In Zone of Champions, sport and home-video mash-ups are given a comic once-over by John Thomson and Jessica Knappett
Clip shows and home-video compilations have been around for decades, but new series Zone of Champions adds a slice of satire to put a fresh spin on the genre.
Hosts Jack Bullman and Nicky Brimble (John Thomson and Jessica Knappett) carry the show as two sports presenters purportedly rounding up the action from a host of ludicrous events – owl rhythmic gymnastics anyone? – but which viral video star will be crowned champion?
John Thomson told TV Times more about the format: "It’s comedy clips with sports punditry, so presented like a legitimate sports show.
"It brings you all the sports that might not look like sports, but definitely are sports."
And he filled us in on the two presenters: "He’s an old-school sports presenter trying to get with the times.
"He’s trying to follow the politically correct and modern approach to things, but he’s struggling a bit.
"Nicky constantly keeps him in check in case he drops a faux pas."
Yes, the premise may sound strange, yet John and Jessica’s comedy nous keeps things moving, making this a series the whole family will enjoy.
TV Times rating: ****
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