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Thursday 28 May 2015

Mulhern helps revive Catchphrase

Stephen Mulhern is bringing back Catchphrase to ITV
Stephen Mulhern is bringing back Catchphrase to ITV

Stephen Mulhern has revealed Mr Chips has been given a rock star reception for his comeback in hit quiz show, Catchphrase.

The Britain's Got More Talent presenter is hosting a revival of the family favourite, originally hosted by Roy Walker, famous for his "say what you see" catchphrase.

Stephen revealed to The Sun that show bosses considered ditching Mr Chips, the little yellow character who acts out the catchphrases, but thankfully they changed their minds.

He told the newspaper: "They didn't know whether they were going to bring Mr Chips back. But it would be nuts not to. The cheer he gets when he comes on screen - it's like you're at a rock concert. So he's alive and well. They're even doing an ad where Mr Chips is in 3D walking down the street."

Stephen added: "They showed the pilot to 1,000 people and 92 per cent wanted to see it back on TV. So we've made nine episodes."

The quiz show - which was first launched in 1986 - last aired in 2002, hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry.

Stephen said the show had been given a makeover for 2013, but he refused to let it be turned into a celebrity format, like other revivals of hit quiz shows such as Mr and Mrs and Family Fortunes.

He said: "The one thing I put my foot down on was this must not turn into celebrity Catchphrase. There will be one at the end of each series, but that's it.

"It's all about members of the public and the unpredictability of what they're going to say. There aren't many shows on telly that are doing that."

:: Catchphrase is back on ITV this Sunday.

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