Coming soon to CBBC: Top Class with Susan Calman, a show which aims to find Britain’s smartest school and looks excitingly like it has a passing resemblance to top 80s quiz First Class. I hope there are Paperboy and Hypersports rounds! What’s behind the spinning golden disc! Etc!
Anyway I’m only mentioning this here because here’s a promo shot of Calman holding FOUR question cards. Is this cheating or does it make it four times as good?
Anyway right now I’m currently addicted to watching old episodes of High Rollers on Youtube, the US quiz from the 70s and 80s based around dice-game Shut the Box hosted by Alex Trebek then Wink Martindale. I remember watching it on satellite in the late 80s (I can’t remember if it was part of Sky 1’s Panel Pot Pourri strand or Lifestyle with Diddy David Hamilton). The Martindale version would be the show I grew up with and I love everything about it (one of the all time great themes! Glamorous set! What passes for 1980s US quiz show trivia! When one of the prizes was a bonus game! Golden dice because why not!).
The game, by modern standards, actually isn’t all that great – probably a little too much passing the dice in the hope the opponent rolls bad and loses the game rather than gambling to try and take prizes, but right now I also don’t care. Here is a random episode. Have a good rest of Bank Holiday!