PLAY TO THE WHIS­TLE

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - TODAY’S TV -

ITV, 9pm All smiles and flicky hair, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be swept along with Holly Wil­loughby’s en­thu­si­asm for, well, ev­ery­thing. Armed with a whis­tle, she makes a good host here, ref­er­ee­ing the mainly male teams as they com­pete to be as blokey as pos­si­ble, with lit­tle ef­fect. This sports-based com­edy panel show be­gins its third run tonight. As al­ways, two teams bat­tle to prove their sport­ing prow­ess through a se­ries of ‘mad­cap’ games and funny quizzes. But mainly it’s about ban­ter. Frank Lam­pard and Bradley Walsh are back as team cap­tains, along with Frank’s reg­u­lar side­kick, Romesh ‘he’s on ev­ery panel show’ Ran­ganathan. On Frank’s team this week is par­a­lympic gold medal­list Jon­nie Pea­cock, and join­ing Bradley is Chelsea cap­tain John Terry and Count­down’s Rachel Ri­ley – another woman who’s used to play­ing the ref­eree. And co­me­dian Seann Walsh is back to help Holly main­tain or­der. “I ab­so­lutely love this show, be­cause I laugh so much,” says Holly. “We have a good old chuckle at the guests’ ex­pense, but it’s all done in the right spirit.”

BAN­TER Holly and the teams

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