Adil Ray to host new ITV game show | Word-based show Lingo seeks contestants

Adil Ray to host new ITV game show

Word-based show Lingo seeks contestants

Citizen Khan star Adil Ray is to host a new ITV show based on word games.

Producers Wildcard TV - the company set up by Tipping Point presenter Ben Shephard - is on the lookout for contestants for the new show, entitled Lingo.

It is a version of a show that has aired for 29 years in France and for more than 500 episodes in the USA from 2002 to 2007.

The format involves teams of two trying to guess a five-letter word from its first letter.  If the team does not come up with the right word on the first try, they are shown which letters were correctly-placed as well as those in the word but not correctly placed.  

Ray said: 'I feel like I have just won the star prize on a game show! I am so excited to be working with ITV and Wildcard and to be hosting such a brilliant game.

'When I told my Aunty about it she wanted to come on as a contestant, as long as it was in Punjabi. She won't be coming on. But you could be.'

Shephard added: 'Adil has the perfect mix of words and comedy to bring the game to life, tease some strange answers and help us all find those missing words and letters. This series is sure to get people at home laughing as they shout at their TVs'

Ray is currently presenting Good Morning Britain alongside Kate Garraway after Shephard and Piers Morgan both take a summer break.

To apply to be on Lingo, email

Here's the US version:

Published: 13 Aug 2020

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