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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - TIF­FANY DUNK

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?

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