Stephen Fry will host UK version of iconic American TV game show

One of the most popular TV shows in the US is finally crossing the pond.

ITV has announced that Stephen Fry is going to be the host of a British reboot of Jeopardy!

The American game show originally debuted on NBC on in March 1964, and has run for over 8,000 episodes.

Jeopardy! famously reverses the traditional question-and-answer format of most quiz shows, giving contestants general knowledge clues in the form of answers, to which they must phrase their responses in the form of a question.

Stephen Fry has plenty of quiz hosting experience, of course, having helmed the iconic British show QI from 2003 up to its thirteen season in 2016.

The 65-year-old English actor is also instantly recognisable from his roles in Blackadder, Gosford Park, and It’s a Sin.

ITV has ordered 20 episodes of their Jeopardy! reboot, which will air in a daytime slot.

The broadcaster has said that Stephen Fry will “bring a modern twist to the cult classic.”

Fry himself commented: “In the United States, Jeopardy! is a phenomenon like no other. Whenever I’m in America, I do my damnedest to catch it every weekday.”

He said: “The idea of hosting it here in the UK makes me dizzy with delight. Such a dedicated quizzing nation as ours will, I hope, welcome this uniquely beguiling and endlessly rewarding game.”

ITV’s Head of Entertainment, Katie Rawcliffe added: “There is no one better to host this classic game show than Stephen, bringing knowledge and entertainment to all of our viewers.”

Jeopardy! is set to premiere on ITV1 later in 2023.

There’s no word yet on if the show will air in the US too, but we fully expect BritBox to pick this one for viewers in America.

QI is available to watch on BritBox with a free 7-day trial.