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    World Series of Poker

    World Series of Poker

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    ESPN
    The World Series of Poker is the Super Bowl of poker. It consists of over 55 events and as of 2007 is broadcast on the ESPN cable network.
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    Family Fortunes

    Family Fortunes

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    ITV
    Family Fortunes is a game show where two families compete against each other to guess the highest rated answers in surveys. The family with the highest number of points can then play in the grand final and have the chance of winning a holiday or car. This British variation on the popular US game show 'Family Feud', Bob Monkhouse was the original host; Les Dennis was the more recent host.moreless
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    Big Break

    Big Break

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    Big Break is a British game show based around the game of snooker, it is presented by comedian Jim Davidson and former snooker player John Virgo. There are three contestants participating, each joined by a professional snooker player chosen at random. The contestant would answer the questions and the pro player would take care of the elements occurring on the snooker table.
    The following are the rounds in Big Break:

    Red Hot
    Each contestant starts with ten seconds on their clock, they are then given three questions, for each one they get right ten seconds is added to their clock. The snooker player then has to pot as many of the 10 red balls in the time won by the contestants. The lowest scoring team is eliminated.

    Virgo's Trick Shot
    The contestant eliminated in Red Hot is given the chance to win a consolation prize, they have to recreate a trick shot performed by John Virgo.

    Pocket Money
    The snooker player would play by traditional snooker rules for ninety seconds. For every ball they potted it would be worth money for their contestant, the values in pounds were ten times the points in snooker (so the reds are worth £10, the yellow is £20 and so on). If the player missed a ball the contestant would have to answer a question before play is resumed, the category of the question is determined by which ball is missed. The lowest scoring team is eliminated.

    Categories:
    • Red (Pot Luck)
    • Yellow (Past)
    • Green (Music)
    • Brown (Places)
    • Blue (People)
    • Pink (Sports)
    • Black (Screen)

    Make or Break?
    In the final it is down to the snooker player to eliminate all the balls from the table, playing by traditional snooker rules. For each colour they eliminate a prize is won for the contestant. To make things easier, the contestant is given the chance to eliminate up to five reds from the table by answering five questions, this will allow the player to reach the colours more quickly and win more prizes. There are ninety seconds for the contestant to answer the five questions and the player to eliminate the balls.moreless
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    Miss Universe

    Miss Universe

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    NBC
    Miss Universe is an annual beauty pageant broadcast by NBC and run by the Miss Universe Organization. In the contest, women from more than 80 countries contest for the crown and the title of Miss Universe, vying for the highest cumulative score in swimsuit, evening gown, and question-and-answer competitions. The overall winner receives a contract with the Miss Universe Organization, a chance to spread awareness of disease control, peace, and AIDS awareness across the globe, and the keys to an apartment in Trump Tower (Donald Trump owns the rights to the competition). The pageant aims to host a competition of women that are beautiful, yet are still intelligent, goal-oriented, and well-mannered. The contestants are usually chosen through national pageants in countries across the world, although some countries refuse to participate due to cost or local customs. Over the history of the Miss Universe pageant, the United States has taken the most titles (7), followed Venezuela (6), Puerto Rico (5), and Sweden (3).moreless
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    Junkyard Wars

    Junkyard Wars

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    TLC (ended 2004)
    This engineering challenge started off some years ago in the UK and has now made it over to TLC. In 2001 they filmed two seasons' worth of programs with a whole series of extreme Junkyard machines being built by teams of bikers, high-tech engineers, school teachers, and even hillbillies!moreless
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    Taxicab Confessions

    Taxicab Confessions

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    HBO
    This show is about some taxi drivers with cameras installed in their cabs, so they pick up their passengers and then they ask them about their, and then the passengers open up themselves...sometimes they open up too much.moreless
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    Student Bodies

    Student Bodies

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    (ended 2000)
    Student Bodies followed a group of students at Thomas A. Edison High School, who created their own student newspaper entitledStudent Bodies. Each episode blends the real-life happenings at school with cartoons of how Cody, who illustrates Student Bodies, humorously sees the events.

    BROADCASTING Student Bodies aired on YTV in Canada and on various networks in the US.

