Graham Norton, the popular Irish talk show host, has been announced as the new host of the UK reboot of ‘Wheel of Fortune’. Norton is known for his quick wit and his ability to make people feel comfortable, which makes him a perfect fit for the role of host of a game show. Here’s what we know about the reboot and Graham’s role in reviving the series in the UK:
What do we know about Graham Norton as a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host?
Whisper North, which is backed by Sony Pictures Television, recently announced that it’s going to be bringing this iconic game show back to ITV1 and ITVX in 2024 after its original UK run on ITV from 1988-2001. With plans for a major comeback, the appointment of Graham Norton as host of this UK reboot of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ is a major coup for the show. Graham is a well-known and respected figure in the UK, and his presence on the show and the fact that it is being produced in a more modern and relevant style this time around, is sure to generate an incredible amount of viewers.
This news comes right on the heels of Pat Sajak’s retirement and replacement with Ryan Seacrest as the host on the US end of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ show. Along with his co-host Vanna White, Sajak has fronted the “syndicated version” of this show since its debut in 1983, and his retirement is a big bummer for regular fans.
“I’m beyond excited to be bringing such an iconic American show to a new British audience. My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so this feels like coming full circle. You might even call it a wheel!”Graham Norton, previously the host of ‘The Graham Norton Show’
What can we expect from the UK reboot of ‘Wheel of Fortune’?
Aside from a great host, we can expect quite a few new twists on this UK 2024 reboot of ‘Wheel of Fortune’. The show will essentially feature the same basic format as the globally successful Pat Sajak fronted American version but with new exciting puzzles and a redesigned set. This reboot will be a interesting take on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’, with two celebrity specials featuring a giant carnival wheel. Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment commissioning at ITV, has mentioned her eagerness and excitement to work with Graham. “We are thrilled to have the much loved Graham Norton bringing this iconic game show to our viewers,” she continues, “Anything can happen on the spin of a wheel, it is going to be so much fun.”