Dave Lamb, the acerbic Come Dine With Me host, is to present a children’s quiz show.

The actor’s no-holds-barred comments about contestants in the Channel 4 dinner party show have helped propel the programme to huge success.

Now he is set to be the host of new series Gory Games – a spin-off from hit series Horrible Histories – for CBBC later this year.

CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh said: “The series is being made by the revoltingly talented team behind Horrible Histories and we’re sure that Gory Games will be a hideous hit too.”

Last month, Horrible Histories became the first children’s programme to pick up the best sketch show prize at the British Comedy Awards.

It is based on the series of books by Terry Deary which focus on some of the grim aspects of various historical eras to bring the past to life for youngsters.

Gory Games will see young contestants answering grisly questions about Awful Egyptians, Vicious Vikings, the Measly Middle Ages and more.

Winners of the quiz will have to take part in a physical challenge such as Henry VIII’s pie-eating game.

The programmes feature stars of Horrible Histories as well as author Terry.