Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEBBIE SCHIPP

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.’’

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