Show Discussion: Ultimate Beastmaster


From Friday 24th February variously worldwide,

Now this is quite exciting and no mistake, Netflix enters the obstacle course reality competition genre (Christ) with the Sylvester Stallone produced Ultimate Beastmaster, apparently filmed on the old [Total] Wipeout ranch in California.

In each episode 18 contestants, hailing from the US, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan compete to complete the ultimate obstacle course, the Beast. The winners of the nine preliminary episodes will compete in the final for the honour of being the Ultimate Beastmaster.

Each of the six participating countries have their own set of hosts and commentators, for us in the UK we will presumably have ex-Millionaire host and American football player Terry Crews and FOX Sports broadcaster Charissa Thompson but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if there were options for watching the other streams, or at least foreign dubbing.

We hope this leads to Netflix trying its hand at reality competitions (cough The Genius cough), or at the very least it will be interesting to see what they might buy-in for international audiences if this is successful.

Because of the nature of the broadcast, you must be prepared for spoilers if you enter the comments, non Beastmaster chat should probably go in the post previous.

Amateur Adventure Hour

We’ve mentioned them before, French youth collective Le Qlub have made another episode of Le Qlub aux Tresors for your delectation and delight, based on La Carte Aux Tresors. This one’s quite snowy, and appears to feature a bit where one team pretends their car has broken down just to hold up the other teams, if my understanding is correct. Quietly impressed that they can persuade random members of the public to get in their cars to give directions on the pretext of having a camera.


We actually discussed this in comments about a fortnight ago but we’ve seen requests for applications from a few places now, ITV are doing a water-based game called Cannonball which appears to be basically It’s A Knockout in a giant pool, with extra emphasis on the blob from Wipeout.

Too light to set the world alight I very much suspect, but here’s a random episode of the Dutch original, Bommetje!, so you can see what it’s about:

Schlag den Star 18/2/17 #bbsds #wdwtgyt

7:15pm UK/8:15pm Germany,

Pro Sieben or naughty internet streaming

Tweet us! #bbsds

That’s right star schlaggers we’re back for another evening of celebrity challenges and commentary fun and frolics.

Join me and a full house of commentators we watch two German celebrities battle it out over fifteen games both spectacular and mundane for Elton’s €100,000 case – LIVE.

During the boring bits we’ll have our own games and gossip, and we’ll try and remember to read out your tweets on the #bbsds hashtag. Find out EXACTLY what #wdwtgyt refers to, if you haven’t worked it out already.

But who are our two gladiators battling it out on Saturday night? Why it’s only bloody handball icon Stefan Kretzschmar, and he’s playing against popstar legend  Tim Bendzko. And there are musical guests as well.

Our commentary stream – live from 7:15 until close of play around midnight.
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.

This is the stream we will hopefully be viewing. It was working at time of writing, I will update if we need to change it. It shouldn’t require a login or anything like that.

@bothersbar@danielpeake@davidjbodycombe @sensei256, @ogbajoj


Nevar say Nevar again

So here’s a TV researcher job which sounds exactly like CBBC are about to reboot BAFTA award winning show Raven.

Of course it might be something completely different that just happens to sound exactly like it.


Whilst we’re on our unofficial old Dutch show week here at Bother’s Bar Youtube suggested something for me I hadn’t seen in about 25 years, Prijzenslag, a Dutch version of The Price is Right I used to watch on satellite on Dutch RTL when I was about ten. If I remember correctly this was followed by a show where people would ring up and control a bulldozer using their phone to push money into pits but the channel would usually become scrambled about half way through.

Obviously being about ten I found a show with the word “slag” written in big letters quite funny. Also Hans Kazan (magician stage name) had a particular way of presenting which meant I thought Dutch was quite a ‘hurdy-gurdy’ language for years. He’s brilliant (and still a going concern), but even now watching this I think he could be a young Paul Whitehouse character. Hurdy-Guilder, more like.


A couple of observations the 35-year-old me can now make: I do quite like the theme tune. The one-bid items are hysterically cheap – about £10-20, and the showcase only so much better (a TV and video recorder, and that’s it). I’ve got no idea what’s going on with Hole in One the thumbnail is suggesting, it feels like you either get the order completely correct, in which case you can putt a few inches from the hole, or you make a mistake in which case you have to putt from the longest spot (with obstacles!) regardless, although you seem to take your second putt from wherever the first one rests.

Anyway, Prijzenslag there. It ran from 1990 to 1993. Surely John De Mol’s finest hour.

In other news Robot Wars is apparently back on Sunday 26th at 7pm. EDIT: No apparently it isn’t now, March 5th.