LET THE GAMES BE­GIN

GRANT DENYER’S PLAY­ING BY NEW RULES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

He’s known for bring­ing the fam­ily to­gether in front of the telly, but Grant Denyer says his new show brings out his sin­is­ter side.

The Gold Lo­gie win­ner helms the Aus­tralian ver­sion of Game of Games, Ellen DeGeneres’s large-scale game show in­spired by the hi­lar­i­ous chal­lenges from her US talk show.

“Hu­mans by na­ture just love watch­ing other hu­mans fall or get shot in the face by a canon full of paint. It’s very pri­mal,” Denyer says.

“I’m the one push­ing the but­tons and pulling the strings, which brings out a sin­is­ter side in me. Peo­ple think I’m a nice guy but I’m not (laughs).

“I re­ally en­joy mak­ing silly tele­vi­sion, and this is silly on a lu­di­crous level.

“It’s the per­fect next project for me. It’s a game show on steroids.”

That re­quired one of the big­gest in­door sets Chan­nel 10 has ever con­structed.

“It’s the big­gest set I’ve ever seen in Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion,” Denyer says.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it when I first walked in. It was so high and vast. It sets a new bench­mark.

“The chal­lenges are so enor­mous, it’s crazy in scale.”

From three-storey drops to blind­folded mu­si­cal chairs and the dizzy dash, con­tes­tants put their knowl­edge and bod­ies to the test in play­ful and nerver­ack­ing chal­lenges.

Each cor­rect an­swer moves them one step closer to a $50,000 prize, while ev­ery wrong an­swer comes with a messy or dreaded con­se­quence.

“The re­search and de­vel­op­ment of the games was a re­ally fun process,” Denyer says. “No one knows how much ex­plo­sives to put in a canon so we just did it through trial and er­ror.

“There were a cou­ple of times in the early de­vel­op­ment of some of the games where we al­most fired a few peo­ple through the back wall of the stu­dio.

“There is a gen­uine el­e­ment of dan­ger and there’s no hid­ing the fear on their faces, which is so com­pelling … it’s tor­ture on tele­vi­sion, but the pay-off is so good.

“It’s worth it in the end, but gee we put them through the wringer.”

If you’ve seen the vi­ral video of the Ja­panese game show Slip­pery Stairs, then you’ll love one of the new ad­di­tions to the Aus­tralian ver­sion of Game of Games.

“We have a cou­ple of ex­tra games be­cause our show is an hour and a half and Ellen’s is only an hour,” Denyer says.

“Tomb of Doom is one of my favourites. We have a gi­ant pyra­mid with stairs lead­ing to the top but the stairs are cov­ered in slip­pery goo. It’s so hi­lar­i­ous it’s cap­ti­vat­ing.

“I al­most broke a rib host­ing that one. I was in stitches for hours on end. I came out with the most amaz­ing six pack from laugh­ing so hard.”

Denyer will also be seen in Ten’s up­com­ing re­vival of Danc­ing with the Stars. It’s a show he knows well, hav­ing won the fourth sea­son of the ball­room com­pe­ti­tion in 2006.

He will co-host with fel­low Gold Lo­gie nom­i­nee Amanda Keller.

“This has been an in­cred­i­ble pe­riod in my life,” he says.

“I had Fam­ily Feud fin­ish, I won a Gold Lo­gie and then I went straight into Game of Games and now this.

“One of the great joys of this job is mak­ing shows for ev­ery­body in the house­hold.”

Game of Games pre­mieres on Sun­day night at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 10

IT’S THE PER­FECT NEXT PROJECT FOR ME. IT’S A GAME SHOW ON STEROIDS

Pint-sized TV per­son­al­ity Grant Denyer hosts the new Chan­nel 10 game show Game of Games.

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