The AIs Have It

By | April 17, 2019

News this morning of Speedgate, the world’s first AI (with a lot of human help) created sport. Maybe it will become the next Tenball, who knows?

So this begs the question (ding!) which game or quiz show most feels like it’s been put together by AI? We’ve not disparagingly compared a show to Quizzlestick for a while.

In other news: FOTB Ash the Bash and this quiz show Twitch stream Wednesdays will tonight be taking on Duel from 8pm. This will be live but not interactive like previous games The Wonderwall and 1 vs 100 as far as I’m aware. Do check it out.

Show Discussion: In For A Penny

By | April 13, 2019

Saturday, 7:30,

So many question marks with this one.

On the one hand it’s a vox-pop show, and these never ever ever ever (ever) do any kind of business. On the other hand, it’s based on an apparently popular segment on Saturday Night Takeaway, so it has brand recognition. On the one hand it has Stephen Mulhern, and like it or not he’s good at this sort of thing and dealing with members of the public. On the other hand it has Stephen Mulhern. On the one hand, it should be quite funny in way Ready or Not wasn’t. On the other hand, the cash prizes on offer seem rather unexciting, in a similar way Ready or Not wasn’t. On the one hand, they’ve sensibly limited it to half an hour. On the other hand, that’s 26 minutes longer than it had to entertain on Saturday Night Takeaway.

So you’ll understand why we’re finding this a difficult one to call, it has trends it has to buck but it’s probably the show most likely to buck those trends. They’re giving it every chance, hammocked between Ninja Warrior and Britain’s Got Talent so suspect the figure might flatter to deceive a bit, still that’s scheduling for you.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Ben Justice’s Top 100 UK Game Shows of All Time – Part 5

By | April 12, 2019

He’s back! Yes, after a week unsuccessfully negotiating Luna’s fee with her agent, Actual Real TV Developer Ben Justice is back with positions 60-51, the top of his bottom. Some really interesting choices this time around (although we’ve said that about the last four vids, I hope the Top 50 isn’t going to be boring!).

Celebrities Walking Through A Door

By | April 10, 2019

Reports this morning suggesting ITV have picked up The Masked Singer, we look forward to seeing what level of celebrity they manage to get for it (who’s behind the lion mask? it’s Christopher Biggins!).

Also reported, there might be a US version of The Crystal Maze in the works. On the one hand, imagine The Crystal Maze but American. On the other hand, imagine The Crystal Maze but American. Little Lion (of live experience fame) were meant to be expanding into the US, weren’t they?

Stoppit and Tidyup

By | April 9, 2019

Quietly quite interesting, news broke yesterday that Ryan Reynolds will be hosting a US version of upcoming format Don’t, where families attempt physical and mental challenges in rooms for money whilst under strict instructions not to do something or risk elimination.

Anyway this sounds like potentially a fun idea. So obviously looking for inspiration for something to “do” a post about I start looking for gameshows that follow the theme. Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. Don’t Feed the Gondolas. And then I saw Davina McCall holding a question card, so here’s a video of Don’t Try This At Home!