So here is a new thing, and by “new” I mean “there’s been six of them but I had no idea existed until they followed me on Twitter yesterday,” a podcast from Global Radio that exists only as a podcast called The Birthday Game with Richard Osman, and made by Remarkable Television (relevant links here, or you could just search for it in your podcast aggregator of choice).
In it, three guests try to guess the ages of celebs who have birthdays in the week of broadcast. Three points for dead on, one point for being a year out, winner wins a Colin the Caterpillar cake from M and S.
That’s it. It’s amiable enough, I’m 2.5 episodes in and it’s fine, enjoyment depends largely on the quality of guests they’ve got on – there’s plenty of time for small talk (indeed you should probably go into it with the mindset it’s some celebs having a chat and playing a game than the other way round). It’s a three-minute local radio feature turned into a 40 minute podcast, basically.
It’s hard enough to get people to watch light entertainment on TV these days, this is an intriguing content strategy from Endemol, in a medium you actively have to seek out. Not quite sure what it’s for (it’s not like any of the people involved need to have a podcast. Is it meant to be a loss leader? A loss leader for what exactly?) or what counts as success (@birthdaygamepod at time of writing has… 105 followers). In fact I can’t think of any quizzy or gameshowy podcasts that have properly broken out at all, off the top of my head.
Well we’ve had quiz business politicking with The Boss, now Rob Beckett is hoping his new quiz will be employed a little bit longer.
Contestants must try and win a rolling jackpot at the end of the show by getting nine questions correct. To help them, they can build a team from a returning pool of contestants who will answer questions based on the categories that will come up in the end game. If they can impress, they might be worth luring down by making an offer to split some of the jackpot if they go on to win. Knowledge, tactics and negotiation is the key.
It’s a bit The Boss, a bit the end bit of Perfection, a bit Sell Me The Answer. But will it be a bit good? Let us know what you think in the comments.
…although I’m not in love with the logo. And the screens should be bigger for 2019. Still though, SPANGLY.
Next up, @EpicGameshow – a huge format made up of the iconic gameshows from our catalogue. We’ve taken some of our biggest titles, super-sized them and given them a brand-new epic ending. pic.twitter.com/djIBcOLveO
It’s been a long time coming but US cultural phenomenon Rupaul’s Drag Race begins in earnest on BBC3.
Michelle Visage, Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a bevy of guest judges will help determine which of the drag queens has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to rule them all, and it will be quite interesting to see the differences between UK and US drag. Also: will they still “do” Snatch Game even though that title won’t really work on a UK-centric show?
Plenty of questions, and the distribution method certainly raises an eyebrow, although given the show’s UK presence has mainly been built up through Netflix and on-demand, may be quite smart. We’ll see.