It’s Schlag den Henssler on Saturday

By | March 19, 2018

Yes indeed, join us for another exciting edition of Schlag den Henssler where a contestant goes up against TV chef Stefan Henssler for a rollover jackpot of €1m. That starts at 7:15 UK time. We’re hearing the Opera VPN workaround is no longer working so we’ll try and find an alternative for you. No promises.

We’ll be here all evening probably so we understand if you want to join us late to see what happens on Saturday Night Takeaway this week…

In other news, SRO are suggesting they’re filming a pilot of First and Last with Lee Mack, 11th April at Pinewood. This is very interesting, it’s a format that’s been knocking around for ages, so much so that Justin Lee Collins filmed two pilots for it years and years ago. In it, 11 contestants are reduced to one in a series of games, but whoever finishes first and last each time is eliminated. IIRC, the finale had the final three people write a blank cheque for up to £50,000 and whoever had the middle amount got to keep it. No idea who this is for.

Sounds like Robot Wars is dead, again.

By | March 16, 2018

Genuinely a bit of a shame if true, the most recent series was very entertaining, correcting a lot of issues I thought the first two series had.

Edit: Yep.

Jim Bowen

By | March 14, 2018

You can’t have failed to notice that Jim Bowen, star of hit darts quiz Bullseye, has died. He was 80.

We don’t normally do tributes to the dead at Bother’s Bar – other people do them better. However, seeing as everyone else is going to do Bullseye, here’s a poor quality video of Jim pissing himself laughing at a poor quality escapologist act live on Sky Channel’s Sky Star Search with Keith Chegwin. The other judge is Rustie Lee.

Things that aren’t formats yet but probably should be

By | March 12, 2018

It is POP FACT that Agatha Christie invented the modern reality elimination competition when she wrote And Then There Were None way back in the dim and distant past (in fact it’s practically The Mole, do read/watch/see performed if you haven’t already).

However recently I’ve been finding I’ve been watching lots of streams of a videogame called Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and it’s literally the film Battle Royale with Takeshi Kitano. 100 people dropped on an island who have to loot buildings for weapons and then vie to be the last one standing, to keep people moving and to keep people close the map contracts every few minutes, dealing damage to anyone who isn’t in the safe zone. With the right people I find it quite compelling.

This sort of thing has become all the rage in Videogameland now, there’s a similar free-to-play game called Fortnite Battle Royale which is basically the same thing but faster and with building elements.

The closest we’ve come to this sort of thing, I think, is the Japanese show Battle For Money, a spin-off of Bother’s Bar favourite Run For Money, which featured people running around a map eliminating each other with dodgeballs. Here’s an ep with English subs:

Millionaire returns

By | March 9, 2018

ITV don’t seem to have a press release yet but Variety has, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? returns in the Spring for a week-long run hosted by Jeremy Clarkson. “New twists and turns” are promised, which may be worrying or the shot in the arm the show needed.

It will be filming in Manchester.