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    Hollyoaks

    Hollyoaks

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    Channel 4
    Hollyoaks is set in the fictional borough of Hollyoaks in Chester. The first episode was broadcast on 23rd October 1995. The show attracts an average of 3 million viewers per week. The series was devised by Phil Redmond, who also created GRANGE HILL and BROOKSIDE.

    Hollyoaks was orignally only on one night a week but, a second weekly episode began in 1996, a third followed in 1999, and a fourth was added in 2001. The series then went five nights a week in November 2003.

    Hollyoaks is aimed mainly at 16-30 year olds. Like Brookside, Hollyoaks tends to deal with current affairs and topics that matter. It also appeals itself to a present day audience by playing a wide range of recent music and well known Bands.

    As the UK's fourth biggest soap, Hollyoaks is known for breaking bounderies. its story lines include, self-harm, serial murder, explosions, car crash, adultery, fires, sexuality, suicide, street crime, gangsters, drinking, drugs, mental health (schizophrenia), domestic abuse (men and women), cults, deception, credit card fraud, incest, perjury, false imprisonment and rape (inc male rape).

    Hollyoaks is an award winning show winning 3 awards at the 2007 Briitsh Soap Awards. Including Sexiest Female, Best Comedy Performance and Villain of the Year. On Saturday 3rd May 2008, Hollyoaks won 6 awards at the British Soap Awards including, Best Actor/Actress, Best Exit, Sexiest Female, Best On-Screen Patnrship, Most Spectacular Scene. In 2010 Hollyoaks won Most Spectacular Scene at the 2010 British Soap Awards and in 2010, Emmett J. Scanlan (Brendan Brady) won Villain of the Year and Best Newcomer.

    On the 26th February 2007 Hollyoaks under went a major revamp, with a brand new opening title sequence, which highlight's the shows major aim to appeal to a more mature audience. The opening credits have since been updated on various occasions, when a character has left or when new characters have joined. With the most recent version debuting on Monday 13th September 2010, which included a major revamp with a whole new design and reworked opening theme. This has since seen some minor changes with characters being both removed and added.

    It was announced 21st May 2008, that as of Monday 2nd June 2008, Hollyoaks will air its episode in HD format.

    Hollyoaks is on weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4. And the first look episode airs weeknights at 7pm on E4 with, a catch-up edition of the previous days episode at 2.05pm on E4.

    Three omnibus editions air every week, on Saturdays at 1.25pm on E4, Sunday mornings on 'T4' Channel 4 at 8.45am, but the time does vary and, in the early hours on Monday morning at 3.15am on E4. Spin-Offs Hollyoaks: In The City Hollyoaks: Later Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Beforemoreless
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    Time Team

    Time Team

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    Archaeology for the masses. From what might be perceived as a 'stuffy' subject, Time Team has popularised the subject with its enthusiasm to uncover the secrets of Britain's rich and long history. From sites which pre-date the Pyramids, to the Second World War, Time Team will entertain you and enrich your historical knowledge of Britain.

