The Void is the latest gameshow on ITV which looks like it’s trying to fill shoes left empty by the likes of Wipeout and Gladiators, sort-of, but will it be as memorable?
15 runners attempt to be the last man* standing (*or alternate gender), which is a decent amount to begin with, and the ‘bridge’ will change in each form, starting with a bridge made out of swings, and the first five quickest across will go through to round two. Plus, because there’s an hour to fill, some contestants are introduced with an overlong puff piece.
Other rounds include the blindfolds round (No.2), which is pretty interesting, plus a memory round, and a finale which seemed to involve trawler nets – or something similar – and I rather lost the plot with what was going on, but I know there was money involved.
However, this show does rather drag on, as it’s mostly the same thing over and over, just with slight variations. At least Wipeout – or Total Wipeout in the UK – used several different obstacle courses. Naturally, the BBC used the same Argentina-based setup which many other countries used, so outlay was a minimum, but when it comes to trying to do it all on home turf and with a fraction of the budget, you have The Void.
Obviously, no spoilers as to who wins or any outcomes, but it’s safe to say that if someone face-plants and has a mild injury, ITV will make capital out of that by repeating it over and over for a few laughs.
The Void begins on ITV on Saturday July 10th at 8pm, and after broadcast, each episode will be on the ITV Hub. It’s unlikely to ever be released on Blu-ray or DVD.
Director: Richard van’t Riet
Presenters: Ashley Banjo, Fleur East
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