Back in the game
ANDREW Denton has never had so much fun on television.
Four years after he last stood in front of the camera as the host of chat show Enough Rope, he is back to present the new ABC game show Randling. And he’s having the time of his life.
‘‘ At first I was a bit apprehensive,’’ says the producer, who has spent the past few years working on shows such as The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Nation, Hungry Beast, AFP and The Joy of Sets.
‘‘ I’ve been very happy off camera. But this has been incredible fun – the most fun I’ve had on television by far.’’
The series pits 10 teams of two against each other over 27 rounds in a variety of games about words and language.
Following a similar formula to the AFL, the teams play four rounds against each other and earn points along the way. The teams with the most points then progress to the preliminary finals, then the semis and, of course, the grand final.
The show is the brainchild of Denton and Gruen Transfer producer Jon Casimir.
‘‘ I’ve always been interested in doing a game show ever since I started in television, but we’ve got a shared interest in words,’’ Denton says.
So the pair began nutting out the idea. They named the show after one of their favourite random words, randling, which means a nonsensical poem recited by Irish schoolboys as an apology for farting at a friend.
They spent 18 months workshopping the series and auditioning 100 potential