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    Brookside

    Brookside

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    Channel 4 (ended 2003)
    The first episode was shown on Channel 4's opening night, November 2nd 1982 at 8pm. Initially screening twice weekly, it created hysteria in its opening months as bad-language and poor acting meant the series was panned by critics and viewers alike. However, after its first year, 'Brookside' became extremely popular and was Channel 4's top rated series for the rest of the 1980's. High points from the early years included the terrifying siege from 1985 in which 3 characters were held hostage in Number 7 by a crazed gunman. The following year, perennial favourite Sheila Grant (Sue Johnston) was sexually attacked and the writers of 'Brookside' sensitively handled the issue with admirable restraint. It was also during 1986 that 'Brookside's most long-running and popular character Jimmy Corkhill (Dean Sullivan) first appeared. It was at the turn of the 1990's that things started to change. A third episode was added to the schedule and to accommodate this extra air time, a new shopping parade was built and new characters and storylines tended to revolve more around Brookside Parade than good old Brookside Close. Perhaps 'Brookside's most remembered storyline came in 1993 with the arrival of the Jordache family. Mandy (Sandra Maitland), Beth (Anna Friel)and Rachel (Tiffany Chapman) were the victims of a hard-hitting domestic & sexual abuse storyline which climaxed with them murdering violent father Trevor (Brian Murray) and burying him under the patio! Here, 'Brookside' celebrated its highest ever audience figures of 8.5 million viewers. However, the need to shock and create sensational storylines is what ultimately killed 'Brookside'. 1996 saw the soap at its most contentious with the new, posh Simpson family. Viewers were subjected to incest as Brother and Sister Nat & Georgia jumped into bed together! And, with the re-appearance of Clair Sweeney as Lindsay Corkhill, the soap descended into gangsters, guns, murders and a good 3 years of explosions and carnage that wasn't all that well executed and viewers switched off in their droves. An attempt to take the show 'back to its roots' in 2002 completely backfired with the addition of the hideously mis-cast Gordon family. In 2002, just as the soap was celebrating its 20th Birthday (with yet another siege involving armed drug-dealers, culminating in a Police helicopter crashing on Brookside Parade!!), Channel 4 announced it was relegating its flagship soap to a 'graveyard' Saturday afternoon slot after viewing figures dropped to below 1 million. It was here 'Brookside' became unwatchable. During its final year, characters left with little or no explanation, storylines became repetitive and boring and it was literally only when Channel 4 then decided to screen the soap in a new 10.30pm late-night slot that things improved. The addition of vile drug-dealer Jack Michaelson (Paul Duckworth) saw 'Brookside' return to its hard-hitting core but it was just all too late... The axe fell and the remaining characters left one by one as an incinerator plant was due to be built on the demolished Brookside Close! We never did see the Close being flattened! After the demise of 'Brookside' a DVD was released wrapping up some open-ended storylines. It was called 'Unfinished Business'. BROADCAST HISTORY 1982 - Tuesday & Thursday 8pm-8.30pm Jan 1983 to Nov 1984 - Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Nov and Dec 1984 - Monday & Wednesday 8pm Jan 1985 to July 1988 - Monday & Tuesday 8pm Aug 1988 to July 1990 - Monday & Wednesday 8pm From July 1990, an extra episode was added screening: 1990-1994 - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8pm 1994-2001 - Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8pm 2001 - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8pm (NB Channel 4 moved 'Brookside' around the schedule from around 2001, sometimes screening 2 episodes back-to-back) 2002 - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8pm November 2002 - Saturdays 4pm-5.30pm September 2003 - Tuesdays 10.30pm-12.00 November 4th 2003 - Final episode. 2915 episodes altogether were made.moreless
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    Father Ted

    Father Ted

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Father Ted is an Irish comedy about 3 parish priests living on Craggy Island - a remote island, off the Irish west coast. The main four characters are Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlan) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and their housekeeper (who just can't stop making tea) Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn). Ted was put on the island as a punishment for going on holiday to Las Vegas with money intended for a sick child - of course..."The money was just resting in his account"!moreless
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    Countdown

    Countdown

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    Countdown is a game show adapted from the French format "Des Chiffres Et Des Lettres". The show was originally broadcast on British regional TV channel Yorkshire Television, at 6.30pm following the local news programme "Calendar" (1968), and was originally called "Calendar Countdown". The show works on a winner-stays-on basis, with contestants retiring after eight wins. The top eight players return at the end of the series to compete in a knockout phase with the top prize being the complete (20 volume) Oxford English Dictionary, worth around 6000 UKP. Champion-of-Champions competitions are also held about once every two years, seeing who is the best of the best.

    Richard Whiteley had been a presenter on "Calendar" from 1968 until 1995. "Countdown" shortly thereafter moved to Channel 4 upon that channel's launch. Originally, Carol Vorderman only presented the numbers rounds of the game - the letters rounds were presented in the early series by other hostesse's (Kathy Hytner, Beverley Isherwood and Linda Barratt have all had this role, Hytner the longest, due to budget-cutting, the other 2 were axed in 1983) After Kathy Hytner Left in 1987, Karen Loughlin took over until the end of 1988. Throughout 1989 before Carol became the sole hostess, Lucy Summers took the role of presenting the Letter Rounds. The show has had many on-screen adjudicators, of whom the longest-serving and best-known is Susie Dent (January 1992 to present).

