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    Pointless

    Pointless

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    Alexander Armstrong presents Pointless, a game show where, unlike the others, it is the lowest scoring teams who proceed into the subsequent rounds. Before an episodes is recorded 100 people are given questions which can have multiple answers (e.g: Name countries beginning with D), then the contestants answer and the points they receive is equal to how many of the 100 said it. So they need an aswer that few of the 100 gave, if none of the 100 said it the contestant gets 0 points (aka 'Pointless'). It was played by five teams of two in the first season and then four teams of two from the second season onwards. It originally aired on BBC-2 up to episode 135 and then BBC-1 from episode 136.

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    • Pointless: The Board Game
    • Pointless: The Travel Game
    • The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World (book)
    • The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World (book)moreless
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    Pointless Celebrities

    Pointless Celebrities

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    Pointless Celebrities is the BBC quiz hosted by Alexander Armstrong where celebrities go head-to-head in a general knowledge quiz where contestants try to think of answers that the public might not have. One hundred members of the public are surveyed and give as many answers as they please, and the object is to guess the most obscure ones, not the most popular. Whoever scores the lowest wins in this hilarious celebrity quiz.moreless
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    I'd Do Anything

    I'd Do Anything

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    Watch as a group of Nancy hopefuls and Oliver wannabes vie for these important roles in the famed West End musical Oliver in the tradition of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria and Any Dream Will Do. Comedian Graham Norton hosts.moreless
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    I Love My Country

    I Love My Country

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    Celebrity Mastermind

    Celebrity Mastermind

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    Celebrity Mastermind is a British quiz show presented by John Humphrys. The show is a spin off of the quiz show Mastermind. Contestants have to answer two minutes of questions of on a specialist subject and then two minutes of questions on a general knowledge. The winnings are donated to a charity of the winning celebrities choosing.moreless
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    Epic Win

    Epic Win

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    Comedian Alexander Armstrong hosts this Saturday night entertainment show, which showcases some of the weird and whacky talent members of the British public have. Their "talents" are judged by a panel which will put a secret cash value of up to £1000, making a total jackpot of £3000, to what they've done. The performer then has to guess how much they theoretically earned. If they over-estimate their worth, they walk away with nothing and exit through the "epic fail" door, if they estimate on or under their worth they get to keep their "epic win".moreless
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    Any Dream Will Do

    Any Dream Will Do

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    The famed Graham Norton joins Andrew Lloyd Webber in the search for the new leading cast of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Expect the same brand of success as How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?. Alongside finding the lead Joseph the show will also be looking for a School choir who will perform in the stage show.moreless
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    University Challenge

    University Challenge

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    Long-running quiz show based on the US format "College Bowl". Two teams of four students representing institutions of higher education, answer questions of a generally more difficult standard than most quiz shows. The original ITV incarnation started on a winner-stays-on system with teams retiring after three victories and the top-scorers returning for a knock-out phase at the end of the series, later changing to the straight knock-out system carried through to the BBC revival.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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    A Question of Sport

    A Question of Sport

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    Welcome to the A Question of Sport guide at TV.com. Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are the current team captains and every week two sports celebrities join each team. They are quizzed on all types of sports and their players. Sue Barker is the current presenter of the programme.moreless
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    101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

    101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

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    This is a general knowledge quiz show in the United Kingdom hosted by Steve Jones and Nemone Metaxas. The show involves contestants choosing answers from a list given by the host which contains just one wrong answer. The contestants who choose the wrong answers are ejected from the show in a variety of ways which culminate in the contestants being thrown into a large pool of water. If two or more contestants choose the same answer from the list, those contestants battle it out in a quick fire round. The loser of the quick fire round must then choose another answer from the original list. The winner of each episode wins £10,000.moreless
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    Fame Academy

