Puzzling: All about new Channel 5 game show with Lucy Worsley

Channel 5 has announced a brand new quiz show, dedicated to testing contestants’ problem-solving genius.


Titled Puzzling, the series will be hosted by broadcaster and historian Lucy Worsley in Channel 5’s primetime schedule.

A teaser of how the show works shares: “At the start of each episode, six super smart strangers are split into two teams of three. The two teams try to accrue the most points through their powers of puzzling deduction.

Presenter Lucy Worsely sits behind a desk alongside a giant screen which says 'Puzzling'
Presenter Lucy Worsely

“Every area of our player’s mind will be tested across five puzzling rounds – In Other Words (language), Pressure Points (calculation), Rule Breakers (lateral thinking), Picture This (visual intelligence) and Memory Bank (memory).

“Then, in a dramatic plot twist, the winning team turn on each other to be named the ‘Best of the Best’ and earn a place in the series Grand Final where the ultimate puzzler will be crowned.”

Puzzling begins at 8PM on Thursday, 22 June on Channel 5.

Lucy Worsley said: I’m delighted to be taking on the role of puzzle-mistress in this brand-new quiz show. I’ve spent most of my career finding answers to historical questions so getting to ask the questions is going to be an exciting new adventure for me, I can’t wait to get puzzling!


Daniel Pearl , Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 and Paramount+ added: “Britain is a nation of puzzlers and bringing the best puzzling minds together with some challenging, play-along-at-home brain teasers in this brand new format will be fantastic fun. With Lucy and her incredible knowledge at the helm, Puzzling is in great hands.”

The thirteen-part series is being produced by 12 Yard Productions and Wheelhouse.

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