    Sadly Richard Whiteley passed away after contracting pneumonia in October 2005, their was rumours that the next series (series 54) would be presented by a different guest presenter every week, although a good idea auditions for a new host were held (Richard Digance,Noel Edmonds and Paul Merton all have being rumoured to have auditioned), Sport-Presenter Des Lynam won the role, and presented from October 2005, until the travelling distance got too much for him. He has being quoted on saying, that he is a natural Sports presenter, and even though Carol kept him sane, he would rather go back into the area he is more familiar with.

    The Newest series to broadcast, is to be hosted by All-Round Entertainer, Des O'Connor who will be joined by Carol Vorderman and Susie Dent.moreless
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    Ian Hislop's School Rules

    Ian Hislop's School Rules

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    Ian Hislop's School Rules is a documentary series on the history of education in Britain, and combines recreations with archival footage. This series originally aired on BBC Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The executive producer is Claudia Milne, the producer is David Leafe and the director is John Brownlow. The series consists of three one-hour episodes with the episodes broadcast about a week apart. The first episode is "The Fourth R," which aired on September 6, 1997. This episode deals with the role of religion in British schools. The second episode is "Class Struggles," which aired on September 14, 1997. This episode deals with the progressive changes in British education during the 1930s. The third episode is "Raising Cain," which aired on September 21, 1997. This episode examines the changes in educational policy since the 1950s. The series is presented by Ian Hislop, a British broadcaster, journalist and writer. Hislop is a serious narrator on this series, but he is best known for his political satire as the editor of Private Eye magazine.moreless
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    Queer as Folk (UK)

    Queer as Folk (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) has got it all. He's rich, drop-dead gorgeous and always the centre of attention. He can be forgiven the arrogance because he's pretty close to perfection. His best mate Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) is funny, adorable and definitely a babe but, unlike his friend, has zero confidence in himself. Since time began, Vince has carried a torch for Stuart but his love remains firmly unrequited. They're both 29, hitting Canal Street every night, stalwarts of the scene but just starting to wonder where else their lives may be going. Then along comes Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam). Young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, he crowbars his way into their world and once he arrives, nothing is ever the same again.moreless
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    The funniest improvisational show to hit UK (and later on US) screens. The show features four contestants playing games, with suggestions sometimes taken from the studio audience. The games include: Scenes From a Hat, Party Quirks, Hoedown, and Let's Make A Date. Whose Line is it Anyway? began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 in 1987. It was moved to television a year later in 1988. Both shows were hosted by Clive Anderson. During the first season, the show featured one regular contestant (John Sessions) and three guest contestants. From the second season onward, the contestants rotated from episode to episode and have included Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Josie Lawrence, and Brad Sherwood, just to name a few. In 1998, episodes of the show were filmed in Hollywood to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. Episodes of the show were also filmed in New York in 1991 and 1992. Beginning in 1998, a US version of the show was made for the ABC Television Network. The original ran on Comedy Central for many years. On April 3, 2006, Whose Line returned to American television on BBC America. Whose Line is It Anyway? currently airs on BBC America in the US. It also airs on The Comedy Channel in Australia. Here is a list of some of the people who appeared on the radio show but never made it on the TV show: Lenny Henry Dawn French Nonny Williams Hugh Laurie Kate Robbins Colin Sell (music)moreless
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    Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Ultraviolet guide at TV.com. Ultraviolet charted the exploits of an investigative government unit, armed with the latest weaponry, whose aim is to track down and exterminate Code 5 infected subjects while attempting to work out their agenda. A policeman, Michael Colefield, is reluctantly drawn into the group after a confrontation with his 'turned' former best friend, Jack Beresford, when Michael, defending himself after being bitten, is forced to 'kill' Jack. Stylish, dark and often humourous, Ultraviolet delivered a blend of vampire myth with a modern slant. It is notable that the programme never once mentions the word vampire, instead referring to the antagonists as 'leeches' or a 'code 5 infection'. A pilot for a potential US series was made, a composite of all that was good in the 6 episodes of the British version, but no series was commissioned.moreless
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    The Big Breakfast

