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Fake game show

How do you solve a pogrom like Odessa? ITV1 attempts to arrest its decline by poaching Graham Norton to host auditions for  a new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton based on a faithful musical recreation of anti-semitic … Continue reading

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Gameshow # 1 reprise

I see that someone took the idea behind Cosh in the Attic too seriously.

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Fake gameshows number 17

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism As a final gift to his successor the head of ITV1 - the man in charge during the delights of Love Island, Bollywood in your driveway, Celebrity Wrestling, Celebrity Daredevil, Nigella’s talk show, Jeremy … Continue reading

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gameshows 16

Why can’t we all get along? Jeremy Kyle presents the race relations game show that replaced The Price is Right in a shock move for ITV1 Teams captained by Germaine Greer and Salman Rushdie make amusing comments on topical news … Continue reading

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Proposals for game shows – number 15

Now that’s what I call muzak After the demise of his chat show with Melanie Sykes Des O’Connor returned to ITV1 with this bastard offspring of Name That Tune which replaced some programme with Philip Schofield (Bollywood in your driveway … Continue reading

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Proposals for game shows number 14

A Round with Allis. Military hardware is loaded with a round of ammunition in order to shoot a fleeing portly Peter Allis at a number of golf courses around the country. Two teams compete to have the opportunity to fire … Continue reading

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Proposals for fake game shows number 13

Hannah Gordon’s Water Cooler Challenge Hannah Gordon – best known as the woman that killed Victor Medlrew - returs to our screens presenting this daytime Channel 4 show (the pre-Countdown slot).  Skulking in a nearby office and with CCTV she listens … Continue reading

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Man v Beast – our digital future

Digital television is great. The set-box box has brought us some fabulous entertainment. During the past month I have seen Peter Watkin’s Culloden on BBC4. Last year I saw Death on the Staircase, a wonderful documentary series on the US … Continue reading

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The rise and rise of Derek Batey

I grew up in south west Scotland nine miles from the border.  Our television coverage for many years was anglo-centric.  We had no BBC Scotland, and instead had regular updates from Newcastle. On ITV we had Border Television presided over … Continue reading

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When fake game shows attack number 2

Having suggested the other week inblue_condition‘s threads about unmade game show pilots a programme to be called Fifty Ways to Love your Lever, a one man project presented by Leslie Grantham, I now see that this has a natural home … Continue reading

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Proposals for fake game shows – number 11

Ant and Dec’s Poke Her Face An original proposal for the week long gameshow from Ant and Dec.  Tired by their media image as nice Geordie lads they suggested presenting a show where TV’s Anthea and Lowrie Turner together with  Vanesse Feltz were … Continue reading

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Proposals for fake game shows – number 10

Parlez vous Ronglais? in late 2003 at the height of Ron-mania, and in an attempt to maximise the investment in Champions League coverage ITV filmed a pilot of this hilarious panel game.  Darcus Howe presented two teams captained by Julian Fellowes and … Continue reading

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When fake game shows attack

Curse Martin Kelner.  I have enjoyed his columns in the Guardian, viewing him as the kindred spirit of Charlie Brooker – the patron saint of devotees of crap television.  I’ve even tolerated the man’s appearances on Radio Five Live’s Fighting talk, … Continue reading

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Proposals for game shows number 9

Seven Prides for seven Brothers Virginia McKenna and Simon King presented this show in summer 2007 with Catherine Tate featuring as the voice of Elsa.  As part of the BBC’s Big Cat Week and following the success of the reality … Continue reading

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Who the hell are these people? Real fake game shows number 1

ITV has revived Love Island this year without reference to celebrities.  This is fortunate as the majority of these people aren’t even household names in their own house.  I saw the name Leo and thought it might be singer Leo Sayer but … Continue reading

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Proposals for game shows number 8

Endemol’s  I Predict a Riot.  Made for Channel 4 but withheld by the regulatory bodies. Keith Chegwin presented.  He littered inflammatory leaflets while guest artist Marco Materazzi surreptitiously spread rumours about recent crimes in an inner city area with socio-economic … Continue reading

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Daytime gameshow proposals number 7

Deadenders BBC1 2007 (2 series of 30 episodes) Mike Reid presented this BBC 1 panel show in early 2007 featuring Wendy Richard’s first post Eastenders TV appearances. Wendy was the captain of one team; Peter Dean the captain of the … Continue reading

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Daytime gameshow proposals number 6

Poets win prizes Panel game. Mariella Frostrup (and if on maternity leave, Martha Kearney) presents a spin off from the late lamented Danny Baker hosted gameshow. There are two teams: each comprising two punters and two poets.  One team is captained … Continue reading

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