Audience stuff

By | September 3, 2019

The weekly trawl of the audience sites has bought up the following:

  • Buy It Now for Christmas, we liked Buy It Now with Brian Conley, C4 are bringing it back (as previously spotted by a reader) with TV’s hardest working man Rylan Clark-Neal and in a peak-time slot as well, apparently. Films 1st-3rd October in Manchester, Tickets SRO.
  • Number 1, quizzers who can be in the right place at the right time can win large amounts of money. Nothing to do with the Krishnan Guru-Murphy show of the same name. Films 24th September in Manchester, Tickets Lost in TV.

16 thoughts on “Audience stuff

    1. David B

      Ok, according to Wikipedia, the key thing about this anniversary special was that… all the questions had already previously come up in the 20 years that the show had been running!!! What a bizarre thing to do…

      1. David

        It’s not entirely new in the US- The 1980’s version of The Joker’s Wild had a category called “Stumpers” where each question had been asked on a previous show but had been answered incorrectly by both players. After hearing the question, the player could either ask for the two incorrect answers that had been given and then answer for normal value or try and answer it without any help for double value..

      2. Brandon

        I would absolutely win this if they try it in the UK for the 25th anniversary,as there are several episodes where I know every question.

    1. John R

      …except I liked Brian Conley!

      Rylan seems to have taken a leaf out of Ore Oduba’s book by deciding to suddenly accept the job for every TV show going

      1. Matt Clemson

        Do we know that Ready Steady Cook is lined up for BBC1? If so, I *think* that’s going to mean that Rylan’s going to have hosted game show or game show-adjacent content on a ridiculous spread of different channels in his career very quickly: BBC1 (RSC), BBC2 (Strictly: It Takes Two), ITV (Babushka), ITV2 (Supermarket Sweep), Ch4 (Buy It Now), Ch5 (Big Brother’s Bit On The Side), BBC4 (Eurovision), W (The Wave)

        He’s just missing Dave and I’d argue that he’s pretty much got every channel that produces original game content.

  1. David B

    What is it with wanting to convert successful shows into celebrity vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity? Add ‘Britain’s Brightest Family’ to the list.

  2. Des Elmes

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I really liked Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s Number One – but then I *was* only 13 at the time, and so thought that almost *every* game show was good. (I’ve spoken before about liking the Bong Game from daytime People Versus, which aired around the same time, and I also liked primetime People Versus when it aired the year before. Heck, I even liked Jim Davidson on the Generation Game…)

    Eighteen years later, and while some of my views regarding the game shows of my childhood have changed (JD really *was* shit compared to Brucie and Larry Grayson), I still think it’s a shame that Number One only lasted one series. Yes, it had its flaws, and yes, it was always going to be compared to the Weakest Link and come off second best. And it’s quite likely that it also came off second best in comparison to Fifteen-to-One, whose slot it occupied.

    But none of these mean it was a *bad* show. The game mechanics were certainly reasonable, and Krish was a pretty decent host given his lack of game show experience. (Compare with Kirsty Wark on A Question of Genius, to name another journalist – or George Lamb on The Bank Job, because, hey.)

    What I think *really* did it in, though, was the lengthy break primarily for Ashes coverage. The series began on 28 May 2001, with 31 episodes (of 46 commissioned) airing between then and 13 July – and then there were no episodes at all until 3 September, with old films being shown on most of the afternoons during this period when Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and the Waugh brothers weren’t wiping the floor with Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton and Phil Tufnell. Nearly two months away from the airwaves, through no fault of its own – but which was probably long enough for most viewers to have forgotten about it by the time it came back. And then only 15 episodes remained, and as soon as the last one had aired, William G returned. (My subscription sure came in handy here.)

    A certain R Osman served as one of Number One’s executive producers – while it may not be the most memorable show he’s ever worked on, I’m sure that, like me, he’s *never* forgotten about it… 😉

    1. Brandon

      Ihad it in my head that this was the immediate replacement of Fifteen to One but before Beat the Nation, but a quick Google shows you are right.


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