Coronavirus: Michael Barrymore brings back 'Strike It Lucky' while in self-isolation

Danny Thompson
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Michael Barrymore during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at ITV Studios on December 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Michael Barrymore has used self-isolation to bring back his hit TV quiz show Strike It Lucky – but on a slightly smaller scale.

Barrymore has used the time at home to dig out an old board game version of the show, which was a hit at the height of the comedian and presenter’s fame in the 1980s and 90s, and is playing along with fans on Instagram Live.

The 67-year-old shared the idea with his 20,000 followers and had a host of people getting involved.

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After the first live game, Barrymore posted a picture of himself with the board and congratulated the winner.

He wrote: “Well done Chris from Birmingham; you are in today’s lead! See you all tomorrow afternoon live here on Instagram for another crack.”

He went on to say: “After today’s very first Strike It Lucky Instagram Live and talking and playing the game with six different families, I have seen absolutely every reason why we should return again tomorrow at 5PM!!!”

The idea has been met with enthusiasm by bored and nostalgic fans following Barrymore.

One wrote: “This is a great idea.”

Another posted: “Thanks Michael, good to see you and was great to watch, hope to take part soon.”

Another said: “You were brilliant today Michael, such a good laugh. Keep it up. We love you.”

The show ran on ITV from 1986 to 1999, though from 1996 it was known as Strike It Rich.

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The show saw three separate teams of two attempt to make it across a path of TV monitors while answering questions, winning prizes and trying to avoid the dreaded “hot spots”.

Barrymore was also know for light entertainment shows such as My Kind of People and Kids Say The Funniest Things.

He was set to take part in this year’s series of Dancing On Ice, but was ruled out due to injury.