Bake Off's Sue Perkins to front 'nail-biting' new children's spelling TV show


The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins is to join forces with comedian Joe Lycett and broadcaster Moira Stuart to front new Sky 1 spelling-based family show, The Big Spell.

The forthcoming eight-part TV series will see 20 children - aged between nine and 13 - compete against each other in a spelling bee with a difference.

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc present The Great British Bake Off
Sue Perkins is best known in recent years for hosting The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc, and will now front Sky 1´s The Big Spell (Mark Bourdillon / Press Association Images)

Upgrading the traditional language knowledge competition with an injection of drama and emotion, the audience will get to know the contestants and their parents, who will be watching on from behind the scenes.

The series will end with one of the young hopefuls being named the UK's Champion Speller.

Affable TV star Sue, 46, is best known in recent years for working with long-time comedy partner Mel Giedroyc on BBC One's Bake Off, and will be using her hosting prowess to front The Big Spell.

Joe, 27, will be tasked with speaking to the parents backstage, while veteran newsreader Moira, 66, will be the programme's pronouncer.

Moira Stuart is to join the stars fronting Sky 1's new show
Veteran broadcaster Moira Stuart will be The Big Spell's official pronouncer (AP Photo/Paul Jeffers)

The Big Spell is to be produced by the team behind game shows Pointless and Deal Or No Deal, and Sky's commissioning editor Richard Ackerman has described it as "full of nail-biting tension".

"We absolutely love this show, it's full of nail-biting tension and tremendous warmth," Richard said.

"Furthermore, the show has taught me two things; firstly the old adage isn't true, you can work with children and these kids are extraordinarily talented and fantastically charming. The second thing I learned is that my own spelling is awful."

Comedian Joe Lycett will also appear on The Big Spell
Comedian Joe Lycett will be seen backstage speaking to contestants' parents on The Big Spell (Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/Press Association Images)