Andy Lee’s new show The Hundred is like Gogglebox, but in reverse



New series

Premieres week commencing August 8, Nine

The Hundred with Andy Lee: “People want to share their stories.”

The Hundred with Andy Lee: “People want to share their stories.”Credit:

Andy Lee loves a survey. He delights in “throwing stats” at his on-air other-half, Hamish Blake, and even created spreadsheets to predict the length of lockdowns – successfully in 2020, not so much in 2021. So Lee was primed to host Nine’s new interactive panel show, The Hundred. The format pits three rotating comedians (yet to be determined due to shifting travel restrictions) against 100 viewers appearing on a 27-square-metre screen, in a game of “guess the results” to surveys about everything from plastic surgery to workplace sex. It’s the ABC’s Australia Decides but on a lighter note, live polling a different viewership.

“What’s been a challenge for us is making sure we’ve got a cross-section of Australians,” Lee says. “We know that ours will be skewed towards Channel Nine viewers, so that’s only going to be a certain type of person. So it’s important for us to reach further than that and try and get people from all walks of life.”

Brand surveys and Roy Morgan data are the backbone of the show, which is filmed close to broadcast to allow for newsworthy topics. Test recordings have given Lee confidence that once the cameras roll, the honest answers will flow – if only, at times, via the “anonymous” button.

“What people will say in public is very different to what they’ll say in private. But what we’ve found, before the show starts and people start sharing, more and more people want to share their stories because they feel more comfortable.”

A sort of “reverse Gogglebox”, with television presenters interpreting viewers’ lives, the show is intended to be upbeat and funny. Common themes concern the time most of us go to bed (night owl Lee is in the minority here), and how we like our coffee. But sometimes the questions can open confronting cans of worms.

“We can get the stories behind the stats. I was giving the stats on Schoolies and the question was, ‘Twenty per cent of Schoolies do what?’ And the comedians are jumping in, but the answer was, ‘Pass out’. One in five kids pass out at Schoolies Week. So it was an opportunity to then go the Hundred and say, ‘Are there any parents up there that are about to send their kids to Schoolies?’ And there was a mum who had her daughter on Schoolies right then, and so suddenly I could read out the stats about how sexually active kids are at Schoolies, and we can get real-time responses from the parents.”