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Blockbusters to make TV comeback

Once popular TV quiz show Blockbusters is to make a comeback - shortly after the death of its original host Bob Holness.

The programme was a teatime ITV hit throughout the 1980s as three contestants battled it out, two against one, to reach the "Gold Run" section.

Now a 40-episode series of the programme is to be screened by Challenge TV in the next few months, although this time it will be aimed at grown-ups rather than school-age teenagers.

The BSkyB-owned station has already been repeating archive editions of the show.

Original questionmaster Holness died on January 6 at the age of 83. He died in his sleep but had suffered a series of strokes and had been living in a nursing home.

In the show contestants choose an initial letter from an illuminated board and are challenged to come up with the correct word.

It became known for teenage competitors asking teasingly: "Can I have a P please Bob?"

No presenter has yet been announced for the new series.

Programme maker talkbackTHAMES has begun advertising for contestants, asking for over-18s to take part. The production company's advert says it is looking for "outgoing people with good general knowledge and bags of enthusiasm".

The format was briefly revived on Sky1 more than a decade ago with Liza Tarbuck as host, and it has also been screened by the BBC for one series with Michael Aspel taking Holness's role.

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