    The pilot episode aired on September 27, 1997.moreless
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    Win, Lose or Draw

    Win, Lose or Draw

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    ITV (ended 1998)
    Win, Lose or Draw is the ITV game show series which is the television version of the home favorite Pictionary. Two teams composed of two celebrities and one non-celeb go head-to-head in a battle of drawing and guessing prowess. The women take on the men to figure out who can get out their ideas on the sketch pad the fastest.moreless
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    Gladiators (1992)

    Gladiators (1992)

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    ITV (ended 2000)
    Gladiators is the U.K. series which ran from 1992 until 2000. Considered by some to be the greatest athletic competitionever on U.K. television, Gladiators was the spin-off of the widely popular American series American Gladiators. The series had their own unique events, as well as some from the original version, and boasted it's own line of toys, books, and game. Everyday men and women competed in heats against 'Gladiators' for enough points to push them through to the finals where they had the chance of winning up to £10,000. After the success of the newest version of American Gladiators in early 2008, a new Gladiators series is set to air May on Sky One.moreless
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    Shooting Stars

    Shooting Stars

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    BBC Two (ended 2011)
    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer ask two teams, captained by Jack Dee and Ulrika Jonsson, the silliest questions on the daftest panel show of them all.
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    My Kind of Music

    My Kind of Music

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    ITV (ended 2002)
    Also known as Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music, this music game show featured Michael Barrymore quiz members of the public in their attempts to win big with their musical knowledge. The show ran for five series before events in Barrymore's personal life left eight of the episodes from the final series unaired and the show was subsequently not renewed.moreless
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    Gladiators 2000

    Gladiators 2000

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    MGM
    Gladiators 2000 is a spin-off of the original long-running American Gladiators series, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Maria Sansone and following four child athletes who compete against each other in teams of two to conquer a series of intense physical challenges while also proving their smarts during several educational segments. This series began in 1994, while the original American Gladiators was still broadcasting new episodes, entertaining audiences across the country with intense competitions between amateur athletes and professional body builders like Nitro, Laser, Ice, Blaze, and Zap. In this series, the format is changed to feature younger contestants who work in cooperation with a Gladiator to work their way to the finish. While the format is different, several of the classic events are still used in this show, such as the Wall, Assault, and of course, the Eliminator. Gladiators 2000 is a fun and informative series about young student-athletes competing to prove not only their physical skills, but their mental ones, too.moreless
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    Interceptor

    Interceptor

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    ITV (ended 1990)
    British game show
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    Win Ben Stein's Money

    Win Ben Stein's Money

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    Comedy Central (ended 2003)
    Win Ben Stein's Money guide is an offbeat game show hosted by the actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein. It aired for six years on Comedy Central, winning four Day Time Emmy's (more info below) Reruns of the show air three times daily on Canada's Comedy Channel. Reruns also air on GSN everyday at 6PM and 6:30PM, and weekdays at 11:30PM (excluding Fridays). Win Ben Stein's Money won 6 Day Time Emmy awards and was nominated for 12. In 2004 it won "Outstanding Special Class Writing". In 2002 the show won "Outstanding Directing in a Game/Audience Participation Show". In 2000 the show won the Day Time Emmy again for "Outstanding Special Class Writing". Finally in 1999 the show won 3 awards, "Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show", "Outstanding Game Show Host", and "Outstanding Writing - Special Class"moreless
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    Bad Dog

    Bad Dog

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    FOX (ended 2002)
    Berkeley is a dog who tries to make every member happy at the same time, which results in making none of them happy. When he's good he's good, when he's bad, look out.moreless
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    Shopping Spree

    Shopping Spree

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    Black Family Channel (ended 1998)
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    Celebrity Squares

    Celebrity Squares

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Bob Monkhouse returned to his classic game show Celebrity Squares in 1993 with a revamped format. Each week two contestants play a giant game of Noughts and Crosses with a celebrity sitting in each of the nine spaces. The winning contestant after several rounds goes through to a final round and the chance to win one of five cars. The series came to an end in 1997 after four successful series. A pilot was later produced in 2003 by So Television for a revamp but was not picked up for a full series.moreless
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    Room 101

    Room 101

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    BBC
    If you had the chance to banish some of your worst nightmares to the depth of Room 101 what would they be and why? Frank Skinner presents this comical chat show asking guests to nominate their pet hates, he then chooses one to banish. Originally hosted by Nick Hancock then Paul Merson; they presented the show with a different format whereby one guest was on the show talking about a number of items they want to put in Room 101 and Hancock/Merson would decide if the item should go in. Under Skinner's reign three guests compete to get their items banished with Skinner deciding which goes in.moreless
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    Scrabble

