Rylan Clark-Neal's new gameshow Babushka to replace The Chase

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Rylan Clark-Neal's game show Babushka will replace The Chase on ITV from May, it's been revealed.

The new series will air from Monday, May 1 at 5PM for four weeks, with an episode each week day.


Former X Factor singer turned TV host Rylan will front the new series, describing it as 'Deal Or No Deal with Russian Dolls'.

"That’s the easiest way to explain it," he told BBC's The One show earlier this month. “The difference with Babushka is you have to play the eight dolls, there is no stopping at any point.

“Once you’re in the game, you’re in the game.”

Rylan revealed it was a game of high stakes and there had been tears on set during filming.

"You get a question wrong, open an empty doll or push a doll too far you lose absolutely everything," Rylan explained. “So you could play the worst game, and go home with 10 grand.

"Or you could play the best game and have £20,000 in your account and on your last go, push a doll too far or open an empty doll and you go home with nothing."

It was previously reported that ITV had ordered 20 episodes for a first series.


"From his showbiz segment on This Morning to presenting Xtra Factor – Rylan has been a huge hit with ITV viewers," an insider told The Sun newspaper back in January. "Given his energetic and bubbly personality, ITV chiefs think Rylan will be the perfect presenter for this fun new game show."

Babushka will start on ITV on Monday, May 1 at 5PM.

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