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Ant and Dec game show revival fails

Ant and Dec's bid to bring Name That Tune back to TV has been scuppered.

The pair's production company was aiming to revive the show for a new generation on Five in a deal announced last year.

But it is believed an issue with a new rights holder for the format has meant the station - recently acquired by publishing tycoon Richard Desmond - has now abandoned the plan.

The Geordie duo's firm Gallowgate announced last year that it was to bring back the show, which began life in the 1970s.

Contestants used their musical knowledge to spot well-known tunes with only a limited number of notes in the series presented by comic Tom O'Connor and then Lionel Blair.

Instead the station is now working on a replacement show The Beat Goes On, which Gallowgate is making with GroupM Entertainment. Dave Berry will be the host.

A statement issued by Five confirmed: "Channel Five, Gallowgate and GroupM Entertainment mutually agreed with the rights holders of Name That Tune not to pursue the planned series."

The new show will feature teams of three pitted against each other in a series of rounds in which they use their musical knowledge as well as their ability to dance and sing.

Five attempted to revive Name That Tune in the late 1990s with a version featuring Jools Holland at the helm, but it was short-lived.

Name That Tune began life as a segment in 1970s TV show Wednesday At Eight, but landed its own spin-off in the 1980s.

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