The Time It Takes: Joe Lycett and Alison Hammond front new BBC One game show

BBC One has announced new game show The Time It Takes, with Joe Lycett and Alison Hammond .


The BBC describes the new show as “The only quiz in the world where the contestants decide how much time they have to answer the questions.”

Contestants will face a number of time-based scenarios such as what takes longer – unwrapping every Werther’s Original in a family pack, completing a Rubik’s cube underwater or deflating an air bed and putting it back into its original box?

In The Time It Takes, the challenger who gets the most questions right in their given timescale will be one step closer to winning a dream holiday. But do not fret dear viewers, all is not completely lost for the player with the lowest score, as they will receive a very special The Time It Takes tea-towel before leaving the show.

Comic Joe Lycett will host the show alongside sidekick referee sidekick Alison Hammond.

Alongside the time it takes Alison to do weird and wonderful tasks, and the downright mundane everyday ones, there will also be a chance for audiences to discover how long it takes some of the UK’s favourite celebrities to enact certain assignments: Ore Oduba, The Sooty Show, Joel Dommett, Debbie McGee, Paul Chuckle, Four Of Diamonds, Jess Wright and Mark-Francis Vandelli all make special studio guest appearances and throw themselves into the chaos of the timers!

Further special celebrity guests offering pre-recorded video timers across the series include Nish Kumar, Natalie Cassidy, Ainsley Harriot, Frankie Bridge, Kimberley Wyatt, Jamie Laing, Katherine Ryan and Richard Blackwood.

Host Joe Lycett said: “Never before has so much relied on someone knowing how long a kettle takes to boil. The Time It Takes is one of the most brilliantly daft shows I’ve ever been involved in – and that’s saying something.”

Managing Director of programme makers Hat Trick Productions Jimmy Mulville said: “The Time It Takes is a brilliant format which is brought to life by the hugely talented Joe Lycett. It’s both exciting and funny – just what you want at tea-time on Saturdays.”


Series Producer Meriel Beale added: “The Time It Takes is very funny and incredibly silly and happily so is Joe Lycett. I’m very excited to be working with such a star and I’ve no doubt his warm, generous wit will be lapped up by BBC One viewers.”

The Time It Takes will air on BBC One this Autumn.