    Scrabble

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    A six-letter word; it's where you go to read all about your favorite TV shows, including Scrabble. The age-old crossword game that everybody loved to play, but never quite like this, came to television in 1984 for a moderately successful six-year run. Here, contestants used punny and double-entendre clues to fill in words on a gameboard resembling the famous Scrabble game. The format for Scrabble (the TV series) was tweaked several times, but one format lasted longer than others, described below: Crossword Round Two Crossword Rounds were played per show, with two contestants competing at a time. The first game had the returning champion played a challenger, while two new contestants played in the second game. In each Crossword Round, a letter "to build on" is placed in the center "starred" space to begin the game, and host Woolery reads a clue, with the number of letters (five to nine) in the word. Example: A nine-letter word - Drunks hate to see pink ones; bargain shoppers hate white ones. Answer: ELEPHANTS.) A pool of tiles, each representing all the letters in the puzzle plus three stoppers (letters NOT in the puzzle) are placed in the rack between the players. The player chosen to go first draws two tiles from the rack and places them in an electronic reader. The player chooses one and, if the letter was in the word, it was placed in the proper spot (following effects denoting its "search" for the correct position). The player could guess the word or place the other tile in the reader; if he/she still could not guess, then they were allowed to draw two more tiles and play continued. That is, unless he/she chose one of the stoppers, which then passed control to the opponent. If all three stoppers are revealed before the word is guessed, a Speedword format is used, where each of the blanks (save for the last one) are filled in at the rate of one every half-second. The Speedword was also played if time was running short. At least one of the tiles in each word were colored (blue or pink), which provided bonuses for providing a correct answer immediately after filling it in. Those bonuses were $500 for the blue space and $1,000 for a pink space. A player also won the bonuses if he/she buzzed in and guessed immediately after the colored space was filled. After each word is guessed (or sometimes not, if neither player could provide a guess after all but one of the letters were shown), a new word was played, building off a letter in the previous word. The first player to correctly guess three words won $500 and advanced to the Scrabble Sprint Round. Scrabble Sprint Round Here, the winner of the first Crossword Round met the returning champion (or second-round winner, if the champion was defeated). The challenger is timed to the tenth of a second for how long it takes him to guess four words (again, five to nine letters, with shorter ones offered first) correctly. There were no stoppers in these words, and a player could choose from two possible letters in the word. All except the last letter were filled in, and a player offered a guess by hitting the plunger in front of him/her. Penalties were assessed for incorrect guesses (10 seconds) or failing to guess (5 seconds). The champion must then beat the challenger's time, playing the same four words. For either contestant, alternate words were played if they failed to guess or were incorrect. The winner earned $1,000 and advances to the Bonus Sprint Round. Bonus Sprint Round The Bonus Sprint Round was played exactly like the Scrabble Sprint Round, except the player had a fixed 10-second limit to guess two words (one six letters, the other seven). Guessing both words correctly won a jackpot that began at $5,000 and increased by $1,000 for each day it went unclaimed. The champion returns to the next show to face a new challenger. Several other formats were utilized during the run, briefly described thusly: * In the Crossword Round, two new players played. Regular tiles for each word were worth $25, blue ones $50 and pink ones $100, with the money added to a "pot." The winner of three words wins the value of the pot and advanced to the Scrabble Sprint Round to face the returning champion. Each Scrabble Sprint Round win was worth $1,500, with five wins amending his/her winnings to $20,000. A 10th win ammended the winnings to $40,000 and retired the player undefeated. * Later, before the longest-lived format was used, the "pot" was scrapped, and players won $500 and $1,000 bonuses for placing letters on blue and pink tiles. A flat $500 was paid to the Crossword Round winner. Scrabble was known for its highly imaginative clues and its extensive use of sound effects (14, according to several sources). That may have helped draw in viewers, but not so much as the fast-paced gameplay. Scrabble fared fairly well against The Price is Right, but eventually, the show surrendered in the ratings. In 1993, Scrabble returned once again, not in encore reruns (as was the case for Classic Concentration) but in a new, cheaper format. The game rules were the same, but smaller cash awards (a $1,000 base jackpot for Scrabble Sprint Round winners, plus extra money added for guessing words on pink and blue squares) turned off many viewers. It didn't help that demographics had changed and many NBC affiliates chose not to air Scrabble, instead opting for syndicated fare such as The Jerry Springer Show. After Scrabble's successor, Caesar's Challenge was cancelled in January 1994 due to failed ratings, NBC was out of the daytime game show business entirely. Scrabble is a registered trademark now licensed to Hasbro, but the original trademark holder - Selchow-Righter - was acknowledged on each show.moreless
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    Escape to River Cottage

    Escape to River Cottage

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Hugh has decided to quit the bustle of London and take on the life of a smallholder at River Cottage, a former gamekeeper's cottage in Dorset. The aim is self-sufficiency; to grow his own vegetables and raise his own animals for food.moreless
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