Welcome back to Red or Black. The fact that it was ITV1′s highest rated new entertainment show of 2011 probably says more about the state of ITV1 than it does the quality of the show. The first series attracted a record amount of comments and discussion.
Still though, here we are. Last year it was apparently brilliant because “it’s just luck”, this time they’re playing down the luck aspect almost completely, highlighting it as a game of nerve, courage and skill. GONE is the centrepiece Red or Black wheel, which looked like it was encouraging gambling if you were thick, IN comes The Vortex, a high stakes game of timing.
I think we may have a slightly schitzophrenic show. Part one, which I would suspect will have most of the budget blown on You Bet! style challenges and will likely get fewer viewers, and part two which is likely a drawn out lottery draw-esque show with the end game and maybe something else which was cheaper to produce and will get loads more viewers. I may be wrong, time will tell.
I think it needs to clear 6m to avoid being a told-you-so laughing stock. I think it has a fair chance of that sandwiching The X Factor, but we’ve yet to see how The X Factor is going to hold up this year. They might end up dragging each other down!