Wheel of Fortune is back – with Graham Norton as the host

Classic gameshow Wheel of Fortune is set to make a comeback after more than 20 years away from British screens, and telly favourite Graham Norton has been signed up as host.

Wheel of Fortune is a veteran of the quiz show world in the US, where it has been airing continuously since 1975, but while it did make its way over to the UK in 1988 for a lengthy run, we last saw our series on screen in 2001.

Now, ITV is bringing the popular show back on ITV1 and ITVX in 2024 with Graham at the helm as contestants compete to win a life-changing cash prize, as well as plenty of other bonus prizes along the way.

A series of eight hour-long episodes has been confirmed, and viewers can look forward to seeing two celebrity specials during the run, too.

Contestants spin to win in the game as the wheel offers chances to add cash to the pot, while players also have to reveal letters in a puzzle to boost their winnings.

But the game comes with jeopardy as some of the wheel's spins could see them land on lose a turn or even bankrupt, which would wipe out their winnings.

Graham, who hosts chat show The Graham Norton Show and fronts the UK's Eurovision coverage, said: "I’m beyond excited to be bringing such an iconic American show to a new British audience. My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so this feels like coming full circle. You might even call it a wheel!"

ITV's head of entertainment commissioning Katie Rawcliffe added: "We are thrilled to have the much loved Graham Norton bringing this iconic game show to our viewers. Anything can happen on the spin of a wheel, it is going to be so much fun."

Last time Wheel of Fortune was on TV in the UK, the hosts included Nicky Campbell, Bradley Walsh, John Leslie and Paul Hendy.

Co-hosts included Angela Ekaette, Carol Smillie, Terri Seymour and Jenny Powell, although a co-host for Graham's series has not been announced.

Graham, 60, was thrilled to present the Eurovision Song Contest from Liverpool in May as the UK hosted on behalf of Ukraine.

Talking ahead of the contest, he explained he never takes his showbiz achievements for granted : "I’d be foolish to walk away from the chat show," said Graham.

"But it could go. Tomorrow there could be a new head of BBC TV and they go, 'Do you know what? Time for a change! Bye bye!' and you just have to accept that and say 'You know what? I got a much bigger slice of the pie than I ever hoped I would.'"

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