The BBC's version, Sudo-Q, features Eamonn Holmes as the host of a general knowledge quiz which incorporates the puzzle. Three teams of three will compete each weekday, with half the quiz based on trivia questions and the other half on the mathematical puzzle. ITV has been working on a pilot, working-titled So Sudoku, along very similar lines but it is still in the development stages.
Sky One has already run a Sudoku-based panel show in July, in which celebrities compete against each other to solve a puzzle.
But the BBC seems to have won the battle to be first to put the format on terrestrial television. Its version will be a 10 x 30-minute series, broadcast on BBC1 in the fortnight leading up to Christmas and stripped across weekday lunchtimes.
It is being executive produced by Sumi Connock and produced by Gareth Edwards and Michelle Lanaway at BBC Manchester.