19 thoughts on “Why don’t you get a job?

  1. TheLupineOne

    Please ITV, please bring those gentle, easy going game shows back to the 9:25am slot. How I long for the days of Cross Wits, Chain Letters and Supermarket Sweep. I think I speak for the bar here.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      None of those will get the kind of revenue they were getting though. You’re more likely to get Goldenballs.

    2. Brandon

      If they’re going to put a game show in the slot, they could for now stick on repeats of The Chase, Tipping Point, Tenable etc. as a stopgap.

  2. David

    I’d suspect they’ll do the simplest/cheapest thing and expand This Morning by another hour, although they might do different hosts like Good Morning America (their 3rd hour) and Today (their 4th hour) do over here to save Phillip and Holly for the main 10:30-12:30 hours. They likely won’t make a permanent decision until September anyway.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Not that simple, if I remember correctly Lorraine and This Morning share the same studio, so JK would be used to get that ready.

      Edit: Or it might be Lorraine and Loose Women, I’m sure someone will come and correct me.

        1. Brig Bother Post author

          Nice one.

          I don’t know enough about the logistics to know if that could work or not.

          Perhaps they could make a sixty minute edit of the previous day’s TM and call it That Morning.

          1. Nico W.

            Danish breakfast TV actually is two hours of new stuff (airing from 8 am to 10 am) followed by a repeat of the exact same show (airing from 10 am to 12 pm). So it’s kind of close to your suggestion.

  3. Brandon

    I think Jeremy Kyle was the best thing about High Stakes,and I think that says it all really. It’s not as bad as I remember it being,but still has some problems that make you think ” how on Earth did the format developers not sort that out?”

    Obviously now we have a format where another controversial Jeremy assists contestants with their questions.

  4. Brandon

    Of possible interest: there are several full episodes of Without Prejudice on the All 4 site.

  5. Clive Of Legend

    High Stakes worst crime is reminding me of ITV’s habit back then of giving shows good theme tunes and then all but covering them up with applause. What’s the point?

  6. Chris M. Dickson

    The BBC suggest that a committee will scrutinise the psychological support provided to participants ((of reality shows)) and ask who should be responsible for monitoring whether duty of care policies are being effectively applied.

    Do readers think this will have an impact on whether it will be less cost-effective for companies to make (reality and) game shows of such a high scale that they can be expected to potentially expose contestants to needing psychological support? Will there be any other knock-on effects to the shows we cover from this latest Kyle debacle?

    1. Brandon

      I think it would be a wake-up call for the broadcasters that are still trying to ride the wave of the “nasty TV” trend of 10- 15 years ago. The big obvious example, Big Brother, died last year and I can’t really think of anything else currently on where the contestants would need any of that kind of support anyway.
      I think most of the cruelest reality shows stopped a long time ago now,at least in the UK, so I don’t know how relevant it will be. Other countries do still seem to be stuck in the “Xtreme” phase of the early 2000s when it comes to this kind of thing,so I imagine a review of this sort of thing would have far more effect in America for example.

      God, I should be a politician, the amount of non-answering of your question I did there.

      1. Chris M. Dickson

        You say that, but The Hangover Games, at least, is portrayed as being predicated on dubious consent at best, and ITV2’s Summer Camp Mates promising a “big twist” ought to ring bells. I imagine something along the lines of, say, Cruel Summer, and that is surely something where aftercare considerations should be taken seriously.

    2. Brig Bother Post author

      I think gameshows, as with other light ent, are going to struggle massively in the streaming future. If it can’t feel must-watch and hit the ground running then they’re just not going to get watched and dulling the edges will make them increasingly difficult to pick up any sort of advertiser-friendly youth following in a genre that already has an issue with it – the afternoon quizzes do well, yes, but they also skew really old, the sorts who don’t really use Netflix.

      The young, as far as I know, are not watching Impossible en masse on iPlayer. Gameshows were a great bet twenty years ago when they were cheap, filled time and people watched them, but I suspect in an on demand culture they’re going to lose a lot of cache.

      Sad, but there we are.

  7. Chris M. Dickson

    Pairs compete to see whether their views of which of two pages of differently-presented Lorem Ipsum text match that of the audience: YOUR TYPEFACE OR MINE. #formatdoormat


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