Show discussion: 24 Hour Panel People

OK then, today’s the day that David Walliams off of Little BritainGamesworld et al does 24 different panel shows (they say panel, but The Generation Game and Give Us a Clue and even Room 101 is probably pushing it a bit) in 24 hours for Comic Relief.

You can watch the live stream (watchable outside the UK, apparently) and donate by clicking on the picture (or, I believe, on the red button), it begins at noon Saturday UK time:

I will probably be dipping in and out of it all day, there is a schedule of sorts of what and who will be involved although they don’t seem to be running to a clock. We wish them all best of luck.

If you don’t catch any of the live stream, BBC3 will have 5×30 shows on it in the run up to Red Nose Day on March 18th, and there will be highlights on the night as well.


  1. Brig Bother says:

    Vernon Kay has suggested that The Generation Game is scheduled for 5pm.

  2. Dave says:

    Ta Brig. Can’t imagine anything worse than an hour of Vernon Kay and Miranda Hart. Does anyone have an idea of the full schedule?

  3. The Banker's Nephew says:

    Seriously? I missed part of WILTY? Course my favorite show is on at 7:00, while I’m still sleeping. TT_TT Will the entire thing be on the iPlayer later?

  4. Brig Bother says:

    This is the first time I’ve really watched WILTY but I quite like it.

    What is going to be most interesting about this 24 Hour concept is that quite often loads of funny stuff gets cut from a long recording session but here you’ll get to see everything.

  5. Michael says:

    I’m disappointed its taking ages for the studio to be reset. What’s taking so long? Surely the only things that need changing are the graphics (easy, they’re all on the LED screens so it should be a case of pressing a button) and the guests (again, easy).

    This extended turnaround period loses the spectacle of the event really.

  6. Ryan says:

    Victoria Cohen on 8 out of 10 cats! Excellent!

  7. Jennifer Turner says:

    Call My Bluff seems to have dropped off the list.

    • Brig Bother says:

      I’ve also noticed Lee Hurst is doing They Think It’s All Over, but there’s no Rory McGrath.

    • Dave says:

      Worry no more! Call My Bluff seems to have made it back on to the schedules. Sadly at 3:40 am – although probably more like after 4:15 at the moment. With Tim Key and Alex Horne excitingly.

  8. art begotti says:

    I’m liking the idea of a 70-minute QI. (Although a chunk of that time will probably be pleas for money.)

    In the meantime, I’m apparently watching Jack Dee bobbing for red noses on a tray.

  9. Dan Peake says:

    Having started watching 24 Hour Panel People, I’m a bit confused. They talk about pickups etc – so are we watching the live footage of a filming of show’s they’ll later edit down?

    And I’ve just found the answer myself. Correct, they are recording it for editing for BBC Three.

    It’s good to know I find strong parallels between 24PP and the chaotic recording of Accumulate! 😀

  10. Jennifer Turner says:

    Hmmm. Admittedly I’m watching this on a computer with no sound-making equipment attached and am therefore not quite getting the full experience, but… this set-up is taking an awfully long time.

    • art begotti says:

      I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Having never been to a proper taping before, it’s neat to see the behind-the-scenes stuff leading up to taping time.

  11. CMD on his wife's computer says:

    I don’t suppose it would be considered canonical, but will this be the first episode of Have I Got News For You? without Ian Hislop? (Quick research suggests so, but…)

    • Jennifer Turner says:

      Yes it would be. If it were canonical. But without Ian Hislop, how can it be? Ahhhhhhh…

    • Dave says:

      Also the first QI without Alan Davies I think

      • art begotti says:

        Not quite, I think one episode of the D series (Divination?) was taped without him. He was there for the intro, then “disappeared” after he pressed his button. I think the story goes that the taping date conflicted with a football match he wanted to attend.

  12. art begotti says:

    Blankety Blank is turning out to be quite ridiculous, because Paul O’Grady can’t remember how the game is played at all.

    Anyone know what the deal with the random animal sound effects is?

  13. CMD on his wife's computer says:

    So far, so brilliant for Blankety Blank. Paul O’Grady is claiming not to have a clue, and he really doesn’t. David Walliams has lowered the show right into the gutter straight away . Lots of bleeping out, but there’s still lots of silly stuff that gets through the ten-minute delay.

  14. whammy says:

    Blankety Blanks is fantastic, Lee is an idiot

  15. Des Elmes says:

    Anyone watching the show for which Wild Rover could, but probably will not, get in trouble with Endemol over? 😆 😆 😆

    The worst possible start for Simon and Matthew as the £100k goes immediately… Who knew Rain Man grossed so much?

  16. Des Elmes says:

    And who knew Glasgow was further west than Exeter?

  17. Des Elmes says:

    Jurassic Park’s tagline was factually incorrect…

  18. Des Elmes says:

    Well, they’re guaranteed £5k now… 🙂

    • Des Elmes says:

      Make that £8k…

      • Des Elmes says:

        £9k, even!

        No wonder Kernick’s laughing… 😆

        • Des Elmes says:

          And would you believe it?!?!

