They should have called it YORKSHIRE Eggheads

By | September 28, 2021

Pondering if Metro have broken an embargo as nobody else seems to have reported it yet, but quiz giant (and The Chase question writer) Olav Bjortomt is apparently the new Egghead. It starts on Monday at 6:30pm on Five.

The article suggests it’s in the Radio Times, so perhaps not.

Happy 30th (yesterday) for Get Your Own Back!

By | September 27, 2021

Rather wonderfully, Chris (well worth a Youtube follow for this sort of thing) has uploaded the first ever episode of CBBC’s Get Your Own Back.

A few things of note, thirty years on:

  • I always really liked the Brain Box bit – good music, fun physical element, but it really needed to be either a) a bit longer or b) needed some other element as there’s not enough score variance in it really. This is less of an issue when the show stopped being eliminatory.
  • Has any other show used the “obvious correct answers beginning with a letter which yours cannot” mechanic, from the Gunk Dunk? I always thought this was a mechanic that’d work pretty well in a more comedy-based quiz and I don’t think I’ve seen it used anywhere.

I also highly recommend Jack’s Throwback Attack’s interview with Dave Benson-Philips.

King of the Hill Formats

By | September 25, 2021

If you’re on the Bother’s Bar Discord, we’ve a lively and fun boardgaming group (largely played though Board Game Arena) where currently we’ve got several games turn based games on the go (i.e. you can get an e-mail when it’s your turn but there’s otherwise little time pressure), and then currently every other Sunday night (including tomorrow) from about 8pm until 10:30ish people can turn up in the live voice chat and play games live. Those tend to be at the lighter, livelier, bluffier end.

Currently we’ve got a game of King of Tokyo on the go and I’m having a great time. It’s not a new game by any means but it’s the first time I’ve played it – basically roll dice to either score points or hurt other monsters – the monster currently in Tokyo can hurt all the other monsters outside simultaneously and earns points the longer they stay in Tokyo, but they take all the damage from all the other monsters outside Tokyo who don’t otherwise hurt each other. Every time they get damaged, they can yield to the damager. The winner is the first to a point value, or the last one left standing. There’s (only) a little bit more to it than that, but that’s the gist.

This feels like the sort of thing that ought to translate to a game show pretty well, albeit likely with questions rather than dice rolling, contestants vying for a rewarding privileged position whilst also increasing their risk whilst in that position. Has it happened?

Avanti Un Altro sort of has it, there was an 70s/80s US quiz called Jackpot but it wasn’t especially adversarial. Similarly there are shows where people compete to take on the current champion, like Tout Le Monde Veut Prendre Sa Place, but that’s not quite the same thing. Along those lines, here’s an unsold pilot called King Of The Hill.


By | September 22, 2021

Quite a lot to unpack here.

ITV have commissioned R¿dd?culous (i.e. Riddiculous) to be hosted by Good Morning Britain‘s Ranvir Singh and Henry Lewis from The Goes Wrong Show as the richardosman, where teams must answer questions to unlock riddles and win big cash prizes.

Some fab Boring Press Release Quotage in the press release, but top marks for deciding that its end game, Henry’s Riddle Run, is already ‘iconic’ – can’t remember the last time a show called one of its own elements iconic before it had even been made but I miss those days. If you’re reading from East Media, and you did it deliberately, do get in touch and collect your jackpot.

It’s due for weekday afternoons and sounds like it might be quite fun.

New host “thing”

By | September 21, 2021

Amusingly, Stephen Mulhern who normally does this is #hostpointingtoaquestioncoin in this picture.


Who will be the first #hostinitiatingtakeoffwhilstholdingaquestioncard?