ITV quizzing behemoth Mark Labbett, who stars in The Chase has slammed the format of Rylan Clark-Neal’s gameshow, Babushka as well as lambasting the BBC for broadcasting repeats of popular quizzer Pointless.

The quizzing champion admitted that he had tuned in to Rylan Clark-Neal’s show in the hope of finding a new watchable quizzing gem.

However, the 51-year-old was left bitterly disappointed with the ideas behind the programme. In a series of tweets, The Beast wrote: “Looking forward to first ep of @Babushka. Challenge TV has classic eps of The Chase for those suffering withdrawal symptoms.” [sic]

Seemingly getting behind the game, Labbett posted: “#babushka from this position go for 5k. Shame they wasted the peek earlier.”

He continued: “I liked #babushka as an interesting blend of Deal or no Deal and The Colour of Money.”

However he then turned his attention to the BBC, the home of Pointless, which rivals The Chase for viewers in the weekday 5pm-6pm slot. Labbett took aim at the corporation for choosing to air repeats, rather than join ITV in offering an alternative whilst the show is on a break. He wrote: “Bravo to #itv for experimenting with new formats rather than take the cheap option and bung out repeats as BBC tend to do with their quizzes.”


Babushka | ITV

Babushka will fill the slot of The Chase until it returns from an annual break this summer. Following online abuse from fans of The Chase, Labbett praised show host Rylan – who has absconded from social media for the time being.

He said: “Rylan is doing a good job. Format needs improvement IMO but what do I know?”

Babushka continues weekdays on ITV at 5pm.