          The very next amount to go is the £75k…

        • Des Elmes says:

          So they’ll win something between £9k and £30k – hmmm… 😕 😕

          A bit like having £5k, £10k, £15k, £20k and £35k at 5-box on DOND, isn’t it? 😉

          And I really did prefer it when there was just one person presenting the Saturday night draws… having two really does mean more Myleene, doesn’t it? 🙁

  19. Des Elmes says:

    And who knew Cheers had just six more episodes than Frasier?

    Intriguingly, they both ran for eleven seasons…

  20. Travis P says:

    I haven’t laughed so much in ages with tonight’s Blankety Blank. Just a shame it was on early they had to bring in the Big Brother live feed editing crew.

  21. Des Elmes says:

    So it’s now £20k, £25k or £30k…

    Analogous to £15k, £20k and £35k at 3-box on DOND. 😉 😉

  22. Travis P says:

    Given what I have seen from the floor managers/warm up men for some of these shows today. Thanks goodness Deal or No Deal at Bristol doesn’t do anything cringeworthy like the shows that are shown today.

  23. Brig Bother says:

    They’re about an hour behind schedule at midnight.

  24. art begotti says:

    I won’t lie, I’m a bit disappointed by live QI. They’ve started recycling questions from the regular series, and it lacks the edited energy that a regular episode has (Fry having the time to actually get the answers probably helps). Interesting to see it on a change of set, though. I like Fry at the white podium with blue background, not as much the panelists.

  25. NJ says:

    There is a certain level of quality we’re surrendering to enjoy this, both with the somewhat cramped nature of the recordings and the fact that some of this is a bit thrown together. Right now its getting very late and its starting to show on some people. Clearly not too familiar with recording a panel show at 3am.

    They Think Its All Over’s Feel the Sportsman is proving as hilarious as ever. Am a little concerned with them quite a bit behind schedule. Trying to figure out whether they’ll run the whole schedule (can’t very well ditch some of the heavyweights they have at the end) into overtime or whether they’ll cut short on some other shows on the way there.

  26. NJ says:

    19 hours in and the strain is starting to show on some people. David seems less and less perky off camera and someone actually fell asleep in the audience.

    • Brig Bother says:

      Well I think that is to be expected, although I thought they were getting a new audience every few hours. Actually, they’ve probably had the same one all night.

  27. Jennifer Turner says:

    Who were the host and panellists for “Would I Lie To You”? (And actually, do let us know if there were any changes to the line up we haven’t picked up on – we’ve basically copied the list from the BBC Three website, so any last-minute changes won’t be reflected, yet.)

  28. Brig Bother says:

    And it’s all over, most of the way through Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Well done everyone.

  29. NJ says:

    I failed and crashed just after Mastermind, missing the one show I really wanted to see (Whose Line) so I’m going to be looking forward to the BBC3 recap to see what happened there.

  30. Brig Bother says:

    I think they shoudl repeat it next Saturday but starting it at midnight, so all the overnight stuff gets shown on Saturday afternoon when people will be able to see it.

  31. Greg says:

    I really enjoyed that, highs have to be Blankety Blank and Celebrity Juice.

  32. Ryan says:

    Did they end on time? Was a bit disappointed that I’ve just woken up now and missed the ending.

    • Travis P says:

      They stopped at midday (which would be 24 hours) rather than letting David finish Buzzcocks. They still had to go the lyrics dround.

  33. Steve says:

    Should bring back Whose Line… it was the best of the lot.

  34. Brig Bother says:

    I’ve just remarked that they bought back It’s Only TV But I Like It, but ignored Not A Lot of People Know that with Bob Mills, which got three series. HARSH.

  35. Brig Bother says:

    This is the UKGameshows list 24HPP of hosts and participants – if anyone has any corrections then please say something:

    The official BBC list isn’t quite right and doesn’t account for all the drop outs.

  36. art begotti says:

    Everything I saw (It’s Only TV to Give Us A Clue) looks okay, as far as I can remember.

    Yes, I really watched that much. Woo, spring break?

    • NJ says:

      What’s My Line with Stephen K Amos turned out better than expected, if only because Stephen kept royally screwing certain aspects. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) making a surprise appearance was a nice treat for the audience at 7am.

  37. Jennifer Turner says:

    Important if true (but it can’t be… can it?): “BBC2 plans to axe daytime shows” – ALL of them.

    • David B says:

      I certainly support a reevaluation of just how much new material needs to go out after lunchtime. There’s a huge amount of dross on after lunchtime, with precious few new ideas eating up theduring the earlier part of the avo. Lord knows how many episodes of Escape to the Country there are. There’s probably noone left in the cities any more.

      Certainly it’d be a shame to lose the afternoon quiz treats that usually occupy somewhere between 4 and 6, and I’d be extremely surprised if they went as far as the 7pm time mentioned in this article.

      • Mart with a Y not a I says:

        Move along please, nothing to see here…

        A – It’s the Daily Mail, who really, really really, hate the BBC and will write anything to get middle England on it’s high horses and write to complain.

