Appropriately, for hard times, there is a growing tendency for old light-entertainment series to be recycled into new, with not much effort required for the transformation. Take a concept that did well enough in its heyday to invoke a VHS fuzz of nostalgia, give it a nod to the contemporary with a mildly ironic host and, as with a low-rent movie franchise with extra cardboard, glitter and camp, the theory is that you will be rewarded with an instant audience. From Catchphrase to The Crystal Maze, early-evening television now looks much as it did in the 90s. If Gladiators isn’t kicking Ninja Warrior UK off its big boulders by the end of 2018, I’ll eat my pugil stick.
As Blind Date (Channel 5