25 Jul 2005, 12:00:32 PM

Returning this August to the Seven Network.

The Seven Network is pleased to announce TOM WILLIAMS will host a brand new series of THE MOLE premiering in August.

In this the fifth series, the magnificent terrain of New Zealand provides the backdrop for what will be one of the most challenging and visually spectacular reality series ever filmed by an Australian television network.

Twelve Australians will pit courage, determination and brains against each other in the bid to win up to half a million dollars in prize money. Each week physical and mental tests will divide the competitors as one person among them will knowingly sabotage their quest. That person is the mole.

Adding to the drama of each episode will be a live weekly elimination which will take place from Sydney's Martin Place. The contestants will be asked a series of questions about whom they think is the mole so, as well as trying to secure as much prize money as possible, attention to details, conversations and actions are paramount in order to stay in the game. In the end only three people will remain - one of the three will win and another will be revealed as the mole.

"I'm excited to be offered the lead gig on The Mole," says host Tom Williams. "With four years experience on The Great Outdoors this show is right up my alley. It's travel and adventure - two of my favourite past times. Plus with 12 contestants pushing themselves to win it's going to make for some enthralling viewing."

"I'll be more on the side of the audience than the competitors. Each week will present a series of challenges which I'd love to try my hand at, but will have to watch from the sidelines."

"Another challenge will be New Zealand - it's a magnificent country. You can set the camera up in any position, press play and be guaranteed a fantastic shot."

The series will be filmed over three months in Queenstown, Christchurch, Bay of Islands, Wellington, Rotorua, Mount Cook, and Auckland. Contestants will face off in extreme and challenging tasks such as bungy jumping from choppers, being plunged in to underground caves, and lying chained next to thermal geysers.

THE MOLE, hosted by Tom Williams.

Returns to the Seven Network in August.