Hey hey! Daryl Somers is back on TV! 41



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He was a staple of our homes for decades; for many of us, practically a member of the family every Saturday night.

But his career since Hey Hey It’s Saturday has been very off-and-on. Could this put him back in the spotlight?

Channel Nine have announced Somers as the host of their upcoming 2016 game show You’re Back in the Room. 

The new game show promises a twist: every contestant will perform while hypnotised.

Daryl will host alongside hypnotist Keith Barry, who will “put each of them under to thwart their efforts to win money”.

Hey Hey It’s Saturday was famous, in part, for the delightful chaos and ad libs that often came out on live television. However, a comeback in 2010 didn’t quite manage to recapture that magic; while initially wildly successful, its Wednesday timeslot failed to find a loyal audience.

It seems Daryl is keen to revisit that sillier Hey Hey dynamic with his new show.

“This is like coming home to my old alma mater,” said Daryl.

“I’m excited by You’re Back In The Room as it’s full of laughs and allows for adlib moments, which was the big attraction for me”.

“Keith has enjoyed worldwide success as a hypnotist and mentalist. I’m looking forward to cooking up some fun with him and I hope Australia will be transfixed by the show”.

Take a quick trip down memory lane with us below, and tell us: are you excited to see Daryl back on TV? Will you be watching his new show? Or is it not quite the same without Ossie Ostrich in the mix?

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  1. Oh dear……not sure I can handle this time round either….there are a few Aussie iconic TV faces that make me cringe….

  2. We enjoyed Hey Hey it’s Saturday. It was a lot of laughs, crazy fun and provided opportunities for the promotion of Aussie acts…no, I don’t mean Red Faces, but the bands of the day. So, it seems we think we are all sophisticated nowadays, and we are above the big belly laughs of yesteryear! But, there are more generations than ours and maybe the young and not so young just might get a few belly laughs from this new show! I will certainly give it a go and then make up my mind. I made the mistake of thinking Gogglebox would be stupid, but it makes me laugh, and that’s all it has to do really!

  3. Yes, be good to see some Aussie ‘culture’ & laughs, a bit trickier these days with all this political correctness gone mad.

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