Spare some change, mister? (2007)
After the success of ITV1’s first begging show, Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway, programme executives decided to take the next step. Hosted by Jeremy Kyle the disenfranchised, the dispossessed, the homeless, the jobless, and other disadvantaged members of society were encouraged to come before a panel of ITV1 celebrities (and special guests including Bono and Chris Martin) on their knees weeping, while begging for money to pay for their fuel bills, food, and other necessities. Those that could bring children to cry on television were particularly welcome. The panel comprising David Jason, Ant’n’Dec, Katie Derham, and Sherrie Hewson each sat with a pile of their ITV1 earnings in front of them which they would occasionally wave in the faces of the contestants – while rejecting their pleas.
In order to add an interactive phone in element (premium rate lines) TV’s Jeremy Kyle invited viewers to choose the least deserving contestant who was summarily executed at the end of episode in a revival for the golden shot. A bolt put in a crossbow would be directed and fired by Kyle on the order of a viewer at home.
The show was axed as the premium rate lines did not bring in sufficient money to pay the guest artists on the panel and after a controversial incident where Kyle, ignoring a viewer’s plea for clemency for the contestant, fired the bolt through the contestant’s forehead while shouting obscenities.