Ross Kemp reveals which quiz show hosts he researched before Bridge Of Lies

Ross Kemp said he was inspired by broadcast icon Sir Bruce Forsyth when researching his first quiz show.

The 57-year-old actor and TV presenter also watched contemporary quiz shows hosted by the likes of Alexander Armstrong and Bradley Walsh while preparing to host Bridge Of Lies on BBC One.

Kemp is known for playing Grant Mitchell on BBC soap opera EastEnders and for presenting documentaries including Ross Kemp On Gangs, which won a Bafta for Best Factual Series in 2006.


Ross Kemp with his EastEnders co-stars Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden (BBC/PA)

With his new series, however, he turns to presenting quiz shows for the first time.

Speaking of what he learned from his research, he said: “I’ve seen a lot of current quiz show hosts like Alexander Armstrong and Bradley Walsh and some icons like Brucie during my research, and my main takeaway from that was: If you’re who in this one If you want to be successful in a role, you just have to be yourself.”

Bridge Of Lies aims to keep contestants on their toes as teams attempt to cross the Bridge of Stepping Stones, choosing the truth options and avoiding the lies, or risking going off the bridge and out of the game fall.

Kemp described the format as “soapy” because of the human drama it creates.

He said: “We can also observe how the participants react to how their teammates play the game.

“We look into the different group dynamics and get a glimpse of how these people interact with each other. Things can actually get a little soapy.

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“You don’t have to be a great quizzer to get into this — it’s both following the participants’ journey and knowing or not knowing the answers.”


Ross Kemp on Bridge of Lies (STV Studios/Graeme Hunter/PA)

Kemp, who has dabbled in acting, presenting and writing throughout his career, said he accepted the offer to host the show because it was a new challenge.

He said: “Mainly for that very reason: the fact that I’ve never done it before. It was a challenge.

“I sometimes write treatments for documentaries, and I always know that if I can picture it coming off the page, there’s a good chance it’ll get made and do well on TV.

“As soon as I read the Bridge Of Lies treatment, I could imagine it coming to life. That made sense right away and that was really exciting for me.”

Bridge Of Lies was commissioned as part of an initiative to find new quiz formats made in Scotland.

It begins March 14 at 4:30pm on BBC One and iPlayer and will continue daily. Ross Kemp reveals which quiz show hosts he researched before Bridge Of Lies

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