Poker Face, ITV1

by | Jul 10, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Ant and Dec’s game show had its faults, but we did warm to the show and found the final quite exciting

What was good about it?

• The computer-generated title sequence was really exciting.

• The posh bloke bottled it in the final round, opting to take his money. If he’d have kept his nerve, he’d have beaten the mouthy housewife.

• The questions were a reasonable mix of the easy (where’s Hamlet set?) and the hard (what’s the collective noun for rhinos?)

• It’s nowhere near as dull of the TV phenomena of the year (that lousy show where people open red boxes while having to stand near that irksome bearded bloke who we thought had disappeared off our TV screens for ever)

What was bad about it?

• The flimsy format and the fact that the show failed to match its title. Obviously ITV was hoping to jump aboard the poker bandwagon, but the format had nothing really to do with the ability to retain a poker face. It was just a matter of who had the bottle to back their own ability.

• The only watchable part of the show were the 10-second segments at the end of each round when the contestants have a chance to “fold” – quitting the game, but keeping their winnings if they think they’ve been outscored by their rivals.

• The attempts to build up the tension were lame.

• The mini-chats with the loser in each round.

• Ant and Dec’s comedy never seemed natural – and without their greatest attribute, they’re nothing special.

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