Having had a look through next weeks issue of TV and Satellite Week (other tv listings magazines available free via my local County Council library scheme), there isn't much going on in TV quiz world.
Saturday sees the long awaited return of Stars In Their Eyes on ITV at 7pm within inspired choice of Harry Hill hosting. It is up against The Voice on BBC1 which returns with a new judge, Rita Ora who may have pulled in some extra viewers based on what she wore (or didn't) on The One Show earlier this week. Either way, one of them will be recorded to watch later.
If you are an early bird at the weekends then at 6am Saturday is the vastly underrated Cleverdicks on Sky Atlantic and on 6am Sunday is the marvellous Interceptor on Challenge.
Sunday 7pm on ITV has a potentially funny show with a Family Misfortunes show. A good chance that you will hear Turkey as an answer during the programme.
C4 has a repeat of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 10pm which will be worth watching for the comedy aspect rather than the potential of long words and great mental arithmetic.
Monday sees the big quiz hitters of University Challenge and Only Connect but at 10.40pm ITV you can see a part of Gameshow history as the first episode of The Cube is repeated. And on Watch, we see a new series of Masterchef New Zealand to feast the eyes with.
The only other series worthy of a mention is on Wednesday 8pm on TLC when the Aussie version of Beauty And The Geek is aired.
As I said not much happening but I do heartily recommend visiting www.bothersbar.co.uk on Saturday to follow their unique coverage of German show, Schlag Den Raab.
Enjoy your weekend and blog speed.
So what interesting quizzes and gameshows are on telly next week?!!
Pointless Celebrities has a FA Cup special (BBC1, Sat 3rd Jan - 6.05pm) so I wonder who will reach the third round and maybe get to the final. As long as it isn't Robbie Savage then I am happy, he did play six games for Brighton and Hove Albion back in the day. My betting is on a round where they draw balls out of a hat.
Well, Shane Richie proves his flexibility combining both acting, singing and game show host roles in the almost-new National Lottery show, Win Your Wish List. My first impressions of the show was that I was needing a bucket for the #PDAs on offer (that's public displays of affection for those not hip and trendy to know young-speak) but avoid that and it's not that bad a show. The key is speaking clearly so expect some teams with regional accents to appear soon to have you reaching for the subtitles button soon.
Earlier on Saturday, ITV fill their schedule with reruns of Ejector Seat (11.25am) and the wonderful (although would have been more wonderful had I appeared on it) The 21st Question with the lovely Gethin Jones at 12.25pm. Tipping Point fills the mid afternoon slot followed by the family friendly Big Star's Little Star hosted by Stephen Mulhern who is just finishing up his panto role in Crawley this year. I believe Beil Ruddock is one of the Big Stars on the show - hopefully he will have more clothes on then he had on in his recent appearances on A League Of Their Own. Take Me Out returns but I really don't consider it to be worthy of a mention.
Sunday 4th January sees nothing much of interest apart from the spectacular Fun House on Challenge. I so wanted to ride those go-karts!!
As most of the country goes back to work on Monday 5th January, the quiz schedules return to normal so expect to see your daily dose of Countdown, Deal Or No Deal, Tipping Point, The Chase, Pointless, Eggheads but of course, don't miss your weekly fix of University Challenge and Only Connect on BBC2 and the always moving show in the BBC1 schedule, A Question of Sport.
If you are lucky enough to have Sky on Demand/Showcase thing on your tellybox then available now is The Fanatics. Another Sky attempt to get a hit game show maybe (but a real shame Cleverdicks didn't make it as I liked the show). Maybe it's an attempt to be a longer version of Mastermind but who knows as the first show includes Doctor Who, Boxing and The London Underground. The first show is to be aired on Sky1 on Wednesday 7th January 8pm.
Finally a new show from the other side of the pond starts on History Channel (Sky 529), Friday 9th January at 9pm with a double bill. It is called Pawnography and features the staff of Pawn Stars in a game show format which I haven't watched or know about so no idea on how good it will be.
And as ever if that doesn't fill your thirst for knowledge there is Defectors on Challenge at 5am next Saturday 10th January to get your teeth into.
Have a great weekend!!
Watched the opening show of TOTT - I think KFC missed an opportunity to sponsor the programme. Not sure if they'd be allowed to anyway.
What struck me first and foremost was the quality of contestants and level of questions. If you wanted to compare it to The Chase then it certainly doesn't reach anywhere near the difficulty level of The Chase. One of the year options on a David Beckham question was 1988 which I think would mean that he would have had to have played for England at the age of 14.
As for the gameplay, it is not too bad. You could certainly ramp up the difficulty if there are higher quality players on the show and I think the 60 second quiz element to keep the twisters alive could benefit from having harder questions. Would people watch if they are able to keep all the twisters going or is the catch element of the show losing them. Or should they triple the twisters as if someone has won the race to six twisters twice then the people who have nothing seem to be at a large disadvantage in attempts to catch up. Indeed the last race to six seemed to be a complete non event as only one other contestant could catch Kate up. The player leading could deliberately select the lowest amounts to ensure that other players can't reach them so therefore makes that part of the show meaningless.
As for the host, Julia Bradbury - the verdict is undecided, can't really judge based on one show. Will have to watch a few more episodes to really give an opinion on it.
Will it be given another series? Could do if the format was tweaked a little bit to give everyone an opportunity to win or you could eliminate a player after each round using a general knowledge tiebreaker so in the last round you only have the players who have won money the opportunity to get more into their bank and leaves more chance of another player winning. If I can get over the question difficulty and contestant knowledge level, I could watch it regularly.
Show rating - 6/10
Mr Quiz Worthing