Shilling for THE MAN

By | February 21, 2020

I know, but this is worth advocating for I think.

Thanks to Gizmodo, we’ve learnt that Sky’s streaming service NowTV are doing a flash sale – £1 for a two month entertainment pass.

So if you’re looking for a cheap way to watch Comedy Central’s upcoming Gods of the Game starting March 9th, from the people behind Bother’s Bar favourite Wild Things, there’s your (and my) in. I don’t know how long this flash sale lasts for. Edit: Looks like March 1st.

Remember to cancel your pass before the two months is up or you’ll be charged £8.99 per month until you do (although perhaps you’ll be alright with that).

Snow Discussion: Very Hard Questions

By | February 19, 2020

Wednesdays, 8pm (also 10pm Wk1),
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Here’s a show that sets its stall out quickly: C4 newsreader Jon Snow’s here and he’s going to be asking some very hard questions. For an hour.

Two teams will be battling it out in what looks like a single-elimination knockout tournament for a trophy (if the advert is anything to go by).

They’re bigging up the questions, so we’re intrigued to see if they’re actually as difficult as they say they are, and if they are is it still fun and entertaining? Say what you like about Only Connect, but the creativity on show with regards to the questions still makes it an intriguing watch even if you don’t know the answers. I hope it’s not just Slow University Challenge.

I won’t be able to watch the first ones live, so I’m interested in your thoughts, do leave them in the comments.

Perhaps interestingly…

By | February 18, 2020

…or perhaps not, it looks like Celebrity Game Night is returning with ten more episodes being filmed in March at Elstree (Tickets SRO).

The first series didn’t seem to do particularly well as I recall, and I found the Brits playing at being American aspect a bit odd, but there you go, knock yourselves out.

Speaking of Game Nights, keep March 7th free in your diaries for the next Bother’s Bar one. More details in due course.

The format rights for The Road to Sortition are still up for grabs

By | February 17, 2020

Possibly of interest (we have mentioned them before), Jelle’s Marble Runs, a Youtube channel that specialises in lengthy marble courses to entertain and amuse, have followed up their Marble Olympics series with the inaugural Marbula 1 race this weekend just gone. I love the opening ceremony and the high drama the race provides.

But WOAH-WOAH-WOAH, what’s this that’s come up in my Youtube recommendations? From a fortnight ago?

I report, you decide.

Channel controllers! The rights to incredible hit physics/quiz format The Road to Sortition (the show that likes drawing lots – lots and lots!) are still up for grabs! Call me!

Edit: Our marble racing correspondent Tantusar (which I keep wanting to write as “Tantasaur”) has this to say:

Non-story. Marbula 1 has been in concept since at least October and certainly earlier.


The Crystal Maze is 30!

By | February 15, 2020

Yes and well done.

However what we really want to know is did you make your own versions as a kid and were they any good?

Needless to say, love this and puts “balancing Swarovski crystals on the back of books and climbing over the bed” to shame. But what did you come up with?

Sliding Scale

By | February 14, 2020

Are you aware of a board game called Wavelength? It’s a panel show waiting to happen. In it, a person is given an abstract scale (say “dry – wet”, “fantasy – sci-fi”, “bad actor – good actor”) and is randomly set a target on that scale. They have to come up with a thing that they think would sit on that scale at the point that had been randomly selected and their teammates must try and accurately judge where the target is. It’s great fun and has a whizzy mechanical set-piece to boot.


There is no way Big Break is just a five.

And apologies in advance for all the page jumping abouts in the comments linking to several Twitter posts will provide.