Sue Perkins' kids' show The Big Spell cancelled

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

Sue Perkins has had no shortage of presenting gigs lately, having recently reunited with her Great British Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief and landed herself the big job of hosting the BAFTA TV Awards too.

But one job she won't be revisiting is presenting Sky1's children's spelling competition series The Big Spell, which has been cancelled after just one run.

It was The Sun that broke the news of the cancellation this week, citing poor ratings after the series' final was watched by just 116,000 people earlier this year.

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The show saw 20 children aged between 9 and 13 battle it out in a series of word-related games and challenges.

Joining Sue in the show's line-up was BBC newsreader Moira Stuart, who read out the words, and comedian Joe Lycett, who was backstage comforting the children's nervous parents.

"There are no plans for The Big Spell to return to Sky1 currently," a spokesman for the company said in a statement.

"We would like to thank Sue, Joe, Moira and all of the brilliant kids who took part for creating some great family-friendly entertainment."

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Family-friendly it may have been, but The Big Spell was also incredibly tense for viewers at home.

We have never been as anxious as we were watching this clip of two contestants spelling out the word 'professional'.

Sue may not be lending her hand to ITV's late night comedy series The Nightly Show any time soon – she recently released a joint statement with Mel confirming the pair wouldn't be reuniting to host – but we'll still be able to see her back in her presenting element soon enough as the host of the BAFTA TV Awards next month.

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