Taskmaster Series 5 line-up

  • Nish Kumar!
  • Sally Phillips!
  • Aisling Bea!
  • Mark Watson!
  • Bob Mortimer!

This feels like a really good line-up and with two Fighting Talkers hopefully we’ll get a bit more arguing the toss than we got for series four. Your money has to be on Bob Mortimer surely.

Studio bits film at Pinewood next month.

I’m getting old

Next month I am 36. It’s fine, but I find I need to look stuff up now and it takes a lot more to get me excited about things.

Take this exciting story from Gizmodo, Sky and F1 are putting money into drone racing. We’ve briefly discussed the Drone Racing League before suggesting it really isn’t ready for primetime yet despite the fact it features things that in theory are quite good. Unique tracks set in derelict buildings? I love both unique tracks and derelict buildings! Neon hoops? I love neon hoops! People called things like “C00!D00d” and “badOuef”? Yeah you’re alright thanks.

And yet. When watching it’s still quite small indistinct objects flying around arenas that feel a bit too big for them, through hoops at speed but because we’re watching very 3D events on 2D planes it’s difficult to appreciate the positioning and skill. Simply put, whilst on paper drone racing sounds quite exciting it’s not that much fun to watch at length.

Although in one minute bursts in first person it looks brilliant, obviously.

 

I’ve also got no interest in E-Sports either, despite playing loads of videogames. Sod off, “youth”.

In Bother’s Bar Film Club news, in the last week or so on Netflix I’ve watched Ares, a quite good film set in a near future French dystopia where the one thing that unites the public is a hugely violent drugged-up version of MMA broadcast on screens over the city and on the Eiffel Tower and one fighter trying to take down the system from within with the unlikely help of a transvestite. SPOILER: The corporations are bad guys. Good use of mise-en-scene for all you A-level media students reading.

The other film I saw was gory Indian horror Ludo where some horny kids end up in a shopping mall playing Ludo for supernatural reasons except I got bored and turned off just as they started playing Ludo. I would totally watch a film called Death Jumanji, somebody fund that thanks.

Finding Treasure

I know they used to knock around various torrenting sites, but it’s possibly quite surprising given that there are entire runs of things like Crystal Maze on Youtube that there’s a surprising lack of Treasure Hunt on Youtube.

So I was pleased to look through my subscription list this morning to discover that the All Our Yesterdays channel seems to be uploading them, albeit Family Channel branded ones. Only the first two series at time of writing, but still. Of course Golden Age Treasure Hunt with Wincey Willis didn’t start until the year after but you can definitely see the lighter tone of the show forming with series two (we always quite liked Annette Lynton) whilst the first series is fascinating in its own right.

Here’s the very first episode which worked much closer to La Chasse Aux Tresors, and has a very similar set. The theme still gets us going!

It’s 24 Hour Game Show Marathon Weekend

Bored of political excitement? This weekend is the 6th annual 24 Hour Game Show Marathon where most of Buzzerblog stay up all night playing gameshows in the hope you will sponsor them for Child’s Play.

It starts 5pm UK time on Saturday. You’ll be able to watch live on Twitch, and you can donate on this link.

Here is the schedule (you’ll need to shift five hours forward for UK times), I’m intrigued to see how some of the games work out:

ANTOINE ADVENTURE WEEKEND

The Crystal Maze launches with another Stand Up 2 Cancer special on Friday 23rd June 9pm. Will the series be going out on Friday nights? That doesn’t sit well with me. Still though.

Fort Boyard 2017 launches Saturday 24th at 7:55pm UK. We’ve set our page up for it.

Great weekend for adventure fans!

There’s an election on.

Traditionally at this juncture we put up a clip of If I Ruled The World, the political panel game from the 90s, but this year I’m instead putting up a random video from Parlamentet, the popular (and still running) Swedish version.