NEWS OF A JOKE
There are questions to be asked over the return of Have You Been Paying Attention? and comedian Tom Gleisner knows all the answers
Have You Been Paying Attention? was a quite achiever for Ten last year with it’s blend of news and comedy. As the show prepares to return to screens, host Tom Gleisner explains what changes the Working Dog team have made.
What have you been paying attention to in the break?
When we’re making the show, we’re scanning every newspaper, magazine and gossip site. When we stop shooting I try and go a little bit news free for a while.
Have you made any changes?
We always try to come up with a few surprises. This new series is set in the South African jungle … No, apparently the budget doesn’t allow that. It’s pretty much a case of business as usual. I mock up questions during the week and desperately hope one of our contestants has looked at a newspaper in the past seven days.
Will we see some new faces among the contestants?
Absolutely. We have been approaching – or more correctly, stalking – a bunch of people over the past few months. There’s going to be some very interesting faces.
What about celebrity quiz masters?
That’s something we’re going to have a little bit more fun with this year. If anyone is in town and vaguely within walking distance of the studio we might get them to join us.
Here’s hoping The Bachelor is back soon then …
And let’s not forget The
Bachelorette. Between The Bachelor and the Kardashian family, that’s basically half our show written.
How do you choose contestants?
We tend to just ask people we know and who would enjoy the way we work. There are no blind auditions, people queuing around the corner.
And there are no such things as a wrong answer so that helps make it easier …
It’s a very safe format in that there are no wrong answers and you can never be worse than Sam Pang. There’s a floor below which you can’t drop in terms of your general knowledge.
Do you have a dream guest?
Julia Morris. She was so good on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out
Of Here. One of our producers is in a car parked outside her house at the moment and we’ll see whether we can drag her on. She would be an absolute natural.
Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten, Monday, 8.30pm
Tom Gleisner hosts Have You Been Paying Attention?