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Jeremy Vine believes Eggheads was ‘sleeping at BBC’ ahead of major Channel 5 comeback

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Eggheads is headed to Channel 5 (Picture: BBC)

Jeremy Vine has said Eggheads was ‘sleeping at the BBC’ ahead of its huge comeback on Channel 5.

The beloved quiz show is set to return thanks to the broadcaster giving it a new lease of life following its axe on the BBC after 17 years.

Jeremy will be resuming his position as host on the programme, which sees wannabe quiz whizzes face off against a team of championship players, and immediately jumped at the opportunity.

‘Of course I said yes straightaway,’ he said. ‘I knew it was sleeping at the BBC, and I was hoping it was not dead. I was constantly having to reply to letters from people saying, “Where’s it gone?” And now I have an answer, which is really good!’

He explained to Radio Times that viewers will barely notice the difference between the old and new show.

‘It’s going to be the show that people still love; the Eggheads, the question levels, the format, the colouring of the set, it’s all the same,’ Jeremy continued.

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BBC axed Eggheads after 17 years… but Channel 5 has given it a new lease of life (Picture: BBC)

Question writer Olav Bjortomt will be joining the team as a new Egghead with the show moving from Glasgow to London. The upcoming Channel 5 series kicks off again at its new home on Monday.

Jeremy had previously said that Eggheads was a ‘victim of its own success’ after it was axed by the BBC. 

It’s believed that the decision was made by the BBC to make way for younger viewers, with Eggheads generally being watched more by older people.

Host Jeremy has supported the theory in conversation with RadioTimes earlier this year and said: ‘It’s difficult being the BBC. The thing that made Eggheads tricky for them was that research showed that it had the oldest audience on British television.

‘I love the fact that just as people were beginning to think we might be gone forever, we’re suddenly back with a bang.’

Eggheads airs on Monday at 6.30pm on Channel 5.

Credit: Original article published here.

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