The Time It Takes

Satur­day, 5.40pm BBC1 Quiz Show

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Fin­gers on buzzers for a new quiz show hosted by This Morn­ing’s Ali­son Ham­mond and co­me­dian Joe Lycett. Con­tes­tants must an­swer bizarre time-based ques­tions such as ‘What task takes longer – un­wrap­ping ev­ery Werther’s Orig­i­nal in a fam­ily pack or com­plet­ing a Ru­bik’s cube un­der­wa­ter?’ The win­ner will be in with a chance of bag­ging a dream get­away.

What takes longer – fill­ing a pint glass with baked bean juice by fil­ter­ing beans through a pair of tights, or un­wrap­ping 20 boiled sweets? These are some of the ques­tions con­tes­tants ask them­selves on The Time It Takes, the BBC’s new quiz show.

This Morn­ing host Ali­son Ham­mond joins forces with comic Joe Lycett for the Satur­day teatime show.


‘Have you ever seen Game of Thrones? Well, it’s noth­ing like that – it’s a quiz show,’ jokes Joe, who’s co-host­ing the new eight-part se­ries. ‘It’s so sim­ple and silly.’

Joe is the quizmaster while Ali­son acts as the game’s ref­eree and chief time­keeper. Once each player has cho­sen a task, they must try to an­swer as many gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions as pos­si­ble in the time it takes for their cho­sen task to be per­formed. The over­all win­ner is in with a chance to win a lux­ury hol­i­day, while losers head home with a tea towel! ‘I of­ten per­form the timed tasks, but some­times we have footage of a celebrity per­form­ing them. You’ll see Ains­ley Har­riott us­ing a leaf blower to blow a foot­ball into a foot­ball net,’ laughs Ali­son.

Other stars tack­ling tasks this se­ries in­clude Joel Dom­mett, Deb­bie McGee, Paul Chuckle and Jess Wright.

‘The celebri­ties and I have to do the tasks to the fastest of our abil­ity,’ says Ali­son.

‘No one’s ever trusted me to be in a Satur­day night show be­fore, but it’s been amaz­ing!’

Tick­tock… Hosts Ali­son and Joe

Ready to go… Deb­bie McGee

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