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Channel 4 announces retro games mini-series starring Rob Beckett

Four-part series will see stand-up comic and other celebrity guest exploring the history of video games

A new four-part TV series looking at retro video games has been announced by Channel 4 and Rumpus Media, in partnership with GAME Retail.

Hosted by stand-up comic Rob Beckett, Playing for Time will see Beckett and a host of celebrity guests including Josh Widdicombe, Rachel Riley, Asim Chaudhry and Scarlett Moffat exploring the history of video games.

"Gaming is obviously a hugely popular part of our culture and this series takes a unique and engaging look at how gaming has evolved over the last four decades," said Jonny Rothery, Channel 4's commissioning editor for formats and music.

"We are looking forward to teaming up with Game and a time travelling Rob to make Playing for Time a reality."

Natalie Amosu, chief marketing officer at GAME added: "The show showcases the entertainment of gaming, highlighting the social fun of playing together with friends.

"As a business built by Gamers for Gamers, this is our DNA, community is the heart of everything we do at Game, so naturally we jumped at the opportunity to work with Rob and Channel 4 on a show that celebrates this."

While there is no confirmed premiere date, the show is expected to first air in spring 2018.

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