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'Takeshi's Castle' Is Returning With Jonathan Ross As Commentator

'Takeshi's Castle' Is Returning With Jonathan Ross As Commentator

Back in the day there were very few things as good as sitting down with your tea, whacking Challenge on TV and getting right into a couple of episodes of Takeshi's Castle.

Contestants would step up, saying "ganbarimas" as they tried to storm the count's castle alongside General Lee. It was very rare to see anyone win, but it was just as entertaining to see them fail, usually with a face full of mud.


Digital Spy reports that the show will be returning, and commentary will be provided by Jonathan Ross.

Craig Charles originally provided his thoughts when it was shown in the UK, however, he is reportedly not involved in this reboot of the show.

It'll be shot in Thailand where members of the public will take on the obstacles, and it will be shown on Comedy Central.

Comedy Central UK's Vice President, General Manager, Louise Holmes, said: "Takeshi's Castle is the gold standard of physical game shows and we can't wait to bring the delightful mayhem of this show back to the UK with this new series.

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"Jonathan's comedic brilliance will add a fresh level of funny to this well-loved format for both original fans and hopefully, a whole new generation of 'Keshi-heads'."


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The Japanese game show originally aired between 1986 and 1990, on the Tokyo Broadcasting System, before it made its way to UK televisions in 2002 on Challenge.

It was different to the format first used in Japan, making it more comical and suited to the British audience, with repeats still being shown to this day.


A website was set up for fans of the show, which was named after the playful nickname Craig Charles gave them, 'Keshi Heads'. The site launched a campaign in 2010 to get a new series commissioned to coincide with its 10th anniversary in the UK in 2012.

It didn't work, per se, but a deal was signed for unseen bits of the show. It was called Takeshi's Castle Rebooted, which aired from 8 to 29 March 2013 and featured various suggestions from the fan site. Dick and Dom were used to narrate the show, which didn't please everyone.

The question on everyone's lips is will anybody actually win the fucking thing this time? Who knows, but keep your eyes peeled.

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