Challenge Anneka postponed by Channel 5 after ‘competitive’ ratings battle

Challenge Anneka postponed by Channel 5 after ‘competitive’ ratings battle

Earlier this month, Challenge Anneka returned for a four-part series as the presenter reprised her old jumpsuit for the iconic role. However, after only two episodes aired it looks as though viewers will have to wait a while to see the last of the Channel 5 series.

The TV show, which saw the 64-year-old challenged to do acts of kindness for those in need, has been pulled from the Channel 5 schedule after two episodes.

Challenge Anneka won’t air this weekend as planned after the broadcaster made the decision to reschedule the final two instalments.

Following the usual format, the third episode was expected to air on Saturday evening at 8.30pm for an hour and a half.

However, with the last programme pulling in less than half a million viewers, it’s not yet known when viewers will see the next episode.

Instead, Channel 5 has replaced Challenge Anneka’s slot on Saturday evening with Zara & Mike: The People’s Royals followed by Fergie & Meghan: Inconvenient Royals.

The original series lasted for six years on the BBC it started in 1989 and finished in 1995 with a peak of 12 million viewers.

However, fans of the reboot were thrilled when the format followed a similar suit to the classic show.

Ahead of the series airing, Anneka commented: “Apart from satnav in the famous blue buggy, and our wonderful production team being able to access people online rather than sifting through Yellow Pages, viewers will find it weirdly similar!

“At the end of the day, it’s a programme about communities and volunteers, and there’s a volunteer army out there that’s amazing.

“The elephant in the room is that obviously Dave the soundman and I are a tad older now, but who’s counting?”

During the second episode of the reboot, Channel 5 viewers saw Anneka try and transform a neighbourhood hall to help Debbie and Jo’s food hub charity, which had outgrown its location.

The 64-year-old was challenged to help supersize their charity by transforming a run-down location and its surrounding land in order to include a cafe.

When asked if she believed she had bitten off more than she could chew with any of the projects, the host revealed the show was a way off from finishing two projects due to torrential rain and a shortage of labour.

She said: “The jeopardy is always part of a challenge and this time round it was tenfold. I nearly had a nervous breakdown but we got there in the end.

“We also were very nervous about trying to do the show in a recession because of asking volunteers to give up work without being paid. But it was incredible how communities came together.

“I loved every member of our volunteer army and will be eternally grateful to everyone who turned up to help.”

Challenge Anneka is available to watch on My5.

Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2023 16:53:00 +0000