Sue Perkins 'tearful' over contestants on new show Double The Money


Sue Perkins has admitted watching the contestants on her new game show Double The Money leaves her in tears.

The presenter’s new Channel 4 series sees pairs of hopefuls given a modest pot of seed money, and they then have to go out into the real world and try to double their cash with smart strategies and bold side hustles.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, former Bake Off presenter Perkins said seeing them succeed gives her a “shot in the arm” and is also very emotional.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Sue Perkins attends the BAFTA Television Craft and BAFTA Television Awards Nominees Party on April 20, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)
Sue Perkins has a new game show. (BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA) (Jeff Spicer/BAFTA via Getty Images)

“I get quite tearful,” she told hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard. There is a very special reason why Perkins is overcome with emotion. The TV star explained that she has genuinely warmed to the contestants.

She said: “Because I really love them and I’m very invested in them being happy and successful. But also because I think at the moment it’s a very timely show. Everyone is struggling and everything is uncertain and to see their grit and enthusiasm and dynamism is… Like a shot in the arm for me actually.

“Because you know, I’ve been doing the same job forever… But yes, I was really impressed by them... They brought me such joy and such fun."

Sue Perkins has a new game show. (ITV screengrab)
Sue Perkins was emotional over the contestants on her new show. (ITV screengrab) (ITV screengrab)

In the show, the hopefuls start with £250 and have to double it in 24 hours. If they manage it, they stay in the competition, but they have to tackle different business ventures every time. Weeks later, the duo that made the most in the given time will win a large cash prize.

Jo Street, Channel 4’s head of daytime and features, said it is “an incredibly exciting format that breaks the mould of traditional game shows”.

“By taking the competition out of the shiny TV studio and immersing the contestants in the real world, we're sure to see some truly creative ways of making money as our pairs battle it out for the top cash prize,” Street said.