Danny Dyer to host new Saturday night game show

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Danny Dyer is to front a new Saturday night game show, the BBC has announced.

The EastEnders star will host BBC One's The Wall, described as the "ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck".

Dyer said: "I'd never had a desire to host a game show before I saw this game. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to help win the public some serious life-changing readies. I love it."

With questions for contestants voiced by Rip Off Britain's Angela Rippon, the show will see team-mates working together in an attempt to win a cash prize.

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(Left to right) Danny Dyer, Jamie Foxx, Graham Norton, Cameron Diaz and Usher during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, in London.
The Prince of Wales with Danny Dyer (right) and winner of Mentor of the Year Award Rahul Mehra onstage at the annual Prince's Trust Awards at the London Palladium.
Danny Dyer with the award for best Serial Drama Performance in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Danny Dyer, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham attending the TV Choice Awards 2018 held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Danny Dyer with Lacey Turner in the press room who won the Best Serial Drama Performance Award for her role as Stacey Slater in Eastenders at the National Television Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: 25th January, 2017. See PA Story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Danny Dyer and his daughter Sunnie after completing the Sainsburyâs Sport Relief Mile during the Sainsburyâs Sport Relief Games, at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London.
(Left to right) June Brown, Jessie Wallace, John Altman, Jane Slaughter, Danny Dyer, Pam St Clement, Graham Norton, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright and Adam Woodyatt during filming of a special episode of the Graham Norton Show to celebrate 30 years of EastEnders, at the London Studios, south London, which will be aired on Monday 16th February.
Kellie Bright, Maddy Hill and Danny Dyer during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
(l-r) Sam Strike, Maddy Hill, Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright and Danny Boy Hatchard attending the Inside Soap Awards at DSTRKT, London.
Danny Dyer (right) arrives with her father Danny Dyer (left) for a screening of 'We Still Kill Them The Old Way' at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London.
(left to right), Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright, Sam Strike, Maddy Hill, Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie arriving on a London Red Bus for the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Tamer Hassan and Danny Dyer attending the world premiere of 'Deviation' at Odeon Cinema in Covent Garden, London.
Rhys Ifans (right) and Danny Dyer arriving for the Mr Nice UK Premiere, at Cineworld Cinemas, 63-65 Haymarket, London.
Danny Dyer and daughters Dani Dyer and Sunnie Dyer arrive at the Twilight Saga Eclipse Premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London.
Actor Danny Dyer is held in a neck lock by Sergeant Richard Harley, Physical Training Instructor with the Royal Marines, during weapons and combat training in Cobham, Kent, in preparation for the filming of a World War II movie, Age of Heroes.
Danny Dyer arriving for the Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2009 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.
Omid Djalili and Danny Dyer take part in the Celebrity Soccer Six charity football match at Chelsea Football Club
Danny Dyer and Jodie Harsh attending the Spring Fling launch party for the new Sony NWZ-A820 Walkman Video MP3, at Reliance Square, Shorditch, east London.
Danny Dyer arriving at the premiere of High School Musical 2 at the Vue Cinema at the O2 Dome, London.
Danny Dyer and family attend the launch of the London Dungeon Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom attraction at the London Dungeons in south London.
Danny Dyer (left) and Sean Bean arrive for the First Light Film Awards 2007 at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, central London.
Pop group member Simon Webbe and actor Danny Dyer at the Sky One champagne reception prior to the Mastercard FIFPro World XI Player Awards 2005
Actors Will Mellor (left) and Danny Dyer arriving for the gala premiere of the film xXx at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema, London.
Stars of the film 'Mean Machine' (from left) Danny Dyer, Vinnie Jones and Vaz Blackwood during a photocall at Stamford Bridge, London, to promote the film.

It features a wall with slots that are either filled by a green ball, if a contestant answers correctly, or a red ball, if they do not. The green ball means they get money added, while red means they get money subtracted from whatever total they have.

The format aired in 2016 on American's NBC television network and had among its executive producers basketball star LeBron James.

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, said: "The Wall is an exciting, challenging and tense quiz where destinies dramatically change with the drop of a single ball. Danny is an unforgettable and very unique host as he commands The Wall, roots for the contestants and hits our hearts and our funny bones."

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Danny Dyer has been announced as the host of The Wall (Ian West/PA)

Richard Hague, creative director at Remarkable Television, said: "This show is epic, not just in scale, but in the drama that unfolds throughout the game. Having Danny at the helm means we're in for a memorable, compelling and entertaining watch."

Prize totals for the American show were listed on the official website as ranging from "more than 12 million dollars on the line every night – and up to 3 million dollars on a single heart-stopping drop", but it is not yet known what the prize money for the UK version will be.

The Wall launches on BBC One later in the year and people can apply to take part at www.bbc.co.uk/thewall

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