William G Stewart

By | September 21, 2017

We’re sad to hear about the passing of legendary producer and 15 to 1 host William G Stewart this afternoon. He was 84.

Whilst most people will best know him as the stern long-running host of the aforementioned quiz, we’re a bit more interested in his producer work, producing some of the finest light entertainment quizzes of the 80s and 90s. The Price Is Right was my favourite TV show as a kid (even if I did find Cliffhanger unbearably scary to watch) – the games, the glitz, loved it. And lest we forget he helped turn around Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush from pre-production limbo-hell to one of the most important and influential light entertainment shows of the last 30 years.

Here from Youtube is the first episode of 15 to 1 from 1988.

It’s the Rose d’Or’s tonight

By | September 19, 2017

One of entertainment’s biggest prizes, tonight it’s the 56th award ceremony for the Golden Roses in Berlin.

I made some predictions for the gameshow category last month when the noms were announced. My opinion’s not really changed. I’ve backed the last three winners, I hope Bigheads will continue my streak. The judges usually pick quite good winners out of the final nominations list, I’ll be pretty content as long as the genuinely terrible but pretty Babushka doesn’t win.

Here’s their website, and here’s their Twitter.

Edit: Bigheads won. Well done Primal Media.

Show Discussion: Bromans

By | September 13, 2017

Thursdays, 9pm,

When in Rome do as the Romans do, as the old adage goes. Eight couples travel back to Ancient Rome where the men will compete in tough physical challenges in the hope of making it to the Emperor’s Games at the end of the series with a cool £10,000 on offer to the winners. The ladies will aid and abet and partake in traditional ancient roman activities and help their partners, all under the watchful eye of Tom Bell as the Emperor’s assistant, Roman Kemp the voiceover and Tornado from Gladiators training them as Il Doctore.

It’s Hercules meets Love Island, basically. On a sliding scale, I predict the closer it is to the former the better it will go down on here and personally I can get definitely get down with this sort of thing although now I’m out of the demo whether I’ll find the contestants and their antics (and I predict many, many antics) annoying is another matter.

The set looks terrific though. The show’s from Electric Ray who you might remember were the people behind non-hit Prized Apart, let’s hope they’ve learnt some lessons from that.

If you watched it let us know what you thought in the comments.

Show Discussion: Taskmaster Series 5

By | September 13, 2017

Wednesdays, 9pm,


Great stuff, our favourite new show of the last X years returns to Dave for an eight episode run, where five more comedians will put their problem solving, comedy and gamesmanship skills to the test. This series we have (from left to right in the promo shot):

  • Bob Mortimer
  • Mark Watson
  • Aisling Bea
  • Nish Kumar
  • Sally Phillips

This post is a bump from the Wednesday previous as the first episode has been up on UKTV Play so you may want to wait until after the first episode has gone out before reading the comments if you don’t want to be spoilt.

Edit: Two-part Champion of Champions special for the run-up to Christmas announced.

Pointless Back at Television Centre

By | September 12, 2017

Of interest to fans of Pointless and fans of television studios, the next run of Pointless starts filming on October 9th through to November 16th at the new refurbished Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush. Which seems as good a reason to go as any. Jonathan Ross is also currently filming his chat show there.

You can apply for tickets at SRO.

Edit: In other news, Susan Calman will be fronting Armchair Detectives.