Babushka! All you need to know about Rylan Clark-Neal's new gameshow

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Rylan Clark-Neal hosts ITV’s newest game show Babushka from tonight at 5PM.

The new series replaces The Chase for this month in the tea time slot.


So what exactly is Babushka?

ITV describe it as "a high-stakes game show with a simple objective".


Two contestants take part in each show and they must find the money hidden inside 10 giant Babushka dolls… and keep it. They must open 8 of the 10 dolls for a chance to win up to £44,000.

Players need to answer a true or false question to open each Babushka. Get a question wrong and that doll, plus any banked cash, is lost. Get it right (and there’s a smaller doll inside) they can start banking cash.

Contestants can open each Babushka as many times as they want. But, if they push it too far – and find no smaller doll inside – all banked money is lost.


One Babushka is hiding enough smaller dolls to be worth a whopping £10,000. However, if the players open an empty Babushka (there’s two hiding in each round) they lose any banked cash.

The players get three ‘helps’ and can double their winnings at the end of the game by finding the golden Babushka.

But they need to hold their nerve as once the game starts there’s no opportunity to cash out early.

Apparently it's so brutal that Rylan even had to go for a medical check up before taking on the task of hosting.

"They told me I had to go for a medical and I was like ‘Why?!’ and then, when I did the first show, I knew why," he explained.


Rylan told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "My heart has been through so much strain and stress. I don’t know where the money is, I’m playing with the contestants.


"I want them to win, I’m on their side. It can be ridiculously life changing money for them. I cried on telly again over this show."

Babushka airs at 5PM, Monday-Fridays on ITV.

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