danger! currently broadcasts weeknights on SBS VICELAND. It’s a little sad to see the late Alex Trebek host the show at first, but it quickly passes once the excitement starts and you start shouting responses on your TV (or, to be more precise, shouting questions on your TV).
For those who do not know the format of Danger!, three participants select answers from various question-and-answer categories with original titles like “Back To Basics”, “Authors’ Second Novels” and “I’m Allen” to increase dollar amounts depending on the degree of difficulty. To make money, they have to guess the right question. The person with the most money at the end of the episode wins and becomes the carryover champion for the next night.
Danger! is perfect for the participation of home viewers. The only time you won’t enthusiastically shout the answer to Alex is when you’re puzzled by a particularly America-centric category like “Our State is Watching You” (naming the US state directly above you). ‘another) and the self-explanatory “Colleges east of the Mississippi from K to Q”.
In many ways, Danger! is similar to Celebrity letters and numbers: a fun, family-friendly show that tests the mental abilities of participants and viewers.
“It’s all about games,” says David from Letters and numbers. “They’re pure and surprising, from easy to gnarly. Anyone can play them, on the couch or in the studio, regardless of age or ability. Even I like to play with numbers.
Lily agrees with David’s assessment.
“I think the puzzles are the real stars of the show,” she said. “They are simple but stimulating and can be adapted to suit all abilities. Most importantly, you can compete with your friends and family! There is a certain joy in solving puzzles together.
First episodes of Celebrity letters and numbers screen Saturdays on SBS and SBS On Demand. Watch Episode 1 below.
The first season of Letters and numbers is now airing on SBS On Demand.
Danger! airs weekday evenings from 6:55 p.m. on SBS VICELAND (episodes are not available on SBS On Demand).