Whilst we’re on our unofficial old Dutch show week here at Bother’s Bar Youtube suggested something for me I hadn’t seen in about 25 years, Prijzenslag, a Dutch version of The Price is Right I used to watch on satellite on Dutch RTL when I was about ten. If I remember correctly this was followed by a show where people would ring up and control a bulldozer using their phone to push money into pits but the channel would usually become scrambled about half way through.
Obviously being about ten I found a show with the word “slag” written in big letters quite funny. Also Hans Kazan (magician stage name) had a particular way of presenting which meant I thought Dutch was quite a ‘hurdy-gurdy’ language for years. He’s brilliant (and still a going concern), but even now watching this I think he could be a young Paul Whitehouse character. Hurdy-Guilder, more like.
A couple of observations the 35-year-old me can now make: I do quite like the theme tune. The one-bid items are hysterically cheap – about £10-20, and the showcase only so much better (a TV and video recorder, and that’s it). I’ve got no idea what’s going on with Hole in One the thumbnail is suggesting, it feels like you either get the order completely correct, in which case you can putt a few inches from the hole, or you make a mistake in which case you have to putt from the longest spot (with obstacles!) regardless, although you seem to take your second putt from wherever the first one rests.
Anyway, Prijzenslag there. It ran from 1990 to 1993. Surely John De Mol’s finest hour.
In other news Robot Wars is apparently back on Sunday 26th at 7pm. EDIT: No apparently it isn’t now, March 5th.