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Lingo

  • Episode:

    1

  • Title:

    S2

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 08 Nov 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    3.00pm - 4.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 45 2021 : Sat 06 Nov - Fri 12 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Lingo

Series 2

Series overview

Lingo broadcasts weekdays at 3pm on ITV

Lingo is a quiz show, hosted by Adil Ray, in which the simplest of words can win members of the public thousands of pounds. Lingo is addictive and fast paced, and viewers will be shouting at their TVs as they play along.

In each show, three pairs of contestants go head-to-head in a battle of words. Using their powers of deduction, they must correctly and quickly work out the words that appear in the Lingo grids and Puzzlewords.

The Lingo computer gives contestants the first letter of different length words. The rest is in the hands of the contestants. They are up against the clock and Lingo rewards quick thinkers. If they correctly guess the word, they’ll bank money and increase their potential winnings.

Through three tense rounds the three pairs are whittled down to one winning couple. That winning pair then play in a nail-biting end game, where they have the opportunity to win the money they've banked earlier in the show, potentially even doubling their winnings. However, there are no guarantees on Lingo and in the dramatic finale they could end up going home with absolutely nothing or win thousands of pounds.

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Q&A with Adil Ray

What’s the best thing about being back for a second series of Lingo? 

Seeing the reaction and the response to the first series from viewers was just fabulous. It’s a privilege being part of it. I think it's only when you get to the second series you realise what the show really is and its full potential. You’ve got contestants in the studio who have seen Lingo on telly before, and I think people are slightly better at the game, a little less nervous. Now, you go, “Right, I know exactly what this is about. I know how it looks, feels and tastes - I know everything about it.” I think people were just so excited to be part of their favourite show.

Is there anything else the contestants are doing differently this time around? 

I think it's far more competitive. Sometimes in the first series and in the first rounds, you’d have an inkling of who was going to get to the final, but this series there’s so many episodes where you can’t work that out, which makes for great television. 

What’s the secret to Lingo’s appeal? 

I think it’s because it appeals to absolutely everyone. I can't think of anybody who this game doesn't appeal to. Also, it's family viewing - you can sit and watch it with your kids which I think, for anyone who's got children knows that's a real rarity these days. Not just young kids - but teenage and university age, right up to mum, dad and grandparents. It’s really got that universal family appeal about it and I think that’s part of its success.

Are there any stand-out contestants?

We had a father and daughter, and the father was 82. He’s the oldest contestant we've had - and one of our better ones! So that was great. We had a number of couples who came on where English wasn't their first language and they did really well. Imagine if any of us had to go on Spanish Lingo... I'd be absolutely awful! We had two really bright young lads, George and Cameron, who were amazing and I just couldn't believe how quickly they were getting these puzzle words. That's what's great about it - everyone can play along and anybody from any walk of life can go on to win in the final. 

What was the funniest moment of the new series? 

We had contestants Beauty and Rich who were fantastic. Beauty got really annoyed and quite grumpy when they weren't doing well. I had to calm her down. There was a Scottish couple, Alan and Amanda, who didn’t get a, shall we say, a very Scottish word, which was hilarious. It just goes to show that when you're there in the studio, with the lights on you and you’re against the clock, it’s not always easy.

Who would be on your dream Lingo team? 

I'd love to go on with somebody like Stephen Fry. Great wordsmith, linguist, and just a really smart guy. But I think you can probably get lost in trying to be too clever, so I’ll go with someone like Gemma Collins. Gemma's got instinct. She's fearless and I think she'd just go for it. She's smart in her own way, and she’d be a great laugh too. 

What's your favourite word?

I just love the word nincompoop. If you want to say something to somebody, or curse someone but in a polite, friendly way, I think nincompoop is perfect. It's not a swear word. It's not foul, it's not too nasty, but My god, they're a nincompoop.

How do you keep a straight face when a rude word comes up on the show?

You’ve got to remember that we're going out at three o'clock in the afternoon, and I wouldn't want anyone’s Auntie Joan to suddenly have a nasty reaction to something we say on the telly. There's a couple of moments in this series when people say certain things, and other times there are certain letters on the board - it’s the things people don’t say that you know everyone is thinking at home! But you just can’t say it. You've got to keep a straight face because if I crease up or if I react, I'm wasting time on behalf of contestants. I've got to keep it professional. 

Are you a competitive person? 

I am, actually. Especially when I'm playing the game as well. I get carried away a couple of times where I get really disappointed on behalf of the contestants if it's not the right answer and I'll be moaning at the board, or really, really upset if they haven't got their money or really delighted if they have. Someone got to the final and won about £8,000 pounds and they turned around to me and said, "You're happier than we are!" and I was! It's only a game, and it's only fun, but it's good to want to try and win.