Sorry it’s been a bit slow lately, but I’m not doing a Board of Excitement when there’s so little to get excited about (although there will be a show discussion post for NEW! Who Wants to be a Millionaire tomorrow). Also (if you don’t follow me on Twitter), I was up in Nottingham playing poker badly at the wonderous Dusk Till Dawn for the first time pretty much all day yesterday.
Anyway, I’ve been alerted to the fact that Letters and Numbers has premiered on SBS in Australia and you should be able to watch it online certainly if you live in Australia and I’ve just watched it from the UK. It is, of course, the new Australian version of the ever popular Des Chiffres et Des Lettres although production wise having more in common with Countdown than its french father.
Certainly the set is very similar, although they’ve got the University Challenge-esque academic lava lamp thing going on in the background behind the contestants which is quite subtle and cool. There’s no celeb in Dictionary Corner, although their very own Susie Dent David Astle gets to do an origins of words segment, and there’s a viewer teaser to go into each of the breaks. The format is letters, letters, numbers, letters, letters, numbers, letters, numbers, computer generated Conundrum which I quite like and fits inside half an hour. The clock music is rather poor compared to our legendary one.
Basically it’s alright if you like that kind of thing.