Gethin Jones to host new quiz show

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 June 2011
Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones is to host new prime time ITV1 quiz show 'Holding out for a Hero', which will see contestants compete to win money for others

Gethin Jones is to host a new ITV1 quiz show

The former 'Blue Peter' presenter will front 'Holding out for a Hero', which will see contestants not playing for personal gain, but competing to win large sums of money for unknowing recipients who deserve a boost.

The recipients will be "deserving people with amazing stories, who have no idea someone has decided to be their hero", according to a show source.

Gethin admits he is really looking forward to the surprise element to the series.

He said: "At the start we tell the hero it's a local news challenge, then we surprise them with the truth.

"Imagine gambling with £60,000 when you know how much it could help someone else."

The host - who is engaged to opera singer Katherine Jenkins - has promised 'Holding out for a Hero' will be an emotional rollercoaster, and has warned the format is tough and not every contestant will exit as a hero.

Gethin added: "Some will go home with nothing."

ITV Bosses are hoping the programme will prove to be as popular as 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' - one of the most successful UK game shows of all time - which is now off air apart from a series of celebrity specials, which raise money for charity.

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