Rob And Romesh Vs returns for Olympics as Rob Beckett pilots game show

Tuesday 8th June 2021, 2:23pm by Jay Richardson

Rob And Romesh Vs. Image shows from L to R: Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: CPL Productions.

Rob And Romesh Vs is returning on Sky One with an Olympic special, while Rob Beckett is piloting a game show for ITV.

Filming on the Sky challenge show, in which Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan travel the world meeting sporting and showbusiness icons while trying their hand at various tasks outside their comfort zones, took place earlier this year around the UK.

The pair will meet and train with Andy Murray, as well as learning from Olympian medallists like heptathlete Denise Lewis and gymnast Max Whitlock among others, trying their hands at caneoing, weightlifting and hockey.

The first part of the third series, in which the pair presented an art exhibition, played a round of golf at the iconic St Andrews course and became drag queens, aired in February, building on the previous series ratings by attracting a peak of 787,000 viewers for the final, drag episode, compared to a series high of 536,000 for the second series.

"Rob And Romesh Vs is coming back on the telly in July" Beckett told Zoe Ball on her Radio 2 show yesterday. "We do an Olympic special double episode where I wear gymnastic clothes, so if you liked it for that [wearing tights for the drag episode]...

"I think I might tour that act, Rusty Beaver, the cheeky diva."

Rob And Romesh Vs is made by CPL Productions, which also makes A League Of Their Own for Sky. The first episode of the new run will be broadcast on 8th July. The postponed 2020 Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo from the 23rd July to 21st August.

Meanwhile Beckett, who is already a team captain on Paul Sinha's TV Showdown for ITV, is set to host It's Behind You! for the channel.

Promising celebrity special guests, two teams will "battle it out in a series of hilarious games" with the caveat that the players are never allowed to see the action taking place behind them.

Produced for East Entertainment by Nathan Eastwood (Flinch, Balls Of Steel), the format with the innuendo-laden name was originally piloted for the BBC in 2017 with Julian Clary hosting.

Beckett previously hosted the BBC One daytime game show Head Hunters in 2019.

He is set to resume his Wallop! stand-up tour on the 16th August in Bromley and publishes his memoir, A Class Act, on 14th October, while Ranganathan, whose won the Bafta Award for best entertainment performance on Saturday for The Ranganation, revives his The Cynic's MixTape tour in Canterbury on the 5th September.


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