Banging hard

By | November 12, 2021

So, we came across this the other night: what seems to be a full version of Chas ‘and’ Dave’s Crackerjack theme tune, apparently about 180bpm, has extra lyrics and bangs quite hard.

We’re trying to figure out the timeline in the BB Discord. It’s complicated by this video on TV Ark which is the Chas “&” Dave tune, but predating Chas n Dave, except the credits after suggest they did actually write it.

Does anyone know the story here?

Death From Above

By | November 11, 2021

Extremely excited to hear Alice in Borderland series two is “dropping” in December on Netflix, apparently. Edit: Thanks to Juner for pointing out – December *next year*. Sorry!

We really enjoyed the first series, and are not especially surprised if it saw an uptick after the success of Squid Game. Here too Arisu must take part in games to stay alive, the games are a bit more involved here.

Some of the games have entertaining Mole-like elements, but none of the “a-ha!” moments are as strong as something in Liar Game, for example (please buy up Liar Game Netflix, thanks). Still if you, like me, are a fan of This Sort Of Thing and you have the stomach for some exploding bodies then it’s well worth a watch.

What I thought of series one.

Seeing as the ending of the first series suggested a second series where the games will be more clever/extreme, I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Some consumer advice feat. a great joke

By | November 10, 2021

Might have done a video for this, but there’s really not very much to it.

For some reason they’ve gone with bingo as a kind of bonus reward system, which seems a bit silly given that’s the part of the format they’ve removed.

TV Show and Tell is now LIVE

By | November 9, 2021

How exciting. Hopefully it won’t take me too long to get through my current backlog to get round to it.

In other news, don’t forget to join the BB Discord for EXCLUSIVE formatty chit-chat and currently an extremely fun online board games club, which meets live every other Sunday (warning: liable to get a bit sweary) and plays turn-based stuff in between.

Finally, if you’ve got Call of Duty: Vanguard, why not join the Bother’s Bar clan? We won’t actually do anything, but you do get a lovely Boyard as an emblem. On XBox, press Y in a menu to access your “socials”.

My gaming contacts, if you want to add me:

Steam: Add me on Steam if you want.
XBox: We can be chums on XBox for high score fun if you’re that way inclined, where I am Brig Bother.
Playstation Network: I’m not currently on PSN, but if I come back BrigBother ought to do it, but this handy link should do it as well.
Switch: Code SW-2805-5403-1808

Show Discussion: Moneybags

By | November 7, 2021

Weekdays, C4,

With Channel 4 apparently declining to renew the much loved, if little actually watched, The Answer Trap, they’re making another bid for the 3pm timeslot with a show from Youngest Media, ex-Endemol people who helped devise The Million Pound Drop, Pointless et al. Frequently as annoying as Endemol were around the late 2000s, we do kind of miss the swagger that at least kept us engaged.

Certainly there’s little safe about this show – it’s the first time loose-ish cannon Craig Charles has hosted a quiz, there will £1m in play every week (which sounds like an emboldening of a point, but given all the players are there all week, doesn’t seem unfair) and it involves big physical props – a conveyor belt with lots of large bags going down it, each with answers the contestants may or may not want to grab. And a lovely minty green studio. It’ll probably be random-esque point shuffling nonsense, but in a world where nobody watches Channel 4 in the afternoons it’s nice to see an attempt at a bold statement. Of course, £1m in play each week is very different from £1m being given away each week, so it will be interesting to see how much actually gets won.

Interestingly, this first series will be up against the new series of Lingo, the first of which turned out to be surprisingly hot. Unsure what C4 will be hoping from this, at least as much as Countdown I expect.

Watched it? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Show Discussion: The Tournament

By | November 7, 2021

Weekdays, 2:15pm,

And so the BBC try out a new format in the apparently challenging post-Doctors slot, this one’s a quiz that’s been devised by the people behind QI and fronted by ex-football captain Alex Scott.

Despite its octagonal title card, our eight contestants will not be battling it out in mixed marshal arts, instead they will be taking on each other in quizzing duels based around a tug-of-war element. The last one standing could win a cash prize, but as yet I don’t actually know what that potential prize is. “Journalism!”

We know several people involved in divising it so we can appreciate the pedigree. We’re also digging the super-electronic set.

But is it an entertaining watch? Let us know in the comments.