Show Discussion: Quizmaster

By | December 29, 2019

Sunday, 6pm,
ITV

Jeremy Vine hosts as fifteen of the most successful TV quizzers in the country battle it out to see who is the quizziest of them all in a format which isn’t just 15-to-1 but does feature our contestants being whittled down to one winner across 90 minutes.

Quizmaster, a 90-minute peak time special, sees 15 previous contestants on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen to One and University Challenge compete in a high-stakes battle to become ultimate quiz champion.

My guess is ITV have rather overstated the stakes here rather given that there appears to be no real prize (just as it ever was in Serious Quiz Land, I suppose). It is possibly worth pointing out that this sort of thing has been tried before and not really worked out, so we’ll see if this bucks the trend – it might be something that would benefit from some US style glitz and glamour. Let’s see! Let us know what you think in the comments.

We were *this close* to a Cyberdrome Crinkley Bottom

By | December 27, 2019

Here’s a fun thing that’s turned up over the Festive period, the guys who ran the original Cyberdrome Crystal Maze (the proto versions of the Crystal Maze Live Experience about 25 years before the Crystal Maze Live Experience) have dragged their original website out from the archives and it’s pretty interesting. Not least the prices (£2.50 per person at Southampton! Compare to £50 per person in 2019(*)) and the fact in the News section we almost got The Cyberdrome Crinkey Bottom, based on Noel’s House Party.

I’ve linked to this before, but here are some Americans exploring an abandoned Cyberdrome Crystal Maze set.

(*) Yes I’m aware that The Cyberdrome Crystal Maze is only an half hour experience compared to a 60-90 one, and a largely automated set-up compared to having an actual person go round with you to enhance the experience. Still, though.

The Christmas Maze

By | December 26, 2019

Well I hope that went well for you. I managed to watch roughly half of the things I intended on watching, but my Christmas hero was the Stellify PR person trying to get people to switch from Gavin and Stacy to Millionaire on Twitter last night.

Tonight (Boxing Day) there’s The Big Fat Quiz of the Year which is usually acceptably entertaining.

Anyway the thing that’s mostly been amusing me the last few days is Youtube Channel Playstation Access’ The Christmas Maze. Effectively a daily series of 45 minute let’s plays with some sort of challenge element (thus far a treasure hunt in Skyrim, a Crash Bandicoot whilst eating chillis task, and trying to play Metal Gear Solid blindfolded), it’s quite neatly done with regards to the split between the people playing and reaction from team mates watching next door, intermixed with the host getting bored and hoping they hurry up because he wants his lunch. It’s a giggle.

It’s Christmas (almost!)

By | December 23, 2019

And so Bother’s Bar enters it’s annual Christmas Lull (i.e. we’re here and about but don’t expect to have much to post about for the next week or so, although we’ll put up a discussion post for Quizmaster) and so I’d like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we can all look forward to the Poll of 2019 opening on January 2nd. See if you can spot anything egregious missing from the 2019 UKGameshows list.

In the meantime, tonight there is the 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas Special (9pm C4), The Crystal Maze Christmas Special (10pm C4), Christmas Eve tomorrow features the BBC nicking two of ITV’s biggest stars with likely entertainment pilot Take Off With Bradley and Holly (will it be the next Johnny and Denise’s Passport to Paradise?) (BBC1, 8pm) and there’s The Chase Bloopers (ITV, 7:30pm). Christmas Day has Celebrity Millionaire on ITV from 9pm.

Plenty of other things on too of course, but these are the things I’ll likely be watching.