Wheel of Fortune US UK

By | February 11, 2018

Tired of Pointless and The Chase? CBS Drama appear to be showing US Wheel of Fortune (from a few years ago – series 32) weekdaily in a double bill from 5pm, repeated the following afternoon at 1pm. I wonder if it’s only a matter of time before Jeopardy?

In other news, Jeremy Clarkson hosting a rebooted Millionaire rumours that were swirling around a little while ago have suddenly started reappearing again. Don’t know if it’s true. Would probably watch, until it was clear nobody was going to win more than £8k on it.

Show Discussion: Tenable S2+

By | February 11, 2018

Weekdays, 3pm,
ITV

Note: There didn’t seem much point in giving this an all-new discussion post for series three as series 2-4 were recorded as one 60 episode block split into three series of twenty, so it’s unlikely there will be many surprises. However for those who want it I’ve floated the most recent post up to the top.

Good stuff, our favourite surprise from last year returns for a new run which I believe is the first of three twenty-episode runs to be spread throughout the year.

Tenable challenges teams of five to complete lists of top tens for big money prizes. In many ways nothing we haven’t seen before in terms of format (which magpie-like borrows bits from many daytime shows before it), but excels in the execution, in particular blockbuster film star Warwick Davies’ excellent genial hosting which keeps things flowing nicely.

Don’t know if they’ve made any format changes, and I guess we’ll soon see if the quality of entertaining lists of ten stands up over the next sixty recorded episodes. they may never be able to match the ingeniousness of “the ten chocolates that have ever appeared in a box of Celebrations” but hopefully they can come close.

We discussed series one here.

Knights and Warriors

By | February 9, 2018

The Winter Olympics starts today. To celebrate I was going to search for a video of Ice Warriors to put up, but I searched for Ice Warriors and Knights and Warriors came up instead which is frankly far more entertaining, so here we are.

It’s Song for Europe tonight

By | February 7, 2018

Sorry, Eurovision, You Decide, where Mel Giedroyc and Mans Zimmerlow will present the six acts vying to finish 24th at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May. That’s 7:30pm on BBC2.

New series of Tenable and Go 8-Bit start next week (I’m told the first ep for that is on UKTV Play now). Doesn’t seem much point in giving them new discussion posts as a) they were both recorded the same time as the previous series so are unlikely to feel any different and b) certainly with regards to Go 8 Bit the second series didn’t provoke much discussion anyway. Here are the previous discussion posts for Tenable and Go 8 Bit if you want to use them.

Meanwhile it’s been bought to my attention that Youtube Red’s escape room based reality show Escape the Night has been naughtily uploaded to the internet’s naffest streaming site Dailymotion. I hope to watch it across the next week.

Show Discussion: What Would Your Kid Do?

By | February 5, 2018

Tuesdays, 8pm,
ITV1

Jason Manford hosts a new six-part series where parents are challenged to predict what their kids will react in a series of expert-led psychological tests. The parents who know their kids best get a chance to win a prize at the end – selected by their kid of course.

Nobody mention Bet On Your Baby and we’ll all be fine I’m sure. Manford will probably be pretty good at interaction. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Kakegurui

By | February 3, 2018

This may be of interest to some of you (although you’ll need Netflix to watch it), a Japanese anime series called Kakegurui (Compulsive Gambler) which appears to have just joined the service recently. Specifically you’ll probably enjoy it if you have a Liar Game/Genius itch you want to scratch.

I’m just going to quote Wikipedia here, because it’s late Saturday night and I’m increasingly lazy:

Hyakkaou Private Academy houses the most wealthy and privileged students of Japan, with many future leaders and professionals graduating from the school. In this school, the student hierarchy is determined by a series of games in which students bet their fortunes against one-another, and those in debt become slaves to the whims of those who hold their money. One day, a new student appears, one who gambles for the thrill of it, who actively begins to disrupt the hierarchy of the school while the student council tries to find ways to shut her down.

What I would suggest is that it’s pretty aggressively Japanese anime, there’s always time for a lingering set of schoolgirl bosoms, apparently (its 15 rating is fair). But the stories and characters are quite entertaining, as are the games (and indeed the explanations for all the cheating going on). I wouldn’t suggest it’s as good or as clever as Liar Game, but if you like that sort of thing you will probably find something to enjoy here.

I’ve watched four twenty-four minute episodes so far of twelve, a second season is going to be happening.