Give Us a Clue, Sweetie

Former MP Paula Bennett, who once told Jacinda Ardern to “Zip it, sweetie!” in a Parliamentary debate, will helm a new game show on TVNZ 1 with Seven Sharp’s Hilary Barry and comedian Tom Sainsbury.

Here’s the media release:


It’s family games night for the whole country as Give Us a Clue returns to TVNZ 1 for a revised and revived version of the popular charades game show.

Putting the celebrity players through their paces is host and resident queen of clues, Paula Bennett.

Vying for Paula’s points are teams captained by Seven Sharp’s Hilary Barry and comedian extraordinaire Tom Sainsbury.

Give Us a Clue sees women versus men in a battle of charades as New Zealand’s favourite celebrities attempt to mime out the titles for movies, TV shows, songs, books, plays and quotations, all before the clock runs out.

“This show is going to be fast-paced chaotic fun that I am somehow going to try and control,” says Paula Bennett. “I envisage the biggest challenge for Tom and Hilary will be not being allowed to talk!”

Hilary Barry adds: “It was watching the British version of Give Us a Clue when I was a child that really inspired my love of charades and also my love of Sir Michael Parkinson.

“So, when I was asked to be involved in a local version I jumped at the chance. I love that we’re sticking with the original format having the men pitted against the women. Tom Sainsbury should be prepared for a tough battle and some formidable opponents!”

Two teams of four celebrities will go head-to-head in the competition, with each mime testing the acting skills and imagination of our famous faces.

Great team communication is essential to success, but the inevitable charade-fail calamities will also have viewers shouting at their screens and laughing out loud in equal measure as they play along at home.

“I’m so bloody excited about being part of Give Us a Glue,” enthuses Tom. “I was hoping I could sweet talk Paula into giving me and my team the upper-hand, but apparently, she’s going to be annoyingly fair.

“Hilary has told me on multiple occasions that she’s very competitive, but she hasn’t played a game against the likes of me, so I’m predicting a high-stakes, passionate TV show.”

There’s no prize, except pride. So, who will come up trumps in this hilarious madcap battle of skills?

The celebrity contestants will be revealed at a later date.

Give Us a Clue is a Fremantle format made by Imagination Television and will screen on TVNZ 1 this winter.

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6 Responses to “Give Us a Clue, Sweetie”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    July 6, 2021 at 8:40 am

    YAY, I see we now make orders from Amazon in Australia to New Zealand but sadly it doesn’t seem to work with imports. They have got Doctor Who Blu-rays but can’t buy them but at least there is a better selection on there ?

  2. Yes, Trevor, good news for consumers, not so good for the likes of Mighty Ape and JB Hi-Fi. It’s a shame Blu-ray imports can’t be ordered from the site but they have a fantastic selection of recent and catalogue Blu-ray and 4K-UHD discs at very competitive prices.

  3. I actually get Kindle books from Amazon in Australia, it’s much better with the exchange rate. I hope Amazon will come to New Zealand one day ?

  4. Have you looked through the Australian site? It’s like NZ Netflix vs. US Netflix. And still no Amazon Prime delivery to NZ. Be careful what you wish for, if Amazon set up in NZ it would kill NZ retail.

  5. Yes, I see you can’t buy at least imported Blu-rays, so annoying. I decided to get Kindle Unlimited back and loving reading the entire books instead of the samples, there are quite a few I have been wanting to read so it’s wonderful ?

  6. Arghhhhh I thought we were done with that awful Bennett woman 🙁

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