Chris M Dickson has a challenge for you:
We’ve had Fabricated Pointless, here’s a new thrill: Crowdsourced Tenable. I post a list and between us we work out what the top ten answers are.
What are the ten longest-running TV game shows in the UK that are still running?
Terms of engagement: we’re talking long-running in terms of time since first episode in the current run, rather than in terms of number of series, number of episodes or anything else. You know, intuitively, what the difference is between a show taking a normal break between series and a show going away then coming back later. For instance, that show which has run for lots of years but which used to alternate series with that other show can trace its history back to its first series without interruption. On the other hand, that show which ran for lots of years with one host, then took a long break and came back with a brand new host can only claim to have been still running since the new host brought it back. TV shows only, please, we can do radio shows (and radio shows that had a series or two on TV as well) later.
Special difficulties: for the first two days, we’re going to do this off the top of our heads. You can probably work this out accurately by going to ukgameshows.com, looking up the long-running category and seeing the shows’ actual dates. However, where’s the fun in that? Once we’ve worked out a consensus opinion as to what the top ten might be, then and only then can we actually look the answers up and see if we were right.
University Challenge, Mastermind, Countdown are obvious contenders. Maybe even Only Connect, Pointless and The Chase as well. Anyway, off you go.