        B – If you actually read it, first it’s authored by ‘Daily Mail Reporter’ – which in jurno speak, is someones opinion, rumour dressed up as fact, guesswork or just plain made up yesterday in the newsroom. Second apart from a rather vauge quote by Will Wyatt, there are no real credible sources listed.

        Given that both Pointless and Perfection and Eggheads can go 5-10 episodes without giving away any prizemoney (I know it’s rolled over, but that still works cheaper in budget terms than say give the winners a flat £3,000 daily prize over 30 odd episodes) those types of shows are still cheap and cost effective.

        Why would the BBC want to pump out the News Channel output on BBC Two during the day, when by the end of 2013, when analouge transmiters are switched off, and every tv is digital – you can press a button and watch the output on it’s usual channel?
        And at 1 o’clock BBC One and Two will be showing the same output as each other, as the News Channel simlcast the main network news bullitin?

        Now, where’s that massive pitch of salt?

        • Brig Bother says:

          Yes I was wondering if they’d bother with news on BBC1 if BBC2 would be just doing rolling news.

          You would have to assume if it is true that the afternoon quiz hits, with the viewers they bring, would find a place on BBC1.

          • Coolcat says:

            Mart with a Y, just to let you know the story’s in today’s Sunday Times too – another fairly anti-BBC paper, I’ll grant you, but we can’t simply dismiss this as a Mail fiction. Seems to me someone’s taken a bit of leaked internal blue-sky thinking at the Beeb, added a bit of conjecture and reported it as fact.

            Even if it were to happen, is it a big deal? Taking tomorrow as an example: BBC2 kids’ sequences in the morning expected to stay, Daily Politics, GMT at lunchtime are news-based anyway. Then from 1-7pm, there are 2.5 hours of repeats, and 3.5 hours of new episodes of: To Buy or Not to Buy, Flog It, Cash in the Celebrity Attic, Put Your Money… and a new antiques/history show Royal Upstairs Downstairs. Most of these are interchangeable with BBC1’s morning fare anyway (which isn’t apparently under threat), it would just mean fewer new episodes overall of this stuff (much of it schedule-filler, if we’re honest) would be commissioned annually.

            Perfection and Pointless would, I’m sure, find homes on BBC1 at 2.15 or 5.15 (instead of Weakest Link? Oh, yes PLEASE!) without too much difficulty.

        • sphil says:

          it also seems to give the far more plausible cost saving idea in its own article, of repeating primetime dramas from earlier in the week, which would make far more sense. of course, lets gloss over this for a far more stupid idea.

        • Weaver says:

          Let me play devil’s advocate for a moment. What is the compelling reason for BBC2 to make daytime programmes after digital switchover? Prior to the evening schedule – perhaps 7pm – the only programmes that BBC2 make and couldn’t easily transfer to BBC1’s comfortable schedule are the various political shows. It’s also increasingly difficult to justify different children’s programmes going out on BBC1 and CBBC, and the CBBC schedule has been compromised by the switching point at 5.13.

          There is a strong argument for shuffling children’s shows to CBBC, perhaps increasing the latter’s hours of broadcasting a bit. That would free up BBC1 daytime for the shows currently going out on BBC2.

          If BBC2 must broadcast during the day – and the Beeb has the multiplex space, it may as well use it – I’d strongly advocate more shows from the nations. BBC Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland make some terrific programmes, and they’re just buried without ever attracting an audience. Just because “Are You Related to an American President?” is about families from Northern Ireland doesn’t mean that it’s not of interest to the rest of the UK.

          For what it’s worth, the original report comes from the The Sunday Times (proprietor: News International, wannabe-owners of British Sky Broadcasting) via the Mail on Sunday (proprietor: Associated Newspapers, part-owners of ITN, and sole-owners of Teletext). Neither can reasonably be seen as a disinterested party.

    • Jennifer Turner says:

      Speaking of oddness, I only bring this up because if it does turn out to be true, its weirdness would rip to shreds the very fabric of reality, and I think that’s the sort of thing of which people might like to have a bit of advance warning: David Mitchell and… Victoria Coren?

      • Brig Bother says:

        Is it that weird really? I think they’d make a good couple.

        Which other single gameshow-type people should we try and find partners for?

        • art begotti says:

          I think there’s a difference between “a good couple” and “a pair of people I particularly enjoy who just happen to have different genders.” I’d put this in the latter category, but with a bit of hesitation in favor of the former. They’re not in the public eye as much over here, so maybe I don’t know enough about them to really make a fair judgement call.

          • I’ve long been favourably predisposed to both of them and I wish them great happiness, whether together or apart, noting that it’s not really our business. That said, I would sigh happily if it were to be true; they would immediately become the most important David-and-Victoria coupling in the world.

  38. Patrice says:

    Some lovely person has upped the 24hr pp Blankety Blank on youtube:


    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    Post show interview:

    Get it while you can

    • Netizen says:

      Shows 8 to 18 (Celebrity Juice onwards) are available from one of the usual places. Each show includes the set up before the titles, giving you some of the real ‘watching a taping’ experience. I imagine?

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