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Pete Helliar to host new weekly game show CRAM for TEN

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  Pete Helliar (centre) with Virginia Gay and Dilruk Jayasinha   image - TEN

Pete Helliar (centre) with Virginia Gay and Dilruk Jayasinha
image - TEN

Network Ten has today announced it's commissioned a new weekly comedy-based game show CRAM, which will launch later this year.

CRAM will be hosted by comedian, and star of The Project, Pete Helliar.

Described as ‘fast-paced and unpredictable,’ CRAM will see Pete attempt to corral two teams of comedians and celebrities as they test their memories across a series of general knowledge and current affairs categories.

Each category will be introduced with a “cram”: a brief video on any subject from dogs to Leonardo da Vinci, jeans to Justin Bieber.

The teams will be captained by comedian Dilruk Jayasinha and actor and singer Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners & Losers).

Divided into two teams of three, the comedians and celebrities will attempt to recall all the facts in the videos. The team that recalls the most facts is the winner.

TEN is yet to to confirm an airdate for the new show, but potentially it could move into the 8:30pm Monday timeslot once HYBPA has completed its current season, or the show could air early on a Sunday evening, which is currently a ratings disaster for the network.

Pete Helliar said:

“I am thrilled to be hosting the exciting new television quiz, panel, game, fantasy, family-drama, comedy CRAM. It’s something I wasn’t expecting but as soon as I started playing I was hooked immediately and wanted in. It’s highly addictive and I can imagine Aussie families taking to this as passionately as I have.
“I’ve always been a big crammer. Whether it was for high school exams or news stories on The Project, I’ve crammed my whole life. I’m also thrilled to be working on another TV show for Ten, who have promised to pay me in Brashs vouchers.
“I am also very excited with the team assembled. Dilruk is not only one of the hottest comedy properties around but also joyous to be around. I suspect by the time the first season is finished Dilruk will not only be a household favourite but the autocorrect on my phone will cease changing his name to ‘Soleil’,”
“Virginia has not only aced her dramatic and comedy work in All Saints and Winners & Losers in recent years but I have loved being around her passion and enthusiasm and watching her grapple with various crams is a genuine wonder to behold.”

CRAM will be produced by ITV Studios Australia and filmed at Network Ten’s Sydney studios in front of a live audience.

The team behind CRAM includes Network Ten Head of Comedy, Paul Leadon, and ITV Studio Australia’s Peter Beck (Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Mad As Hell) and Peter Lawler (I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!).

Mr Leadon said: “The real joy of CRAM is you can’t help but play along at home. It’s simple; all the facts are given to you, you just have to remember them. But with host Pete Helliar doing his best to make you laugh, remembering the facts can get a little tricky.”

ITV Studios CEO and Managing Director, David Mott, said: “This unique ITV Studios format is simply drop dead funny with the game play for our celebrity guests and viewers at home.

We’re currently witnessing a comedy resurgence in Australia and we’re confident that CRAM will resonate with audiences of all ages.”

CRAM will premiere later this year on the TEN and WIN Networks