game shows
Apply to be on the new series of Only Connect

Apply to be on the new series of Only Connect

The BBC are taking applications for the new series of Only Connect. The popular BBC Four quiz, hosted by Victoria Coren returns in 2013!The quiz where, as in life itself, knowledge will only take you so far:patience and lateral thinking are also vital. It’s all about...

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Red or Black:Has it improved for 2012?

Red or Black:Has it improved for 2012?

If there’s one programme that I didn’t think would return it’s Red or Black? the Simon Cowell produced vehicle which was supposed to be must-see TV when it debuted last year. Due to a critical bashing, an over-complicated formula and the first winner of a prize of a...

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The Unwelcome return of a foe from last summer.

The Unwelcome return of a foe from last summer.

Last year Red or Black debuted to harsh words from critics and viewers alike. Billed as a TV event, the series was annoyingly placed over a five-night period. What viewers and critics (like myself) cottoned on to very quickly was the simple fact that the format, the...

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High Stakes: are you committed?

High Stakes, the newest game show kid on the block, starring unlikely host Jeremy Kyle, had its second outing tonight. We look at the format and ask how suitable Jezza is at guiding contestants through the game. How it works: Copyright: ITV Standing on a virtual...

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Red or Black? Why Should We Care??

A new game show format is always a difficult one. BBC1's recent attempts Scare the Hare and Epic Win have fallen flatter than a collapse at a pancake factory.  The last one I remember that worked was ITV1’s BAFTA winner and all round tension...

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Clever v Stupid, BBC3

We haven’t seen a quiz as cheap as this since we lived in Romania. And we’ve never seen a quiz as confused and contrived as this miasma of fetid porridge. The simple premise runs thus: a team of ‘clever’ people – doctors, literary experts, Latin scholars, biologists –...

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Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night, Channel 4

Did we like it? This was nowhere near as bad as it could have been. Moyles has the tendency to allow his horribly huge ego to obstruct proceedings. However, on this occasion we found him to be quite entertaining. The major problem with this show is its format which...

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The Colour Of Money, ITV1

The Colour Of Money, ITV1

Did we like it? It's a hit but while you will all be series linking it, we will never watch this again. We're above such gitzy, dumb entertainment. What was good about it? • Misanthropic pleasure may be gained from willing the "cash machines" to deprive the...

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Countdown, Channel 4

Countdown, Channel 4

Did we like it? We abandoned the ancient letters and numbers game when host Richard Whitely died (we sat out the Des Lynam and Des O'Connor years), but it was nice to be back. It's easy to see how the show is still a fixture of afternoon television. What was good...

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Total Wipeout, BBC1

Did we like it? BBC1 used to be quite good. The ratio of mindless programmes compared with intelligent shows was about 1:9. Now it's more like 6:4 – and this is the sort of trash, with its Dizzy Dummies, Topple Towers and gormless presentation, that has tipped the...

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Spin Star, ITV1

Did we like it? Another humdrum daytime quiz for people who need to put their feet up after cooking beans on toast and completing half a dozen clues on the Sun crossword. What was good about it? • Any programme that keeps Alan Titchmarsh off the air deserves some sort...

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Are You An Egghead, BBC2

Did we like it? As fans of the original Eggheads – the questions equate to our level of general knowledge – we did enjoy this, especially as the host was the smarmier but more genial Dermot Murnaghan rather than the priapic pomposity of Jeremy Vine. But 45 minutes is...

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Going for Gold, Five

Did we like it? John Suchet steps into Henry Kelly’s brogues in this LIVE Five revival of the old BBC daytime quiz. And if these early shows are anything to go by, the live format is a very bad move. With Suchet’s performance so wooden we thought a chair had been...

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Hole In The Wall, BBC1

Did we like it? If you're IQ is above 70 or your age is above seven, it is best that you avoid this half hour of childishness thrown together from polystyrene, water, lycra and sadly desperate "celebrities". What was good about it? • We're trying to think of a...

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Only Connect, BBC4

Did we like it? While it’s presented by the lovely Victoria Coren, don’t bother tuning in unless you have a degree from Oxford University in Senseless Trivia Useful to People Who Live in Chiswick and a Masters from Cambridge University in Stuff Only Posh People Care...

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Wogan’s Perfect Recall, Channel 4

Wogan’s Perfect Recall, Channel 4

Did we like it? Another mainstream, braindead daytime filler from the once-radical, once-watchable Channel 4. What was good about it? • If you love purple, the set is a sensation. What was bad about it? • The slow, unexciting format in which contestants answer 20...

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Step Up To The Plate, BBC1

Did we like it? A show that lends more indelible evidence that the rumour that TV programmes are concocted these days by drawing names of others out of a hat might not be so apocryphal after all – in this case the more predictable Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook/ Masterchef...

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Eating With the Enemy, BBC2

Did we like it? Four rather unattractive food critics try to be really scary – they're billed as the "fearsome foursome" – as they judge the efforts of amateur cooks. But they're not scary, just boring, and this culinary copy of the Dragons' Den format isn't going to...

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