It's A Knockout

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Channel Five (ended 1999)

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It's A Knockout

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It's a Knockout was a friday-night British television gameshow that ran through years 1966 to 1982, hosted and commented by Stuart Hall, David Vine and Eddie Waring. Basically, the show was about competitors dressed up with outfits, they were divided in teams and they were awarded with points when they showed their performance in the games. For example, team members would have to carry buckets full of water over greasy poles or rolling logs to fill up a receptacle. Also, they could choose to play a Joker and double their points. The show had spoofs all around the world. In 1967, European countries did a version of IAK under the French name Jeux Sans Frontieres. In 1987, IAK was back to life with It's a Royal Knockout, involving members of the British Royal Family, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and the Duques of York. In 1999, the show was revived again, by Channel 5. This series was introduced by Keith Chegwin. It lasted until 2001. An american version of this show in 1975 ran on ABC and it was called Almost Anything Goes. Sadly, it was replaced in 1976 by the show Saturday Night Live. Also, an Australian version of IAK ran on the Ten Network from 1985 to 1987. The teams were divided representing their countries: New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Queensland (QLD) and South Australia (SA). More than a 100 episodes of the show were hosted by Billy J. Smith and Fiona MacDonald, and some of their assistants included the dog Combat and Ellen and Shandell, and referees Mark Warren and Ricky May are also there.moreless
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  • Keith Chegwin

    Keith Chegwin

    Host of IAK 1999-2001

    Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie

    Host of IAK 1985

    Stuart Hall

    Stuart Hall

    Host of IAK 1966-1982

    Mark Warren

    Mark Warren

    referee of IAK 1986-1987

    Duke

    Duke

    Host of IAK 1987

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