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Pac-Man reality TV show planned

Will bring pill-munching classic "to life".

What with its disembodied floating heads, terrifying supernatural antagonists and dark, pill-strewn corridors, we wouldn't have pegged Pac-Man as an obvious candidate for a reality TV adaptation.

However, it seems US TV production company Merv Griffin Entertainment sees things a little differently. Apparently it's teamed up with Namco Bandai to work on exactly that.

Merv Griffin boss Roy Bank told Deadline that the plan is to make a "big, crazy Wipeout-type event with a lot of energy. The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world's biggest game of tag to television."

The production company, whose past efforts include The Ainsley Harriott Show, is shopping the concept to TV networks now.

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