The Weakest Link start date confirmed as Romesh Ranganathan hosts new reboot

The Weakest Link host, Romesh Ranganathan - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles
The Weakest Link host, Romesh Ranganathan - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles

The Weakest Link return to TV screens this month for the first time in almost ten years.

The classic quiz show, originally fronted by Anne Robinson, aired for more than a decade between 2000 and 2012.


Now it's been confirmed to return with a brand new series featuring celebrity contestants, presented by Romesh Ranganathan.

Comedian Romesh is set to takeover as quizmaster with Anne now hosting Countdown on Channel 4.

The new series will start on Saturday, 18 December at 6:10PM on BBC One with further episodes over the Christmas period.

Romesh said: “It’s an honour to be asked to bring back what is basically a TV institution to our screens.

“Anne was an amazing host and to step into her shoes is an anxiety-inducing privilege. I’m hoping we’ve found a way to make both the fans of the show happy as well as bringing a new audience to it."

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment, BBC commented: "Weakest Link has always been a firm favourite with audiences and Anne Robinson was a terrific and formidable host.


"I can’t wait to see Romesh bring his own unique style of presenting to one of TV’s most memorable roles."

Suzy Lamb, Managing Director, Entertainment & Music, BBC Studios Productions added: “It’s hugely exciting to be bringing back one of the world’s most successful quiz shows to BBC One. Anne was a brilliant host for many years and with Romesh taking the reins it’s going to be incredibly funny and as fiery as ever. The team can’t wait to get started.”

The new series will run on BBC One in primetime, including a Christmas special (pictured). Those taking part include Kym Marsh, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rev Kate Bottley, Christopher Biggins, Romesh Ranganathan, Gemma Collins, Olly Smith, Bonnie Langford and Danny John-Jules.

The show was previously brought back in 2017 for a one-off mini special as part of Children In Need.

Hosted by Anne, the line up of celebrities featured actor John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, chef Rosemary Shrager, actress Chizzy Akudolu, columnist Giles Coren and presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Maya Jama.

It was reported at the time that work on a full series was underway.

The show sees contestants having to attempt to bank cash by correctly answering general knowledge questions. The more answers correctly answered in a row, the more money that can be won.


At the end of each round the contestants must vote-off who they think is 'the weakest link' and that player will be eliminated.

In the final round the top two contestants go head to head to decide who gets to take home the jackpot, which for the celebrity version is donated to a charity of the winner's choice.

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