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She’s been at the helm of many great gigs including Watchdog, Countryfile, This Morning and even co-presented coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Now, Anita Rani is turning her talents to a spot of tea time quizzing.
The 43 year old television presenter is the host of Channel 4’s brand new list-based daytime quiz show, The Answer Trap.
Here, we’ll be taking a look at how the show – which airs for the first time on Monday 10th May at 3pm on Channel 4 – actually works and what Anita had to say about joining the project which she dubbed “a dream come true".
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During the hour-long slot, audiences can watch and join in as two teams go head to head in order to secure as much prize money as possible.
Anita – who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 – will challenge the teams to place answers from a series of lists into their relevant categories. However not all the answers belong in the categories, some are there to deceive and trick the contestants into making mistakes. These are the “Answer Traps".
Those devilish little decoys have been set by iconic quizzes Bobby Seagull (seen on University Challenge) and Frank Paul (author of The Cryptic Pub Quiz).
While the teams battle against each other to come out on top, these reputable brainiacs are also at odds with one another as they compete to catch out the most contestants.
If the teams can assign the answers to the correct categories and avoid the Answer Traps, they get the opportunity to play for a £10,000 jackpot on the final question.
When asked how she felt about hosting the show, Anita said: “For as long as I can remember I have loved all the classic Channel 4 daytime quizzes, I am actually quite obsessed with them! To be the host of their latest format is a dream come true and I cannot wait to welcome you all to The Answer Trap.”
Jo Street, Head of Channel 4 Daytime and Features, added: “I’m chuffed to bits that Channel 4 is announcing another smart woman at the helm of a brilliant quiz show. I hope Anita will have a lot of fun with Bobby and Frank and the audience will enjoy playing along and avoiding their pesky traps!”
We caught up with Anita, self-confessed quiz-lover, recently and she revealed to us that The Chase is her all-time favourite. “I mean, you can't go wrong with a bit of Bradley Walsh can you,” she laughed.
When we asked what it was like filming The Answer Trap, she said: “I loved it. I've been wanting to do a quiz show for so long. It’s right at my street. It's a bit wordy, a bit nerdy and I get to chat to Bobby and Frank who are my kind of boys.”
Watch The Answer Trap weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4.
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