Sue Perkins to team up with Joe Lycett and Moira Stuart for Sky 1 spelling show
The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins is to join forces with comedian Joe Lycett and broadcaster Moira Stuart to front new Sky 1 spelling-based family show, The Big Spell.
The eight-part TV series will see 20 children - aged between nine and 13 - compete against each other in a spelling bee with a difference.
Upgrading the traditional language knowledge competition with an injection of drama and emotion, the show will see the audience getting to know the contestants and their parents, who will be watching on from behind the scenes.
The series will end with one of the young hopefuls being named the UK's Champion Speller.
Perkins, 46, is best known for working with long-time comedy partner Mel Giedroyc on BBC One's Bake Off, and will be using her hosting prowess to front The Big Spell.
Lycett, 27, will be tasked with speaking to the parents backstage, while veteran newsreader Stuart, 66, will be the programme's pronouncer.
The Big Spell is to be produced by the team behind game shows Pointless and Deal Or No Deal, and Sky's Commissioning Editor Richard Ackerman has described it as "full of nail-biting tension".
"We absolutely love this show, it's full of nail-biting tension and tremendous warmth," Ackerman said.
"Furthermore the show has taught me two things; firstly the old adage isn't true, you can work with children and these kids are extraordinarily talented and fantastically charming.
"The second thing I learned is that my own spelling is awful."