Thoughts and questions on Golden Balls – part 1

So Golden Balls (available via internet streaming for some viewers through here)

1.  In the introductory sequence when we meet the contestants, why does Jasper Carrott laugh at the unemployed in a manner not seen on television since the heyday of Jim Bowen on Bullseye?

2.  Is it the Birmingham accent or is Jasper’s catchphrase, “You’ve been de-balled”, said with just too much glee?

3.  Why is an Anthea Redfern type hostess required merely to hold goldeballs in the air before dropping them down a chute?  Can Jasper not manage that himself?

4.  Is this some celestial punishment for Jasper for making money from Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

5.  As

pointed out who would have imagined the prisoner’s dilemma would form the basis of an ITV gameshow which trounced The Weakest Link in the ratings (particularly after an unsuccessful variant of the dilemma with “Nasty” Nick Bateman known as Trust Me bombed on Channel 4 at the start of the century – like all bad television programmes I watched at least one episode of that one)?


6.  Is the title some bizarre means of hitching onto the Beckham obsession currently ruining evening viewing on ITV (although to be fair it does mean they’ve not broadcast any two part pyschological thrillers for a couple of weeks)?

7.  Does anyone else remember when gameshows (even on ITV) involved skill and judgment or the ability to solve bizarre cryptic puzzles posed by a man with flexible fingers or even the ability to answer simple general knowledge questions?  And when did all gameshows lose this replacing it completely with luck and/or deceit (no matter how dressed up in game or quantum theory the show may be)?  

Any answers gratefully received…

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