UKGameshows received a query and forwarded it to us, and I have to say I’ve drawn a complete blank. Anyone?
Contestants had to work their way along a giant board which culminated at a white van. The quizmasters were a family (?) that owned the white van. The opening credits had scenes of the family having a picnic while the van would roll off down a hill without them.
No one I speak to has any recollection of this and it’s possible my description above is incorrect but I’m sure it exists in some form.
Does this sound familiar?
Sounds like a less extreme version of Hold Tight, but I suspect it isn’t. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
Run-through contestants required for testing season 2 of Tom Scott’s ‘The Game Garage’. It’ll take place at Limehouse Town Hall, London E14 on Friday 14th June from 10.30am to 4.30pm (at most – we aim to finish earlier). You’ll be helping to try out new game show formats – some quizzes, some task-based. Willingness to have fun and try things more important than quizzing prowess. We can pay travel from London/South East and a lunch will be provided. If interested, please contact us via email@example.com with your name and mobile number.
Bother’s Bar is upset to learn about the passing of the actor Paul Darrow this morning. Most people will know him as Avon from Blake’s 7, but we’ll always remember him as hosting and commentating on incredible early 2000s endurance competition Hercules, giving it a real sense of gravitas and tone.
The show was produced by Bother’s Bar’s favourite wayward son Gary Monaghan, and ages he ago he officially uploaded an episode to Youtube. It’s one towards the end, but it’s an epic pyramid building challenge.
Look out for a live stream playthrough of the official new Microids Fort Boyard game, coming to Switch and other platforms, when it’s released (currently down for June 19th in the Nintendo store – yes we appear to be getting a proper English version). It’ll probably be a bit rubbish, but at least that will be funny.
Kenneth Clarke’s Civilization. Attenborough’s Planet Earth. Epic documentary series both.
And now there’s a new landmark documentary to add to the list, Ben Justice’s Top 100 UK Gameshows of All Time. Justice is a little different from your average punter, he actually works in development (with shows to his name including last year’s best-selling format All Together Now, Richard Osman’s House of Games and Benchmark) and may have a different viewpoint to the audience. Will you agree with his choices?
As it starts, so it shall end, here’s the final Top 10 of Actual Real TV Developer Ben Justice’s Top 100 UK Gameshows Of All Time. There are over 4,000 shows to choose from. What’s made the cut?
I’d like to thank Ben for all his efforts – I had precisely zero input into it, and it turned out quite a bit more entertaining than I think I was expecting when he first pitched the idea to me months ago, but I saw the enthusiasm on show in the first cut of the first episode and was pretty much sold there and then.
There have been calls for a Top 100 Worst Gameshows Of All Time but I know Ben doesn’t want to do it because understandably he doesn’t want to upset too many people in his line of business. I on the other hand have no such qualms, however I’m wary of descending into “best gameshows with Y in the title” style video list content. We’ll see. Letterbox would probably win anyway.
Planned episodes include The Price Is Right, Play Your Cards Right, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and Take Your Pick. Which one(s) will be successful enough to get a full run? Will Alan Carr’s Bullseye work? And Take Your Pick‘s a bit dull and probably won’t work with increased prize levels, but wouldn’t be watched if they stayed the same as twenty-five years ago. Anyway.