Match Of The Day star Ian Wright’s doomed debut game show Moneyball will resume filming this summer

AFTER his new game show Moneyball failed to fire, Gunners legend Ian Wright has been given a reprieve.

Filming will resume this summer after ITV pulled the show from production last month when a cannon central to the concept repeatedly failed to go off.

Those close to the former England hero and Match Of The Day pundit said Ian was thrilled by the let-off. A show source said: “Moneyball is back in business and filming is going to start this summer.

“It was a huge blow to Ian and everyone who’d put so much into the show when it was temporarily pulled. Issues with the cannon — a vital part of the show — meant it failed to fire. It was hugely embarrassing and those making the show took some time out to get everything right again.

“Ian and ITV bosses have been assured the cannon is now firing and ready for action when the production gets off the ground. It is a really exciting show and the concept is different to anything people have seen before. The idea at the moment is for Moneyball to air before Christmas.

“Given the pandemic, there could of course be changes to the scheduling. However, the main thing for Ian is that Moneyball is back in business. He is really passionate about the show and just wants to get moving. He can’t wait to get started.”

Ball skills have never been a problem for Ian. But a cannon? We’ll have to see.


REUNITED FOR ANOTHER WIN

THE team behind Golden Globe-winning Tudor period drama Wolf Hall are reuniting to make cybersecurity series The Undeclared War for Channel 4.

The cast includes Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Adrian Lester and the story tracks a leading team of analysts buried in the heart of GCHQ.

OWEN’S LINE OF DU-TEE

LINE Of Duty’s heroes are desperate to unmask the show’s arch-villain H – but Chief Constable Philip Osborne, one of the prime suspects, isn’t about to make it easy for them.

Played by actor Owen Teale, the dodgy boss, has chilled the spines of viewers on the cop thriller’s sixth series and is intent on giving DI Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston, the run around as the net closes in on the crime kingpin.

But in real life, the pair get on famously.

And on Monday they took a break from filming ­Amazon Prime drama The Rig in Edinburgh for a round of golf – minus the caddy, you’ll note.


THE RIGHT CHOICE

TOWIE star James Argent revealed he has already lost 2½st since having gastric surgery two and a half weeks ago.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women yesterday, he said: “I’m ­feeling happier, I’m feeling healthier, I’m starting to feel like my old self again. I think I definitely made the right decision.”

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