TV preview: Question of Sport; Super Saturday

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In a move which seems to be aligning the long-running sports quiz with the more light-hearted, younger Sky-based upstart A League of Their Own, this spin-off series, shown to tie in with the World Cup, homes in more on the comedic elements of the show - as well as featuring some physical challenges, too.

To ensure the laughs remain dialled-up throughout, stand-up comedian Jason Manford takes over presenting duties from Sue Barker (sorry Sue - we still think you’re funny though!), and we’re promised the guests will be a touch more celebrity-oriented rather than purely focusing on sports stars.

Don’t worry, though - if you’re starting to think it’s all too unfamiliar and you won’t recognise the show you love, one thing remains unchanged, and that’s the team captains: Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are still on hand to trade their veiled barbs in the spirit of true sporting competitiveness.

Joining them this week are two dancers and two comedians: Strictly’s Ola Jordan and Pineapple Dance Studio stalwart Louie Spence represent the fleet-of-feet, while Shappi Khorsandi and Chris Ramsey are the masters of mirth in question.

Alongside the more traditional sporting content are a few more outlandish activities, including this week Matt and Phil taking a hair-raising ride on the fastest zipwire in Europe.

But what’s all this got to do with the World Cup, we hear you say? Well, it’s a wee bit tenuous we’ll admit, but at a time when the more casual of sports fans are being tempted towards the beautiful game by the events in Brazil, it seems only fair that the less serious sports trivia enthusiasts might also be catered for by the Beeb’s flagship quiz series.

Indeed, we can only imagine Jason will prove a draw for many people. He says of his appointment, “I am made up to be hosting this brilliant BBC One Saturday night show. I have always been a massive fan and it’s a real honour!

“Families will be able join in at home with the rounds they know and love. And they will be in for a treat, with bigger and better challenges with the country’s favourite quiz captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

Series producer Gareth Edwards says: “This is a completely new format that will be a more of a test of the contestants’ physical attributes and their nerve rather than their sporting knowledge”.

Question of Sport; Super Saturday, BBC1, Saturday, 6.50pm

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