Challenge Anneka

BBC (ended 1995)


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Challenge Anneka was produced by Mentom for the BBC and was shown on BBC1 on a Saturday Evening slot from 1989 to 1995. The format was first tried as a one of stunt for Children in Need in 1987. The basic idea of the show was that Anneka Rice would be challenge to complete a charitable project of some sort in a set period of time with no knowledge of the project beforehand. The catch was that she did not have any money to do these tasks but instead has to convince people to donate the materials that where needed for the challenge. These challenges featured locations both in England and abroad. During the Challenges Anneka would be based in a large Blue Mobile home and when travelling to companies to try and get them to donate items or expertise would use a small blue "4x4" buggy. She was also one of the first people to be seem regularly using a mobile phone, this she used to organise meetings with companies and other organisational purposes. You often also got to see her soundman Dave Chapman on screen as he would frequently help her out. Another frequent face was Pedro the dog. A lot of the fun in the show was as a lot of these types of programs seeing if they would complete the project in time. Occasionally they would not quite make their deadline that was typically 2 or 3 days but the people working on the project usually volunteered to stay on and complete it if this was the case. Some examples of the challenges Anneka received are that she was asked to build an orphanage in Kenya in 48 hours, where as in another episode they restored a historic pier in Swansea or to restore a Playbus for disadvantaged children. One reason the show was so interesting was the wide range of challenges Anneka faced. These challenges where usually started by Anneka looking out for someone in a particular area she had been tipped off about from a articulated lorry which was used when collecting items for the show. The challenge would normally be written on a piece of card often in someone possession. For example "this child has no where live and needs a place at an orphanage" with the back of the card having something like "you need to build the orphanage". This show won a "Bronze Rose of Montreux" in 1991 and was nominated for two BAFTA TV Awards in the same year in the categories of "Best Sound Supervisor" for Dave Chapman and "Best Video Cameraman" for Martin Hawkins.