ABC has announced the players who will appear on Andrew Denton’s new word-based game show, Randling.
And it’s a formidable line-up including Merrick Watts, Julia Zemiro, Rob Carlton, Angus Sampson, Robyn Butler, Genevieve Morris and Chris Taylor.
Across 27 weeks ten teams of two will slug it out for the series title.
The show is wryly described as a game show where ‘every point is precious, where battles are fought tooth and claw in the toughest non-sporting competition in the whole world.’
“I’m not here to help … but I am open to bribery,” Denton says cheekily.
Panel members will include:
Annabel Crabb – ABC Chief Online Political Writer. Currently bringing us Kitchen Cabinet on ABC TV. Also has a killer vintage frock collection.
Merrick Watts – Comedian, Triple M radio host and TV presenter. When he’s not hanging out with his family, Merrick also likes to restore old postie bikes.
Robyn Butler – Actor, writer and producer. We loved her in The Librarians.
Rob Carlton – the man behind ‘Chandon Pictures’ and an actor since he was 14. Most recently seen as Kerry Packer in the two part ABC TV series Paper Giants.
Toby Schmitz – Playwright, director and actor, knocked ‘em dead in Ruben Guthrie and in last year’s Much Ado About Nothing. Now appearing in Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Wild Duck.
Angus Sampson – Actor, writer, director. Former ‘Thank God You’re Here’ champion. Recent telly gigs have included Spirited, Underbelly, The Librarians and Wilfred.
Benjamin Law – Making his TV debut. Author of autobiographical novel, The Family Law and has also written for The Monthly, The Courier Mail, Crikey and Frankie Magazine. He appears to be only 14. The host already hates him.
Wendy Harmer – Author, broadcaster and humorist. Right now she is relishing her role as the Editor In Chief of The Hoopla.com.au.
Heath Franklin – Comedian, best known for his comedy character – ‘Chopper’, Created for The Ronnie John’s Half Hour. Has appeared in Spicks and Specks and Thank God You’re Here.
Felicity Ward – Comedian, also best known for The Ronnie Johns Half Hour. Won best newcomer at Melbourne Fringe Festival (2008).
Julia Zemiro – Presenter of Rockwiz and co-host of SBS’s broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest for the last two years.
Toby Truslove – Currently stars in ABC TV’s Outland. Recently seen in Laid, All Saints, McLeod’s Daughters, The Strip, Thank God You’re Here and The Librarians.
Genevieve Morris – Started in Comedy Inc, also caught the eye as Elaine Front in ‘Live From Planet Earth’. Became a household face as ‘Barbara the bank manager’ in a series of television ads.
Dave O’Neil – Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, radio fella. Regular on Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.
Anthony Morgan – has been working as a stand-up comic since 1982, a legend of Australian comedy whose pauses are better than most other people’s punchlines.
David Marr – Author, biographer, investigative journalist, political and social commentator. Officially the ‘Cleverest Man In Australia’.
Jonathan Biggins – Actor, writer, director. Jonathan has directed, written and Co-Created The Wharf Revue since 2000. Officially the ‘Cleverest Man In Australia’.
Jennifer Byrne – Journalist, writer, broadcaster. Presenter of First Tuesday’s Book Club. Silver Logie winner and one-time Sale Of The Century champion.
Chris Taylor – Comedian, writer, Chaser, former ABC cadet journo.
Michael Williams – Making his TV debut: Michael is the Director of The Wheeler Centre and previously co-presented 3RRR’s Breakfast Show.