Buy It Now For Christmas

By | November 28, 2019

Probably not worth an entire show discussion post but I thought I’d bring it to your attention, a new series of of low-key Bother’s Bar favourite Buy It Now returns for a christmas run in primetime with Rylan Clark-Neal hosting. 8pm, Channel 4.

If you didn’t see the daytime run with Brian Conley last year, it’s pitching a range of new products to an audience, and if any of the audience would still buy the product after they’ve revealed the price then it goes over to three retailers who may or may not make an order. We discussed it here. It’s very much more about odd and good inventions and whether there’s a market for them than it is about business, although everyone turning their lights on at an idea only for everyone to turn them off again when they hear the price is quite amusing.

Hopefully what was a tight thirty minutes won’t feel too bloated at sixty.

WIDM in China

By | November 26, 2019

Hearing from our chums Reality TV Warriors that Wie is De Mol? has been to China for its 2020 series, and that the cast list will be out soon.

WIDM has become a bit of an appetizer to Belgian De Mol‘s main course over the last few years, but at its best it’s a like a Michelin starred one. We shall look forward to covering it in the New Year when it goes out.

Show Discussion: The Switch

By | November 24, 2019
#hostholdingaquestioncard. Surely those arrows should be the other way round.

Weekdays, 3pm,
ITV

“It’s easy to get rich if you survive The Switch!” Thank goodness the words “rich” and “switch” rhyme, because “it’s easy to become moderately well off if you survive Whooping Cough” probably wouldn’t sell in quite the same way.

Comic and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar hosts four contestants trying to win a large amount of money. In each round, each contestant gets 45 seconds to build their bank by answering quickfire questions. However at the end of the round, everyone must face The Switch – three multiple choice questions each with one wrong answer. Pick a wrong ‘un and you get switched out of the game, unless someone else picks a different wrong answer to take your place by the end of the round. In the end, one person gets to play the Final Switch where they can win half of their bank, their bank, or DOUBLE their bank against the clock.

20 episodes to come. Might be fun. Might feel a bit dragged out at 60 minutes. It’s fun to see a new gameshow face though. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Poor Dave.

By | November 22, 2019

Yep, as suspected, off to C4. Six series over three years starting in 2020.

Switch It Up

By | November 21, 2019

The Switch with Sanjeev Bhaskar starts on Monday.

If you can’t be bothered to read the press release (and you should for some classy #hostholdingaquestioncard and top notch Boring Press Release Quote from Bhaskar), it sounds basically like the Cashbuilder from The Chase, followed by three questions in the style of 101 Ways to Leave A Game Slow, with a final that’s a little bit like Bother’s Bar Alternate Timeline Favourite The Fuse. We’ll have a Show Discussion post ready on Monday morning. Bhaskar seems like a good choice, the sort of name you wouldn’t have really considered but now it’s happening you think “yeah, why not?”

Speaking of Switches, there was a BBC press release a while ago suggesting there was a Nintendo Switch adaption of Pointless coming in November. What happened to that? Might well have been a decent family round the telly Christmas thing.

EDIT: In other news:

https://twitter.com/ITVChase/status/1197461706789838849