Well it flopped in the Netherlands, the Australian version filmed last year but was deemed so good Seven refuse to put it out as it would be unfair on other networks and now finally, finally, an ITV commissioner has seen sense and given us ten whole hours of wacky people flying off a ramp and hitting the water and nothing else in what most people would quite rightly consider summertime filler from the basic premise but is now the jewel in ITV’s peak-period Saturday night crown (apart from The X Factor).
Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps I’m harsh. But it does look rather like Talpa have seen Takeshi’s Castle, they’ve seen Total Wipeout and come up with the wrong conclusions, that it’s taken the inherent 3D-ness of the physical gameshow and filled it with blank space when at the very least it needs to be filled with stuff, where falling in the water is the punchline to an interesting set up. This appears to have the same games every week (jump from a ramp, zorbing skittles, the blob which Total Wipeout has already done, skim across the water as fast as you can on a board, and the final: jump off a swing into a target). There is no big prize (the Cannonball Cup).
To be honest it’s the young up and coming hosts I feel most sorry for who will always have the shadow of it on their CV. Freddie Flintoff and Frankie Bridge are known quantities, but this is quite the break for Radzi Chinyanganya (currently on Blue Peter), Maya Jama and Ryan Hand. Poor Cannonball‘s Ryan Hand.
Anyway it might end up being good, so let us know if it made a splash or sinks in the comments.