Bother’s Bar’s Game Night 20

By | October 16, 2020

Saturday 17th October, 10:15pm – 12:30,
Here and on Youtube

(If you’re looking for the Show Discussion of The Cube, it’s the next post along, or you can click here.)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, the new Jackbox got released on Thursday with five brand new games (well, four and Quiplash 3) and that means that the winners of previous Game Nights across the year all get invited to try them out in the annual Champion of Champions. And you get to join in and interact LIVE!

This year Team Audience have earned the right to play by right by finally winning an Arbitrary Final, and they’ll be joined by other Arbitrary Final winners, Moral Victors, and David J Bodycombe because he’s a celebrity.

This episode I will need a Voice of The Audience for two bits:

  • The Devils and The Details requires verbal communication and teamwork – you will not have a chance if you can’t verbally communicate.
  • Talking Points is a bit less important – I’m happy to stand in and give the lecture if the audience player only wants to work the slides. It’d be more fun with you doing it though.

To become a Voice of the Audience, we will need to be friends on Discord so I can invite you to the private no lag room. I am BrigBother #9399. The Audience can decide amongst themselves who will put themselves forward in the Youtube chat. Remember to have a working mic!

Note the slightly later time – because I know that the community will want to watch the premiere of The Million Pound Cube we’ll be starting after it, hopefully no later than 10:20pm. The Youtube feed will be here, but we recommend watching on the Youtube page as the lag will be slightly less and you can join in with the audience chat.

See you then!

Show Discussion: The Million Pound Cube

By | October 16, 2020
We had to nick the logo from the mobile game, sorry.

Saturdays and Weekdays, 9pm,
ITV

It’s back, and now it’s Ben Shephard’s production company making it.

The biggest changes, other than being filmed without an audience, is that Philip Schofield now presides over teams of two, and that the top prize is now a million quid. It looks like the Swap now replaces the Trial Run, which I think means getting to swap the player rather than the game, but we’ll see. Not sure I love getting rid of the Trial Run, if only because if you’ve set a game up you might as well see it played.

Also intrigued to see what, if any, new visual effects they have after five years off-screen. The Cube was probably the most futuristic looking show since Roy Walker’s Catchphrase. It’s quite interesting that few other shows have borrowed the techniques since. Looks like we might have some new Foster/Bolam tracks of various intensities which were always one of the best things about the original show.

Two celebrity eps this and next Saturday and civilian eps stripped at 9pm this week. Not sure what numbers they’re hoping for and what would be seen as good, The Cube was never actually a massive rater (except for the one early series it was plonked before The X Factor where the stars aligned for it a bit), but it always did quite well in the hard-to-reach young male demographic.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Show Discussion: Taskmaster S10

By | October 15, 2020

Thursdays, 9pm,
Channel 4

And so we’re finally here, it’s moved from Dave to Channel 4 and we’ll finally be able to find out if this changes the show for the better or worse.

Not that it will be a fair fight, this (and the next) series have been filmed under COVID conditions, with audience reaction recorded from cinema screenings recently.

Our gladiators over the next ten weeks:

  • Daisy May Cooper
  • Johnny Vegas
  • Mawaan Rizwan
  • Richard Herring
  • Katherine Parkinson

What I will say is that it’s got a great promo picture.

Stool Pigeon: October 2020: The RESULTS

By | October 12, 2020

Alright, let’s see what you’ve sent in…

  • Rat in the Kitchen – the latest Possessed hit – is coming. It’s a weekly mini The Mole-meets-Masterchef and has a pilot already filmed with Ms. Giedroyc.

JUST BLOODY DO THE MOLE, GLENN.

  • Almost as soon as the US one was announced, a UK revival of Weakest Link based on the new US version was definitely being considered, but in the last week or so that seems to have stopped, it’s not been confirmed what’s happening with that either way.

I’m wondering what happened to the impetus the Children in Need special had three years ago? People seemed to like it (even though it was frankly a bit rubbish, not unlike the US one) and it rated pretty decently and it sounded like Anne was up for making more. It actually had many of the same issues – quizzing too slow, chain was rubbish, seemingly little thought put into formatting. Kudos to the person who almost got one through suggesting up and coming host Ross Clark was being lined up for a revival, until I remembered who Ross Clark was.

  • Nickelodeon’s Crystal Maze will air January 2021, nothing is changing in its production other than masks worn by crew during filming and cleaning of each zone during stop downs and transitions. It’s not really juicy gossip, just a surprise considering Fort Boyard 2020, but then again. I guess the family is inside their own household bubble so.
  • I have had some info from a Viacom insider regarding their contingency plans in regards to the American Crystal Maze Series if they cannot get to the UK within the next 6 months. They are considering building their own set and will be located in a secret location. From my understanding i believe it will be filmed in a airhangar similar to how supermarket sweep (US) was filmed earlier this year.

I think we’d all like to see what an American Crystal Maze set would look and feel like – I imagine the main thing would be keeping Adam and the families apart which might be quite difficult if the windows are all in the doors and whatever.

You’d think Richard Ayoade would be in his element hosting a socially distanced version. As it turns out, there are still six celeb episodes filmed 18 months ago that still haven’t been shown yet, except on Australian cable.

  • Some discussion being had of international versions of Taskmaster ending up on All4. Likely to just be Taskmaster: New Zealand if anything, but there had been discussion of the Scandinavian versions also.

I would be very intrigued by the take-up if this is true. It sounds like the Scandinavian versions are viewed pretty positively from those who have seen them.

  • I have heard that the Dutch Mol filmed or films in Germany. Based on my source I am not entirely sure, whether this is true or whether they mistook the Dutch with the Belgians, but it seems about 80% sure that one of them filmed or films in Germany.

I’ve also heard Norway and Switzerland are possible locations for either as well.

  • Darragh Ennis set to debut on The Chase on Tuesday 20th October.

You heard it here first! Unless it’s wrong.

  • Pilot made recently for ITV called ‘Headstrong‘; a cross between Ninja Warrior and WWTBAM. Answer a question, attack the obstacle course. I hear that the contestants they had were fine with the questions but not so good with the assault course and nobody completed it over a very long day of recording!

This sounds like a fun idea!

  • A nest full of dead ospreys was found near where The Bridge was filmed. Production naturally got the blame, so they had to pay for a vet to do a post-mortem, which determined that they died long before the crew turned up.

I have no idea if this is true or not but I love the story.

  • Richard Bacon BBC daytime quiz “Spinning Around” has a pilot coming up. Main game looks to be somewhat roulette themed.

JUST BLOODY DO GAMBIT, RICHARD.

And that’s all the weather! FOR NOW.