Round Brit-dan Quiz

By | March 22, 2020

If you missed our Schlag Watchalong last night, one of the fun things that came out of it was Dan Peake’s Round Britain Quiz. It’s not a show I have much experience of, and it sounds like the real show on radio is rather less fun, but I really enjoyed this.

Bother’s Bar Schlag den Star Watchalong 21/3/20

By | March 21, 2020

Saturday, 7:15pm (UK) 8:15 (CET),
Pro Sieben and naughty internet streaming

Yo, what are you doing this evening? Not much these days I bet! So why not join us as two celebs battle it out for €100,000 in an empty studio across fifteen mystery games, one of which will be Blamieren oder Kassieren, live on German television?

As ever we will have our Discord open for live chat and quizzing and gossip and stuff, the link will appear here once we go live. Remember it’s a privilege not a right so behave yourselves. To avoid cutting out, we advise turning Auto-sensitivity off and setting it to -85dB or so in your settings.

TONIGHT! Influencer Demi Bee takes on replacement contestant actress and singer Jasmin Wagner. Rita Ora is providing music.

The link to the Youtube commentary stream will be live here from 7:15pm until end of broadcast.

This stream is commentary only. You will need to have a naughty stream running at the same time for the visuals. We are likely to be about 15-20 seconds behind the visual stream (and about a full minute behind if you’re watching an actual satellite feed), sorry.

The Opera VPN has apparently stopped being useful for SdS. Bother’s Bar recommends shelling out for a proper VPN service. Bother’s Bar uses ExpressVPN, other VPN services are available. Matt Clemson recommends Windscribe as a free alternative. We cannot take responsibility for anything you do to your system, so be careful and use some common sense.

To watch it would be useful to sign up for ProSieben’s catch-up service – it’s pretty simple to work out, don’t click the box if you don’t want e-mail messages. You will need to put in a proper e-mail because it will send you a confirmation. 

If anyone knows of any relatively safe livestreams, do feel free to share.

Eurovirus Song Contest

By | March 18, 2020



Meanwhile, to answer the question “why don’t they just do a satellite version”…

The official statement and FAQ is linked here.

With apologies for the amount of comment jumping a post with lots of tweets in it will have.

It’s Schlag den Star on Saturday

By | March 17, 2020

It’s not going to have a live audience and it sounds like they aren’t going to be allowed to film outside. But even so the live show appears to be going ahead and two celebs will battle it out over 15 surprise events in an empty arena for Elton’s €100,000 prize. And we’re going to be chatting along with it (it’s probably misleading to call it a commentary, really), so join us on Saturday for the Schlag den Star Corona Special-Non-Special.

The contestants are social media influencer Dagi Bee and TV host Cathy Hummels, and music is going to be provided by Rita Ora.

Edit: Thanks James:

“Cathy Hummels has had to go into self-isolation because of a case of Corona in her family. Her replacement is pop singer Jasmin Wagner.”

Crisis Command

By | March 16, 2020

Apropos of nothing, here’s an episode of Crisis Command: Could You Run The Country? that ran for three episodes on BBC2, kind of a high-concept choose your own adventure crisis simulation. One of the scenarios involved a pandemic which everyone is an expert on. This isn’t that episode though.

Grand Slam

By | March 15, 2020

Here’s a fun thing that turned up on Youtube the other day, an entire episode of C4 quiz championship Grand Slam from 2003.

It’s still really nice from a production perspective – looks striking, decent Paul Farrer soundtrack. I still dislike the kick-a-contestant-when-they’re-down round starting rules, and Switch-Switch-Passing (which doesn’t happen here). Clearly some of the questions in the words and numbers rounds are much easier than others. I think the final gets to the heart of why I don’t think chess clock quizzes really work – you can’t claw back a victory from them, you can only hope your opponent messes up (it’s ‘not losing’ rather than ‘winning’). It takes seven minutes for the quiz to actually start.

I still enjoyed it at the time and still think it’s a basically entertaining watch though.