Scrabble will be available on Sky Gamestar following an exclusive deal with Mattel.

The interactive TV version of the classic word game will enable BSkyB viewers to play up to three opponents or take on the computer.

It contains the official Scrabble dictionary and automatically checks the legality and score of each word.

Adrian Pilkington, head of games at Sky Interactive says that Sky viewers will be the first in the world to experience this interactive TV version.

Scrabble will be available to satellite viewers in the UK and Ireland by pressing the interactive button and selecting 6 for Sky Gamestar. It will cost 75 pence per play session.

The TV games portal hosts over thirty free and pay-to-play games, including formats such as Monopoly and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Around 250,000 unique households use the games service every month.