The Floor Is Orange Water

By | June 15, 2020

Floor is Lava starts on Netflix on Friday, which as far as we can work out is just the Museum from Fort Boyard, a three minute semi-regular event, turned into an entire series. Still, might be fun though.

We quite liked Rutledge Wood on Hyperdrive, and given he was a host on the US version of Top Gear now appears to be gunning for the role of The US Richard Hammond.

Edit: I thought this was going to be a pretty boring week, but in the last hour we’ve had ITV are bringing back The Cube and Cyril Feraud’s got a character job as a Ken-like doll gameshow host on Fort Boyard this year. Amazing. Edit Edit: And S3 of The Circle.

20 thoughts on “The Floor Is Orange Water

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      I thought this was going to be a pretty boring week but this is fairly exciting news! It’s set in a perspex box so it’s practically COVID-proof!

      1. Brig Bother Post author

        So big questions – it was five years since The Cube was last on, and eleven years since it pioneered its futuristic production ideas.

        Will The Cube 2020 push those ideas further, or will it rest on its laurels?

        And are we going to get more Nick Foster EXTREMELY TENSE music beds?

        Basically *is there much point* of a Cube reboot, other than it’s something they can make and show?

        1. John R

          Apparently the clever behind the scenes lot always managed to add something unique to each series, e.g. the cool effect of the game being built during the preview

          I don’t think bigger prizes is the answer, they need *something* to stop 90% of contestants bailing out at £20,000 – £50,000 (at times not helped by the friends and family influence in the audience) but I’m not quite sure what…

          What does ideally need to remain is Schofield, and the bottle of juice and caramel wafer bars for audience members (one of my favourite audience recordings to be honest, you could actually see me jump out of my seat when a contestant beat a game on their last life!)

          1. Brig Bother Post author

            Yep agreed on all counts. And Schofield is one of the best hosts for shows with audiences I’ve seen. The warm-up barely needs to do anything.

          2. Alex Richards

            > “caramel wafer bars”

            Are these Tunnocks’? Because OH, if they are…

  1. Henry R

    Is Schofield still presenting it?

    Lots of news, wonder if any of the stool pigeons know much about it.

    1. Danny Kerner

      i would honestly think Schofield will still host, but does make me wonder about the future of 5 gold rings.

    2. Alex McMillan

      Pull a “Brian Dowling hosting Big Brother” and get Mo Farrah to host it

  2. Henry R

    Im guessing this also kills any chance of Small Fortune coming back too

  3. Philip

    Just to mention, in other game show news, Richard Osman has confirmed that they will record 95 episodes of House of Games in July. (1 week was filmed pre pandemic) The projected start date will be some time in September.
    My guess would be that it will be just like series 3 with 10 in 20 and 10 in 21? 8 new weeks and 2 COC like last series!

  4. Andrew, the Yank

    If I’d heard of Hyperdrive before this I didn’t recall it, but I started watching and am enjoying it quite a bit. Thanks, Brig.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Hyperdrive’s a great little show – genuinely fun in a way I wasn’t anticipating. I think there’s too much emphasis on The Leveller in later rounds in terms of lap weighting, but I guess if you’ve blown the budget on it you’re going to use it.

      Also great sound effects.

  5. Brig Bother Post author

    Right this is now out. On the basis of one episode it’s quite fun! Each episode is three teams against the same room, which has enough different routes and contraptions to keep it entertaining – it just about succeeds in staying fun in its almost 40 minute runtime. Rutledge Woods’ commentary style suits it pretty well.

    There are ten episodes and each room is played twice – once as Level 1 and once as Level 2 – I’m hoping that’s a remix rather than just the same challenge over and over.

    1. David

      The level 2 eps alter the room slightly (removing a item that can be used as a bridge for example) and alter the teams in some of them (3 teams of 2 or 2 teams of 3 instead of 3 teams of 3).

      It’s not bad, and a nice time waster if you have a spare 40 minutes I agree…

  6. Brekkie

    Thought the Floor is Lava was very disappointing – just the same thing three times and not climaxing to anything . Feel it needs at least a final round to give it some sort of point.

    This essential would have been better as a kids show.

  7. Brig Bother Post author

    Halfway through the series now and to be honest not enough new ideas throughout, largely variants on a theme. Which is a pity, but it’s entertainingly produced so I’ll probably watch the Level 2 ones over a period.

  8. Will Stephen

    Noticing on the study floor they showed ways to get across that are basically impossible including getting to a hippo?(or rhino can’t remember which while typing) which then allows you to somehow go around the edge to the exit despite there being nothing noticeable around it, oh and that the jump to get to the animal is impossible.

    Agreeing with others that it feels like the level 2s were almost pilots for the game and then they added extra pieces knowing the difficulty (impossible for one person to get to the end of study if they’re the only ones left at the end for instance). Editing is all over the place with the winners too, they really don’t know what they were doing with the format it feels like. Still enjoyed it though and I agree a final round for the money (say 5k for each person across) would make more sense just a simple points and you win.

  9. Alex McMillan

    I find the studio environment Rutledge Wood is standing in with the door very odd, almost as if they had him talking to the teams beforehand and they were meant to go through that door to the game, and it was all cut? This show is quite baffling.


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