It’s Schlag Saturday! 22/9/18

By | September 21, 2018

Saturday 22nd September, 7:15pm UK/8:15pm local
Pro 7 and naughty internet streaming

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Schlag den Henssler is back, and a plucky contestant will be attempting to win a €250,000 by besting celebrity chef Stefan Henssler over 15 mystery events.

This commentary is going to be a bit different, as three quarters of the usual presenting team will be running around London solving puzzles. However! Scott Rux has offered to step into the breach and provide a commentary of his own. What’s gonna happen?

Watching the live Pro 7 stream might be a bit more difficult than it has been previously.

Please refer to Scott’s Twitter for the commentary feed.
This stream is commentary only. You will need to have a naughty stream running at the same time for the visuals. We are likely to be about 15-20 seconds behind the visual stream (and about a full minute behind if you’re watching an actual satellite feed), sorry.

The Opera VPN has apparently stopped being useful for SdH. Bother’s Bar recommends shelling out for a proper VPN service. Bother’s Bar uses Tunnelbear, other VPN services are available. Matt Clemson recommends Windscribe as a free alternative. We cannot take responsibility for anything you do to your system, so be careful and use some common sense.

To watch it would be useful to sign up for ProSieben’s catch-up service – it’s pretty simple to work out, don’t click the box if you don’t want e-mail messages. You will need to put in a proper e-mail because it will send you a confirmation. 

If anyone knows of any relatively safe livestreams, do feel free to share.

@bothersbar@danielpeake@davidjbodycombe @sensei256,

Panellists wanted for SMBB: LIVE!

By | September 20, 2018

That’s right! Summer is over and that means we start thinking about interactivity, and that means it’s almost time for Bother’s Bar(‘s) Game Night XI: SMBB: LIVE! What can match the anarchy of a Saturday morning kid’s TV magazine show with the tight formatting of a Saturday morning kid’s TV magazine show?

We will be going live at 9:25pm on Saturday 29th September and require a panel of motormouths who don’t mind running the risk of a double dare in the twistiest most arbitrary game night yet, ending in a final of great skill – and don’t forget this is the last opportunity to guarantee your spot in the upcoming CoCs and be one of the first to play Jackbox 5 when it comes out in the coming months.

Team Audience are an important part of Game Night and we will be opening up Youtube Chat for you to interact with me and the panel during the games themselves, as well as being the Eighth Player. Just bring yourselves and a smart device and join the fun.

But if you want to join the panel you will need:

  • To be free from about 9:15pm UK to around midnight on 29th September.
  • A microphone. A camera is not necessary for Game Night.
  • A Twitter, so I can disseminate information.
  • A screen to watch the live stream through a Google Hangout and a screen with a web browser to play the games on.

We’re especially interested to hear from you if you’re female and/or haven’t been a panellist before. There are no guarantees of anything, the aim is to cast for an entertaining show and I want a mix so don’t take it personally if you are not selected, I will almost certainly be oversubscribed. What I will say is that we will definitely be needing a Voice Of The Audience for the Arbitrary Final so have a mic ready on the night if you want that to be you.

I’d like to get a panel sorted by Thursday night so try and show your interest by Wednesday 26th, if you could use the form it would save me having to remember who has applied or not verbally. Gopher it!

It’s Schlag den Henssler on Saturday

By | September 19, 2018

But it will be a more unusual commentary situation – Dan, David and myself will be running around London solving puzzles and won’t be around for it, however get ready for a volcanic e-rux-tion! Scott Rux will be helming a commentary stream, you are advised to follow @sensei256 on Twitter.

In other news, do you remember the thing that was going around recently of some US urban explorers investigating the abandoned Canadian Splatalot set? Well this appeared on my Youtube recommendations last night, the same people exploring an abandoned Cyberdrome Crystal Maze. Can anyone work out which one? Evidently they hadn’t heard of The Crystal Maze beforehand.

AND SPEAKING OF THE CRYSTAL MAZE and abandonment, The Gamers team starring Will of occasional Bar fame are auctioning off their Diggerworld tickets for charity. Go and have a look.

Show Discussion: The Circle

By | September 18, 2018

Tuesdays 9:15pm,
All other days (except Saturday) 10pm
Channel 4

For next three weeks Channel 4 explores how people try and attain popularity on social media with The Circle. Maya Jama and Alice Levine host as a group of people live in separate apartments in block, communicating with each other only through a bespoke social media app called… The Circle. The least popular members will be blocked and eliminated, the most popular person in the block will win £50,000.

The show wants to explore how much we are ourselves and how much we change our image to be popular online and players are encouraged to do whatever it takes to get those likes.

It will be interesting to see how they manage to make a reality show where nobody physically interacts with each other except through text, although I suppose Solitary did it years ago (and Celebs in Solitary is doing it right now). Mainly I’m annoyed C4 have scheduled this against the last Big Brother, which I’ve actually been quite enjoying. Will this take off or will it put the final nails into Big Brother‘s coffin?

I don’t know how much discussion the show will provoke on here (I expect it won’t be “gamey” enough) but if you do end up watching it do let us know your thoughts.

Show Discussion: Chase the Case

By | September 17, 2018

Weekdays, 2:15pm

New daily afternoon quiz fronted by BBC Breakfast and sports host Dan Walker.

Five contestants and five cases, each with different amounts of cash. However nobody knows what’s in their own case, but by answering questions they can earn the right to find out what’s in somebody else’s. At the end of the show there’s a big quickfire case swapping finale. Who, if anyone, will leave with the jackpot case?

Watched it? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Weekend Warriors

By | September 15, 2018

Lots to tell you about. Or at least there was if I hadn’t forgotten most of it.

On Friday Fingers on Buzzers, the quiz-chat podcast starring Jenny Ryan off of The Chase and comic Lucy Porter began but already there’s an exciting upstart rival (that was actually planned ages ago so the timing is coincidental), Hey, I Was On That! is meant to start on Monday where Friends of the Bar and Game Night vetrans Alex McMillan and Laura Conlon have a chat to contestants about their experiences. The first one features Stephanie Merritt who featured on University Challenge recently.

Follow their Twitter @heyIwasonthat for more details.

Ah, that was something! Our friends at RTV Warriors were meant to be doing their own Game Night, based heavily on the pioneering Game Night format tonight but it’s been pushed back a week for “good reason” apparently so you might want to put that in your diaries. I’m about a month behind with podcasts generally but I’ve been enjoying their interviewing reality stars season (and if you haven’t listened to their interview with Gilles de Costa off of Belgian Mole, you should) so go and have a listen. Bother’s Bar’s Game Night will return on the 29th September.

Also next Saturday it’s Schlag den Henssler! But this episode is going to be different for us, because basically most of the commentary team is going to be running around London solving puzzles for a thing called DASH. However it sounds like Scott is willing to commentate with or without special guests so we’ll see what happens.

In other news, since between them seven or eight different people have made comments, a) Chase the Case starts on BBC1 on Monday afternoon – we’ll have a Show Discussion post, b) Millionaire is being renewed for a ten episode run (21st anniversary specials, presumably) and you can apply.

Edit: Now on iTunes.