Happy David’s Dead Day!

By | January 11, 2020

Not only is it Wie Is De Mol premiere day, but it’s also the anniversary of the greatest reality TV moment of all time. Comedy = tragedy + not much time.

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Voting OVER!

By | January 11, 2020

The lids have been put on the ballot boxes of the 15th UKGameshows.com/Bother’s Bar Poll of the Year. It’s going to take a little longer than usual to collate the votes and write it all up (for a start, because you could change your vote before the deadline I haven’t been counting them up as they come in, also: life), but the date for your diary is Tuesday 21st January 9pm when the LIVE broadcast of the results with discussion with the Polls Panel is provisionally going to happen.

Great turnout, thanks for all your votes!

Until Dawn/Jusqu’à l’aube

By | January 9, 2020

Here’s something that looks fun starting on Netflix tomorrow (Friday) – Until Dawn. Three French comics investigate paranormal locations at night, but whilst doing scary challenges the other comics try to make worse by pranking them.

Here’s a trailer in French, but the show will have English subs (as does the trailer on the Netflix site).

This is Very Much The Sort Of Thing We Like, like a more overtly comic version of MTV’s Fear which may well fill the Release the Hounds shaped hole we currently have, and so we very much look forward to watching it. It comes from a new French outfit, We Make, who also have an adventure game for Amazon Prime on the cards, and we’ve known producer Moe for ages when he was working his way up so I hope this is as good as hoped.

Show Discussion: The Masked Singer

By | January 4, 2020

Saturday, 7pm,
ITV

International singing sensation lands on ITV. Somewhere, someone at ITV is kicking themselves for not going far enough previously.

Celebrities make their way through an elimination singing competition all the while being dressed in spectacular and ridiculous costume. A panel of celebrity judges judge them whilst also trying to work out who they could be, leading to an unmasking at the end of each episode.

You spend the episode wondering “who are they?” hopefully you won’t still be wondering “who are they?” after they’ve been unmasked. In some ways this is the ingeniousness of the format, by the time you discover you’ve been watching D-List celebs, it’s too late, you’ve watched the show now.

Incredibly this was recorded months ago and I don’t think any of the names have been leaked which is quietly quite impressive (as I’m aware, the audience isn’t actually in the room when the celebs are unmasked, just host Joel Dommett and judges). Suspect this thread may die quickly or explode, not sure which. Anyway, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.

Show Discussion: First and Last

By | January 4, 2020

Saturday, 8:15pm,
BBC1

Here’s a format that’s been knocking around for absolute donkeys years, originally piloted with Justin Lee Collins about a decade ago for Channel 4 (IIRC), an unsuccessful run in Italy, another pilot with Lee Mack and finally, FINALLY the BBC have decided the time is right for First and Last with Jason Manford for primetime Saturday night viewing.

First and Last sees eleven players battling it out for a prize of up to £10,000 by playing a series of games, the golden rule is that you’re eliminated if you finish any game first or last.

Let’s hope the show is better than the mediocrity required of its contestants, I can’t help but feel the First and Last Series gag writes itself, but it’s got six episodes to prove its worthiness. Let us know what you think in the comments.