    Fame Academy

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    Launching in 2002, Fame Academy was the BBC's first attempt at an ongoing reality TV show. Hosted by Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty, the show followed nine budding singer-songwriters, plus an extra contestant chosen by the public, who spent ten weeks in a camera-filled mansion. The students spent their time in the Academy in vocal coaching, dancing lessons, as expert tutors Carrie Grant, Kevin Adams and Pam Sheyne taught the pop wannabes all they needed to know about the world of showbiz. However, each week, the tutors picked three students who were not making the grade. These contestants then sang for survival live on BBC One, and the public were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The other contestants then decided who, out of the remaining two, should stay for another week, while for one unlucky contestant, life in the Academy was over. David Sneddon won Season One of Fame Academy, winning a £1 million record contract, a new car, a luxury flat, and a holiday in the Carribbean. 3.6 million people voted for him in the final, and he beat off competition from the other two finalists - Lemar Obika and Sinead Quinn. The show was expected to be a ratings success, as it was essentially a cross between Pop Idol and Big Brother, which had been past hits in the UK. However, Fame Academy was not the success that the BBC had hoped - however, despite not being able to reach the ratings heights of Pop Idol, over the weeks it built up a loyal audience and was labelled a success by the BBC. After the success of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy - a celebrity version of the show for Comic Relief - the BBC decided to bring the show back for a second series, with some changes. In the second series of the show, the probation system was scrapped - and instead, all of the contestants sang for survival each week. David Grant joined the show as a second vocal coach, Robin Gibb was an extra judge for the live shows, while songwriting teacher Pam Sheyne did not return, and the role of dancing tutor Kevin Adams was reduced. The reality TV element of the show was essentially axed - with highlight shows only airing on digital channel BBC Three - instead, Fame Academy aired on Saturday nights, for live episodes only. After each live show, the public were asked to vote for the contestant that they wanted to save. In the results show, the three contestants with the least votes from the public were left at the mercy of the judges, who were asked to save one contestant (Headteacher Richard Park had two votes). The contestants then voted on who they would like to save, and the remaining contestant had to leave the Academy. The second series also failed to reach the ratings that the BBC had hoped for, and received a lot of bad press for directly clashing with Pop Idol on Saturday nights. Perhaps the one aspect of the show that was reported on the most was the ongoing feud between presenter Patrick Kielty and Headteacher Richard Park. As Richard's criticisms of the contestants became increasingly harsh, Patrick decided that it was his responsibility to stick up for the Fame Academy wanabees. After Patrick undermined Richard one time too many, Richard told Patrick (and the television audience) that he was sick of his attitude, "So just you button it." The pair came to blows on a regular basis in the weeks following Richard's outburst. Alex Parks won Season Two of the show, narrowly beating runner-up Alistair Griffin, and Carolynne Good, who came third. There are currently no plans for a third series of Fame Academy, however a new series of the celebrity version will air next year.moreless
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    That's Showbusiness

    That's Showbusiness

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    Mike Smith presents the Radio to TV, Quiz show with Team Captains Gloria Hunniford and Kenny Everett.
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    Star Spell

    Star Spell

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    Star Spell is a British Broadcasting Corporation television quiz show presented by Eamonn Holmes. The weekly game show features well-known celebrities such as singer Berni Nolan, presenter Richard Whiteley and comedian Jo Brand who compete against each other in spelling related games. Celebrities must spell given words correctly otherwise they are immediately eliminated. Only one celebrity from each show can go forward to compete in the last competition where the winner gains the title Star Spell Champion.moreless
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    Don't Scare the Hare

    Don't Scare the Hare

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    This family game show, hosted by The Gadget Show's Jason Bradbury, pits two teams again one another in a series of physical and mental challenges. Set in an underground forest, the teams must try not to scare a 4ft animatronic robot hare (voiced by Sue Perkins). In the finale, £15,000 is up for grabs. Planned as the start of BBC One's Saturday night schedule, the series failed in the ratings and was put on hold after six episodes with the final three being shown five months later in a Saturday afternoon slot. Clips from the series can still be watched via the official BBC website and Youtube.moreless
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    The People's Book of Records

    The People's Book of Records

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    "The People's Book of Records" is the hilarious reality show that challenges people in unusual ways. This show gives everyday people the chance to break any record they wish in some of the strangest and most obscure challenges ever!moreless
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    That Puppet Game Show

    That Puppet Game Show

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    The Guess List

    The Guess List

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    A Question of Sport: Super Saturday

    A Question of Sport: Super Saturday

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