Back in the game

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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

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