Show Discussion: CelebAbility

By | June 15, 2017

Thursday, 10pm,

Frankly it’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce but this might be quite good fun. Scottish comic Iain Sterling, fresh from narrating the extraordinarily performing Love Island just an hour previous, invites a team of five members of the public to battle five celebrities in tasks the celebs reckon they’re good at. Winning challenges increases the pot and eliminates wrong answers from the big important endgame.

It sounds a bit like Schlag den Star by way of Celebrity Juice style mini-games which might be quite good fun. The celebs are mainly ITV2-style celebs (episode one is Vicky Pattison, Olivia Buckland, Pete Wicks, Mikey North and Rickie Haywood Williams) but don’t let that put you off.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Show Discussion: CelebAbility

  1. Callum J

    I like Iain from his CBBC work, haven’t seen much of his stand-up or Love Island. I think this will be good though.

  2. CeleTheRef

    …meanwhile in Italy the 3-hour revival of Name That Tune scored 1.5 million viewers while a documentary about Venice won the night with 5 million -_-‘

    hopefully The Winner Is… which debuts tonight, will do better.

      1. Nico W.

        I think that’s very unfortunate. I certainly don’t think the format was perfect in Germany, but it has something I really like. I just think the way the consolation prize offers were played was way under its possibilities. Really hope, it was perfectioned and does well in Italy (though I doubt it myself).
        And I love Name That Tune, really hoped it would do well and a German channel would start thinking about remaking it.

      2. CeleTheRef

        traditionally Gerry Scotti tends to do well with talent and game shows 🙂 first season averaged a 18% share.

  3. Callum J

    Challenge are showing Shane Ritchie’s 2008 show ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ on Saturday at 6pm.

    Is this the first time this has been shown since it ended on Sky1?

      1. Brett Linforth

        Yes they have repeated it – not for a couple of years though. Nice to see them playing something that ISN’T The Chase

  4. Brig Bother Post author

    Struggling to come up with anything interesting to say about CelebAbility. I like Iain, I like the set, I can take or leave Marek, the commentator can sod off. On the whole the games were fine, I thought the remembering names and bullshitting ones were the best which is a shame seeing as it’s positioning itself as a physical comedy show, yet the one that probably most physically comic, grabbing teabags whilst a bungee rope is riding under your nose, was also the least entertaining. The endgame was largely guesswork although the final double or nothing question a bit easy.

    It’s Friends Like These with dick references, basically.

    It’s not must watch, but probably will have different challenges each week so you won’t be bored.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      421k/2.6% last night apparently which sounds like an OK number (it was highest multichannel at 10pm) although it’s a pity for it a million didn’t stick around after Love Island for it.

    2. Brekkie

      Was just a bit shit wasn’t it, even for ITV2. Game wise it was passable but a show like this needs to be funny and it just wasn’t. Alan Carr did the concept better a few years ago.

  5. Callum J

    One thing of interest I noticed is that Iain uses his ‘sees ya’ catchphrase from his panel show ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ on CBBC.

  6. Kev

    Terribad, bad presenting, bad format, bad guests, bad idea. Nuff said!

    1. Des Elmes

      You obviously believe it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

      Fair enough – although it’s worth pointing out it didn’t get anywhere near the Hall of Shame last year. 😉


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