Alexander Armstrong says new game show ‘Epic Win’ is “uplifting”

Alexander Armstrong, host of forthcoming new game show ‘Epic Win’ has told TV & Satellite Week magazine that he finds the somewhat eccentric contenders for the show “uplifting”.

Epic Win, which will air on Saturday nights on the BBC later this year, will feature contestants showcasing their own unique “passions and skills”, and of it, Alexander explained, “The idea for Epic Win came out of desire to find an outlet for British eccentrics…

“We wanted a fun show for Saturday nights on which we could celebrate the slightly odd hobbies and skills of a select few.

The acts aren’t like the ones you see on Britain’s Got Talent…

“For example, we have a man who can recognise different types of fish while being slapped around the face with them.

“It’s a great skill, but I can’t see him going down well at the Royal Variety Show.

“If you win your challenge, you exit to cheers, carrying a trophy. If you lose, you slope off through the ‘fail’ door, which slams behind you with an echoing thud.

“It’s uplifting to see people doing things that have no practical value…

“Like the butcher who, blindfolded, can identify cuts of meat using his feet, or the guy who chops vegetables with a chainsaw and, while they’re cooking in a wok, carves a bowl and chopsticks from a chunk of wood.”

Alexander will be joined on the show by a panel of judges – all of whom are comedians – who will assign a secret cash value to each act. They will be permitted to assign amounts up to £3,000.

BBC commissioner Katie Taylor said of the show, “BBC In-house Entertainment is proud to bring the UK’s unsung heroes and their quirky talents to BBC One’s Saturday night audiences in Epic Win.

“What’s not to like about a fishmonger who, when blindfolded, can identify different types of fish whilst being slapped around the face?”

Well, she has a point there…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.