Come Dine with Me to replace Campbell Live

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A Kiwi version of Come Dine with Me will take the place of Road Cops from next week, replacing Campbell Live.

TV3 announced the show will fill the 7pm primetime slot on weeknights starting next Monday. It is scheduled to run for eight weeks.

This comes just two weeks after TV3 owner MediaWorks scrapped Campbell Live.

Come Dine With Me guests, from left, Monika, Tony, Hinemoa, Kyle (hidden), and Sarah.
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Come Dine With Me guests, from left, Monika, Tony, Hinemoa, Kyle (hidden), and Sarah.

John Campbell left the show as part of a revamp of current affairs at the station, which also saw a shuffle of the Sunday night programmes.

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Last month, TV3 head of news Mark Jennings said an as-yet unnamed "entertainment programme" would replace Campbell Live on June 1. An "evolved version of Campbell Live" would eventually take over the 7pm time slot.

Kiwi dinner party guests, from left,  Kyle, Sarah, Tony, Monika.

Kiwi dinner party guests, from left, Kyle, Sarah, Tony, Monika.

MediaWorks would not comment any further on the planned new current affairs show.

In the meantime, Road Cops and Come Dine with Me will fill the void.

Come Dine with Me will be narrated by Guy Williams, who will introduce five strangers each week to battle it out over the course of five episodes for the title of "ultimate dinner party host".

Guy Williams follows the template created by Come Dine With Me UK's Dave Lamb in providing "dry and bitingly sarcastic ...
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Guy Williams follows the template created by Come Dine With Me UK's Dave Lamb in providing "dry and bitingly sarcastic narration".

They score each other's efforts, and at the end of the week the winning host walks away with a cash prize of $2000.

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"I love the British version of the show and if I can be half as good as that guy then I reckon it's going to be a great show," Williams said.

"I think there's nothing better than looking behind the scenes into people's lives for an evening. It's endearing, entertaining and, most importantly, hilarious."

Week one features Monika, a Slovakian child carer; Tony, an eccentric real estate agent with some cutting critiques and a few "endearing quirks"; Hinemoa, a part-time tattooist and full-time eyebrow enthusiast; motorbike-riding insurance broker Kyle; and yoga enthusiast Sarah.

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