If you’re a fan of Rylan, then you’ll be glad to know he’s presenting a brand new quiz show, hot on the heels of his previous show Babushka.
Airing on UKTV’s W Channel, The Wave will see Brits fly out to sunny Portugal to compete in whats billed to be the “most dangerous quiz on TV”.
In each show Rylan Clark-Neal, safely situated in his Portuguese beach bar, welcomes pairs of contestants. Whilst one stays with Rylan and sips cocktails, the other – the swimmer – gets their kit off and heads to sea.
Two hundred meters out begins a line of six pontoons that stretch further and further away from land. Each has increasing amounts of cash inside and a written question with two possible answers and two corresponding hatches.
Communicating with their land-based partner on arrival, the swimmer must select a hatch. If they are right, they discover cash and take it. But if they are wrong, they find a 1kg lead weight inside and must attach it to their belt.
As their partner struggles against mother nature, the team member with Rylan is also desperately answering additional questions in a bid to win time because when they decide to bail, they will only win the money if they can make it back to their partner on land in time.
Overseeing their safety as the underwater currents shift, the waves change and the dense sea fog of the Atlantic descends without warning, is Olympic silver medallist and expert long distance open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.
And whilst Keri offers tips, and Rylan offers lifelines (from surf boards to goggles which they can exchange their cash for), ultimately the team must continually weigh up the ever changing odds and decide when they should attempt to swim it to win it!
Speaking about his new show, and why he chose to present it, Rylan said: “As soon as I’d seen the full treatment I understood what a fantastic show this was and saw that there was actually a real game element to it!
“I also caught the game show bug after doing Babushka. Plus, a week in Portugal with sun, sea and sand, you can’t moan!”
The Wave starts January 15 from 8pm on W and runs every night!