Did we like it?
No. This isn’t a manor to which we’ll become accustomed.
What was good about it?
• It’s not the worst of the lottery-linked game shows (Red Alert was worse)
• Contestant Dan Bone outranked X-Factor’s Shayne as the hottest guy on Saturday night TV this week
• Alan Deddicoat still does a fine job as the voice of the balls
What was bad about it?
• Host Mark Durden-Smith trying to hype things up despite being just about the only TV presenter with less charisma than Kate Thornton (and he’s fast becoming the chubbiest TV presenter apart from Eamonn Holmes). Other hosts could have had fun with the four family pairings competing to win a week in the manor – but Durden-Smith could only indulge in the sort of small talk one would employ before one has necked enough drinks at a dull party. His best “gag” was “It’s simple, just like me.”
• The three rounds of quizzery are all based on greed/luxury/extravagance – so that’s a bit tasteless. Round one called on contestants to decide which celeb was richer (Michael Owen beat Orlando Bloom but not Bob Geldof); round two demanded the contestants pick the most expensive from three items (amusingly, the Essex family thought the £185 chair was more valuable that one worth £85k); and round three featured a few tame questions on the rich, famous and jewellery (not knowing that Vera Wang makes dresses was the clincher).
• The set was lousy, featuring those podiums not seen outside daytime TV since the 1980s