As soon as one series ends - another is in the pipeline.
Hopefully, I can get a team together to apply but if you fancy having a go at the toughest TV quiz show in the UK (unless its on S4C or BBC Alba with no subtitles) then fill yer boots and apply here
Hope to see you on the show (very optimistic!!).
Had a lovely phone call the other day and did an audition for Countdown. Sadly, my knowledge of words and numbers let me down so didn't progress but won't stop me trying again in the future.
New Challenge Gameshow "Timeline" hosted by Brian "It's A Puppet" Conley are after contestants.
If you are feeling lucky, the application form is here - the advert was found on www.beonscreen.com
Sadly, I'm not eligible to appear due to my Breakaway appearance in October last year (anyone appearing on TV since September 2012 shouldn't apply).
Fill yer boots!!
Don't know if you are old enough to remember Winner Takes All - I vaguely recall what went on but anyway I digress from what is still currently a free app on the Apple App Store thingummyjig which reminds me of the TV programme.
Wits and Wagers Trivia Party in its purest sense is an educated guess at some obscure questions but you play with 3 other people and the Host although not live more on a +1 basis. I'll try and explain a bit more about what goes on (but usually fail miserably!!).
There are six questions in each quiz and then a "Final Round" and you are asked to answer a question. The Host always answers 1.
So each player and the Host has an answer so in total five answers to the question. How confident are you with your answer? If you aren't confident then you have the chance to place two chips (one worth 1 point and another worth 2 points) on other peoples answer to gain points to your total.
If you are closest to the answer without going over then you receive 1 point. But if you place your two chips on the answer as well then you get an additional 3 points. But your opponents could also place their chips on your answer and collect a maximum three points for the same question. It is an excellent game to play tactically especially if you have someone clever in the game who you see answering every question correctly because you can follow them to gain points. There is a slight twist to the gameplay because if you place chips on the host and the nearest answer is the host then you collect double points so a possible 6 points. You don't see the bets until after you have confirmed where you have placed your own chips.
There is an American slant to the questions which is good for building up gaps in general knowledge of American culture (maybe an app for The Beast to practice on before going on The Chase USA) but sometimes the odd European question comes up (When was the first Tour De France?) which means you can get 4 points straightaway.
So after 6 questions, the final round and this is the chance where you can place all of your points collated in the previous six questions on the answer or you can play it safe and not bet any additional points in the hope your opponents have gone all gung-ho and wasted all their points.
At the end, everyones score is totalled up and if you win, great and if not, then try again. It's free.
I really like this game and recommend you get it if you happen to have an Apple based product at home. Granny Smith would love it.
Currently, I have played 42 games winning 25 (59.5% win ratio), 9 2nd places (21.4%), 2 3rd places and 6 4th places over the past week or so - not bad going.
This week I had a phone audition for Brain of Britain - not sure if I will be selected for the programme but you never know. I am not going to publish some of the questions I remember in case they use the same set for everyone but needless to say, I know my stuff in some areas and have educated guesses in others.
Whether this will be good enough who knows especially when you get the top quizzers in Britain going in for it.
Time for another round of Wheel of Fortune Meets Only Connect - it's like 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown without Jimmy Carr's annoying laugh.
As always these are Wheel of Fortune puzzles but with Only Connect vowels removed.
What are the following puzzles?
What Are You Doing
Before And After
Fun & Games
Proper Names (very American)
On The Map
Answers are displayed below when you highlight the text underneath this line
Safe And Sound
Pulling Double Duty (??)
Live In Nanny Goat
Enchanting Ports Of Call
The Hatfields and McCoys (TV Mini-Series of 2012 with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton apparently)
Working The Room
I immediately thought that the show as in the wrong timeslot - this would work far better in an after 9pm type way with the guests and audience with a free bar (although not for Frank Skinner) and an unleashed Micky Flanagan. I fear that the editing team would have been working overtime to make sure it was fit for a pre watershed slot.
