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As if 'The Great British Bake Off', 'The Great British Sewing Bee' and 'The Great Pottery Throw Down' weren't enough, there's another slightly twee but competitive show coming to our screens, and it's hosted by 'Bake Off''s Sue Perkins.

Sky 1's 'The Big Spell' is the British instalment of international franchise 'Spelling Star', which has already been a big hit in Australia. It will pit 20 youngsters aged nine-13 against each other to see who's the best speller in the UK.

But it's not just a spelling bee. We're promised "jaw-dropping drama and incredible emotion" as they compete in a range of challenges based around spelling, words and meanings.

As ever with these things, a lot depends on the competitors, so let's hope there are some characters among them.

The eight-part series also features comedian Joe Lycett, who'll be backstage with the competitors' parents, while former newsreader Moira Stuart will officiate as the show's pronouncer.

Sue Perkins said: "I love being intellectually owned by eight year olds, so this is the perfect show for me."

"We absolutely love this show," said Richard Ackerman, commissioning editor at Sky, "it's full of nail-biting tension and tremendous warmth. Furthermore, the show has taught me two things; firstly the old adage isn't true, you can work with children and these kids are extraordinarily talented and fantastically charming. The second thing I learned is that my own spelling is awful."

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