Pass the Baton

By | May 23, 2020

Here’s something really interesting we were alerted to by gordygeorge88 on Twitter, a full episode of University Challenge‘s Pass the Baton game from the mid-80s, a curio and no mistake. I hadn’t seen this since I was about five or six. In these dying days of the show’s run, games were split across two episodes – the first played by traditional rules, the second by these ones.

So many missed questions – the advantage of the team based quiz is it only requires one of eight people to know the answer as opposed to one in two, and whatsmore many of the questions will be asked outside the expertise of at least one of the contestants. It seems unusual for someone to be able to start halfway through a lap and end the round after just one question. Also, for the effort involved in filling the baton, the team bonus question seems a bit undervalued. Also the highest loser’s scoreboard is “highest average” but seems to just be across the two shows, so what’s the point in that then? And why is one of them a .6?

In the meantime here’s a fun Wikiquiz on gameshow themes open competitively until Monday. 46/50 is your score to beat, although I’m kicking myself on at least one of the ones I missed.

We are having some difficulties…

By | May 19, 2020

…bringing you the latest episode of The People’s Ben Justice’s Top 100 UK Gameshows of All Time. It was hoped to go up today but may be a bit late. Edit: Rescheduled to Thursday.

In the meantime, here is some music.

Do-do-do-DO-do-do! Woah!

Schlag den Brig 3: The Aftermath

By | May 18, 2020

With no 50/50 Podcast to speak of, we thought we’d debrief last week’s Internet Event of the Century (if you didn’t watch it you can find it here). In this action packed 90 minute video find out the game design processes, the technical challenges of bringing this all on screen (it’s much harder than you might anticipate), did anything go wrong behind the scenes, would Dan and or Nick have done anything differently in retrospect and what was the program David used for his dice rolls? And all whilst I look slightly more hot with an extra week’s beard growth.

Surely it’s time David Bodycombe’s Riddles of the Sphinx got a reprint.

There are a couple of edit points towards the end, amusingly we had more issues doing this follow-up video than we had on the night itself. Incredible.

What new hip format have you been getting into lately, Brig?

By | May 17, 2020

It’s Split Second with Tom Kennedy from the 1970s.

Now I’ve always *quite* liked Split Second as a show, but my main point of contact was the Monty Hall hosted version, which, if I recall correctly, was shown on the Lifestyle channel on satellite and cable. In it, three contestants quickly buzz in to pick one of three questions to answer on a set of questions on board, with more money being won if fewer people claim correct answers on a set. Quite fun, but let’s be clear here, the real star is the hugely bombastic 80s theme tune.

But the original seventies version has a brilliant twist that the 80s remake removed, and that is you could buzz at any time, even before the actual nature of the question was read out, so it’s not so much a reaction test as it is about question anticipation from incomplete information. Much more interesting!

It looks like Paul Coia hosted a Scottish version in 1987, the logo suggests it was based more on the 80s version than the original.