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IT’S sporting guru HG Nelson’s dream job. The man, who with sidekick Rampaging Roy Slaven ( John Doyle) put a new complexion on sports commentary, says his latest gig as host of It’s A Knockout is the perfect fit. HG ( aka Greig Pickhaver) and co- hosts Brad Mcewan and Charli Robinson ( all pictured) have been recruited as Ten reboots the iconic mid-’ 80s format for summer, reprising a family game show in which enthusiasm usually outweighs athleticism.
HG, sans Roy for this gig, calls it The People’s Olympics. In essence, it’s the circus and he’s the ringmaster.
‘‘ It’s just about every sport I’ve dreamed of introducing to the modern- day Olympics,’’ he says of the 24 games, which require a collection of sumo suits, inflatable bats and water slides to play.
‘‘ They are really ridiculous games, and this is a three- pronged attack with Brad being the voice of authority in it, and Charli bringing a willing suspension of disbelief that this is all stupid.’’
HG and Roy have for decades given their hilarious take on the week’s happenings in sport on television and radio. The difference this time around is that HG is starting with games that are already patently silly.
Knockout was filmed in a purposebuilt stadium he has christened ‘‘ The Knockerdome’’ in Malaysia.
‘‘ I do hope that some of the kiddies will watch and be amazed at the stupidity of adults and go out the next day and practise them on the off chance that they get a call- up should the thing go into a second series,’’ HG says.
He also hopes the show will single- handedly see the revival of the Slip- and- Slide – you know, plastic, water, you slide along – this summer.
HG’S TV work has been sporadic in the past few years and his regular radio show with Roy on Triple M wraps up as It’s A Knockout goes to air.
He’s thankful Roy isn’t on the It’s a Knockout gig.
‘‘ There’s a terrible demand when you work with the big bloke and you feel as if you have to really rise to the occasion,’’ he says.
‘‘ It’s worked out quite well because Roy and I would obviously have played the long- winded card and we wouldn’t have got nearly enough done.’’