Lucky Ladders screen grab (19 April 1991).

Crosswits, Coffee and Biscuits: Daytime on ITV, Late 1980s Style

Who remembers when morning daytime TV on ITV meant Crosswits instead of people at their wits end?

The 07 September 1987 was a seminal date in Independent Television’s history. Before then, all ITV franchisees from 9.25 am carried schools programming. Instead of The Jeremy Kyle Show or This Morning, viewers tuning into Granada or Central (other franchise holders were available) were treated to How We Used to Live, Middle English, or Stop, Look, Listen.

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On Reflection: The Joy of 3-2-1

A look at the bafflingly popular Yorkshire Television quiz show which ran for ten years

Before the 29 July 1978, Saturdays in front of the television meant World of Sport or Grandstand. Then a peek at the latest imported programme at teatime (something like The Man From Atlantis). Encroaching into the prime time slot, there was one inalienable truth for many viewers: the BBC had the best variety and light entertainment programmes. Continue reading “On Reflection: The Joy of 3-2-1”

Hidden Gems of Channel Five: 100%

They do exist! Such as this long forgotten quiz show

Channel 5. Or Five, or just the number five, was Britain’s last nationwide terrestrial channel to have started out on the 625-line PAL format. Launched on the 30 March 1997 with The Spice Girls and that oh-so-1990s phrase “gimme five”, it has established itself as the nation’s fifth channel. (Unless you’re Rupert Murdoch or Kelvin MacKenzie and think Sky One is more deserving of that tag).

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Forgotten Quiz Shows of the 20th Century: The Not So Perfect Ten

Appropriately, OUR starter for ten…

How on earth did I get into this quizzing lark? Over the last year, the creator of East of the M60 has been a key member of The Wheatsheaf’s quiz team. We finished runners-up in the Handicap Final to the Old Pack Horse “A” team and won the Second Section Title. Continue reading “Forgotten Quiz Shows of the 20th Century: The Not So Perfect Ten”

1980s Television Nightmares: #3 That’s My Dog

Yet they say, never work with children or animals…

Television South West, one of Britain’s shortest lived ITV franchisees, didn’t quite have the same commercial clout nor profile as the Big Five ITV contractors [Granada, Yorkshire, Thames, Central and London Weekend]. Locally, TSW was best known for Gus Honeybun, a glove puppet rabbit who accompanied continuity announcers whilst announcing younger viewers’ birthdays.

Nationwide, Television South West was synonymous with this production…

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Televisual Gems of the 1980s: Connections

Granada Television’s forgotten teatime quiz show

There hasn’t been a Televisual Gems of the 1980s post for a while on East of the M60. To commemorate ITV’s departure from Quay Street, our second entry came from Granadaland.

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Game Show Consolation Prizes: The Not So Perfect Ten

This month’s starter for ten

With the possible exception of Eggheads, Pointless, and The Chase, there are few quiz shows originating from the 21st century which offer contestants any of the following:

  • A solid intellectual challenge in their given subject area or wide ranging subject areas;
  • Gloriously crap consolation prizes;
  • Questions where multiple choice is the exception rather than the rule.

For the purpose of this month’s Not So Perfect Ten, I shall be focusing on the second point: Continue reading “Game Show Consolation Prizes: The Not So Perfect Ten”