Gabby Logan as the host which shows her all round ability to not just being a sports presenter although if you remember The Vault, she does have previous in this genre. Good to see Jamelia on the show, we don't see enough of her on TV.
Anyway, two teams of "celebs" including someone from Eastenders battle it out over a number of rounds (hope they differ each week).
First round was a guess the UK location via a puzzle of random letters appearing and then if you get it right, you have the opportunity to place a rather large Yorkshire Pudding (surely not one from the Aunt Bessie's stable) on the map to where you think the place is. I do think the celebs must be chauffeured around the country as their geographical knowledge is woeful.
From early doors, the saving graces of the show is Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan - having listened to Frank regularly on Absolute Radio on drives to theme parks on Saturday mornings, its good to see that he hasn't lost his primetime touch. Micky bounces off Frank and comes in with a joke or two at the right moment to keep the programme
I did notice that continuity is a problem - doesn't help having a clock of "Big Ben" (yes, I know that's the name of the bell) going round behind Gabby - with the time jumping around all over the place.
Round 2 - Jamelia singing but was good to hear some classic TV theme tunes being played which the teams had to guess.
Round 3 - Called 'Great Britons' so assuming no Northern Irish celebrities will be used then (sorry Eamonn). It is a scary mashup of two British celebrities where they wouldn't be out of place on a Crimewatch photofit. Teams buzz in and give the names - fairly standard quiz stuff.
Round 4 - More music, guess the song and artist. Nice. Surprised it took the celebs so long to get it mind you. It was a hopeless addition making it a singalong. Cringeworthy is one way to describe it. And then Jamelia's points distribution just to give the show even less credibility. Even Frank was laughing at the incredulity of it all.
Round 5 - Party Game - Perhaps the most entertaining round, quiz questions interpersed with a self-destructing parcel. Things don't get more exciting than this (sorry Gregg, 10p is in the post). Get a question right and you pass the parcel on. The parcel starts to flash, smoke and tick. The best answer was Reg Varney was the first person to use a spoon in the 1960s. Of course, the answer was a cash machine. Remember that one for your future pub quizzes.
Round 6 - Music Link Round - 3 excerpts of songs and each has a link to a famous celebrity. The Who - My Generation, Arctic Monkeys - You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Motorhead - Ace of Spades. This gave the answer of Bruce Forsyth.
Round 7 - The Generation Game round - Frank and Micky reenacted a Brazilian Samba dance with the drumming et al. Points awarded by the expert on the night. With the headgear on, Frank reminded me of the life indicator from Knightmare.
Round 8 - The Wheel of Fortune - A guessable quiz question and if your team gets the best answer then you get to spin the wheel for more points with the twist at the end that there is a "lose everything" slot so the winner isn't determined until the very last spin.
An enjoyable programme to sit with the kids but will I want to watch it again? Only if there is nothing else on to watch which currently is very much the case.
Show Rating - 6/10
When Tipping Point first appeared on our screens back in July 2012, I really did not like the show but actually I have grown to like it. There is something mysterious about watching how those counters interact with each other. Ben Shephard is now an expert in how the machine works and imparts his knowledge to the contestants - whether this ultimately means that he subconsciously pushes or pulls back the contestant from going for the jackpot gamble is debatable.
Either way, another show I'd like to appear on in the future - roll on Series 4 (or there is always the celebrity version if they need a ZZ list person).
If you said YES to both (and if you said No to any of these, what's wrong with you) then wait no longer - I'm going to put on here Wheel Of Fortune questions in the style of the missing vowels round.
Can you guess them? I will post the answers in the comments box so no scrolling down now.
ON THE MAP
WHAT ARE YOU DOING
BEFORE AND AFTER
More information available on anyone interested in Pressure Pad applications.
Application forms need to be back 10 days before the audition date in your preferred city
Bristol - Friday 16th August
London - Saturday 17th and Tuesday 27th
Birmingham - Saturday 24th
Manchester - Sunday 25th
Leeds - Wednesday 28th
Glasgow - Thursday 29th
Mr Quiz Worthing