Show Discussion: Gino’s Win Your Wish List

By | July 27, 2018

Saturdays 9pm,
Channel 5

Reboot of the National Lottery BBC quiz (which we quite liked) but now hosted by popular Italian chef and Celebrity Juice regular Gino d’Acampo. And on a very different channel.

Also new: it’s played with families and there are physical challenges. We look forward to seeing how that all fits in the format, or whether they’ve changed the floor-timing concept to fit.

As pointed out by a wag, this would be the perfect format for Gino as he won’t have to actually ask any of the questions in it.

Watched it? Let us know what you think in the comments. 9pm seems a bit late for this sort of thing these days so the scheduling is ‘brave’ or ingenious. Or both.

22 thoughts on “Show Discussion: Gino’s Win Your Wish List

  1. Brig Bother Post author

    The adverts make this look genuinely quite fun, they’re pushing Gino’s personality hard for this it looks like.

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  2. Brig Bother Post author

    I’m really interested to see how this does. I think a lot of people *quite* liked the original, but I’m not sure there was a massive clamour to bring it back. The adverts suggest it might be quite funny at least, the 9pm time slot feels very odd for this sort of family light entertainment.

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    1. Danny Kerner

      Well as it’s Gino i wouldn’t be surprised if it’s slightly risky. Hence the 9pm timeslot.

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  3. John R

    I can’t help thinking the ratings for the original were boosted quite a bit by the Shane Richie fan club…

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    1. Greg

      I have it in my mind the BBC version had some kind of instant win if you got to the top of the green zone. Was that a thing or did I imagine it?

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        1. John R

          Still the case in this version but it isn’t really explained. I’m struggling to understand the accents going on, and the voiceover is awful compared to Mel Sykes doing Blind Date

          The physical game they didn’t focus on the floor enough so you couldn’t really track if they were winning or losing until the final few seconds…

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          1. Tom H

            Think it’s Dinner Date’s Natalie Casey on v/o duty.

  4. Tom H

    What to make of that then?

    The Cube-style challenges make the whole thing less repetitive, but it felt a bit Carry On – particularly that Perspex tube belt…

    Talking of props, the new floor looks crap – the ‘shimmering’ effect simply looking pixelated.

    The nob gags wore pretty thin by the end.

    I’m also not sure how I feel about this ‘rough around the edges on purpose’ editorial style – earpieces failing, members of the crew being faux-berated – it’s a bit naff rather than funny.

    The MD of Stellify seemed to be generating half the tweets about the show, which it’s fair to say didn’t set Twitter alight. But it wasn’t total dirge, and Gino was…just Gino.

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  5. Brig Bother Post author

    I liked it, thought it did more right than wrong, physical games are OK although whether do three-second thing repetitively works in this day and age is open to question.

    I thought Gino was highly entertaining (and actually explained the while shebang pretty well) BUT it’s a pity that a lot of the prop gags felt so highly staged and unnatural in a way it doesn’t on Italian TV, and don’t work as well as 8OOTCDC which tend to have a beginning, middle and end.

    Most of the problems for me were in the editing, especially the mixing of Natalie Casey’s v/o which completely takes you out of the moment.

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  6. Brig Bother Post author

    830k ish last night. Blind Date just under a mill.

    No idea if they’re happy with that but there we are.

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    1. John R

      3.42M for Who Dares Wins too, which actually built on Pointless at 3.04M!

      ITV decided they wanted no viewers by screening The Hobbit

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  7. David B

    I thought this was a clever re-imagining of a decent idea. I’m all for anything that makes episodes feel like individual treats, instead of an expandable foam of monotone blandness to fill up a schedule at the same time every day/week.

    But two problems remain: If you have people reading questions in thick regional accents, it’s *really* hard work listening to it. And it still feels slightly too hard (and why choose such a poor win as episode 1?!)

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  8. Linda anderson

    The questions are so long ,that the chance of getting a win ,even if the answers are correct are remote . Seems drawn out as if filling in time.Realise this may be the first quiz show that Gino.had down,but not nearly as good as the lottery show version.After watching it for the second week it easy to realise that the only prize that is likely to be won is the ball game with Gino “assisting “

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    1. John R

      Yes, I didn’t tune in for long tonight but it seemed to be pretty similar to the first episode sadly. Also, since there was just a couple playing on the BBC version they had chance to build up their confidence a bit as the rounds went on.

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    2. Brig Bother Post author

      It really does feel like the difficulty is a bit off which is a shame because it does a lot right otherwise. However you can’t have a show called Win Your Wish List, the premise being people winning their wish list, and then barely winning anything. Have they led out with two complete failures because everybody has completely failed? Did it occur to no-one to tweak? Is it deliberate,hoping the audience will stick with it anyway?

      Although it’s never easy to gauge a game’s difficulty after one playing, Letter Cubes felt incredibly difficult. If they didn’t have to swap the cubes about then maybe. And what if they wanted to reset?

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      1. Brig Bother Post author

        Here you go: the problem the show has after two episodes is that it looks like a wish fulfillment show that doesn’t in practice fulfil any wishes.

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  9. David B

    Re: Twitter discussion about wrong answers in the final round, it does seem that the floor does penalise you instead of merely ‘draining’. Either that’s a production error or, if deliberate, a really strange thing to throw in without explanation. All ways up, it makes a hard game nearly impossible.

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    1. David B

      He got them all right and had some inspired interruptions. That’s the way to do it. If wrong answers are penalised, as above, I reckon you can only get 2 or 3 wrong before it becomes impossible.

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      1. Brig Bother Post author

        It was just nice to win anything in the final at all really.

        Seeing conflicting audience figures from different sources, but it looks like it held from last week at the very least.

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