    The Big Breakfast

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    The Big Breakfast was a live magazine show, which aired on Channel 4. Since it's first show, it provided many of today's TV's stars with their big break; Chris Evans, Gaby Roslyn, and Johnny Vaughan all found greater fame since hosting the show. The show's greatest novelty was it's setting; a former terrace of 3 cottages in East London, once lived in by the lock keepers of the Old Ford Lock on the Lees Navigation Canal. The show was presented from the living room, with interviews by the fireplace, round the kitchen table, and on the bed in the boudoire. They even presented from a shed at the bottom of the garden. The show was set apart from others by it's wacky and colourful presentation, and was nominated for, and even won, along with it's presenters, several awards. The show was then axed by Channel 4 at the height of its popularity with the fans.moreless
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    Bremner, Bird and Fortune

    Bremner, Bird and Fortune

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    Rory Bremner, John Bird and John Fortune offer a feast of topical comedy amd impressions as they tackle satirical sideswipes at the high and mighty.

    TRANMISSION DETAILS: All on Channel 4

    Series 1 Sundays 9.00pm

    Series 2 Sundays 9.00pm

    Series 3 Sundays 9.00pm

    Series 4 Sundays 8.00pm

    Series 5 Sundays 8.00pm

    Series 6 Sundays 8.00pm

    Series 7 Sundays 8.00pm

    Series 8 Sundays 8.00pm

    Series 9 Saturdays 8.00pm

    BBAF'S Book: 'You are Here' has being on sale from the 28th of October 2004.

    BBAF'S CD: 'Long Johns Volume 4 (Soundtrack to BBAF) has being on sale from the 4th of October.
    Series 8 begins on 11th September 2005 and will be airing for 6 episodes.moreless
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    The Camomile Lawn

    The Camomile Lawn

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    Channel 4 (ended 1992)
    Welcome to The Camomile Lawn guide at TV.com. This British mini-series begins with a funeral in the 1980s, but the action is mostly set during the second world war. It follows the lives of Richard and Helena Cuthbertson and their nieces and nephews, and especially the complicated love lives of Polly and Calypso Cuthbertson. Based on a book by Mary Wesley and filmed in 1991-92, all four parts were released on DVD (UPC: 054961852093) in April, 2006.moreless
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    Boyz Unlimited

    Boyz Unlimited

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Before Matt Lucas and David Walliams made the amazing series "Little Britain" they teamed up to create this 6 episode series that spoofed the whole "boy band" phenomenon. They had all the cliche' parts. The talented fat kid who of course would never be allowed on stage. The cute one, the even more cute one and the still even more cute one to make sure they got the attention of every pre-teen girl on the planet.moreless
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    Underworld

    Underworld

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    British dramedy
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    True Stories

    True Stories

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    Channel 4
    True Stories is a British documentary series that has been airing since 1988. Some of the documentaries were commmissioned for the series, while others were independently made award-winners from around the world.moreless
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    Psychos

    Psychos

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Psychos was first broadcast on channel 4 in the UK between May and June 1999. The series was set in a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow. The Psychos in the title referred to the doctors and not the patients. The previews and publicity for the series were very positive and it was thought that the series would have a cult TV following and a second series was optioned. Then, those involved with the mentally ill began to complain about the title and the advertising campaign. A second series was cancelled, Channel 4 never repeated the series nor did they release it on video. Writer David Wolstencroft and John McKay both won Network Newcomer Behind The Screen Awards for Psychos in 1999 from The Royal Television Society. Fortunately the series was broadcast in other countries. In May 2000 it was nominated for a Bafta award. Actor Douglas Henshall won a Palmare at the Reims Television Festival 2000 for his portrayal of Dr Daniel Nash.moreless
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    Spaced

    Spaced

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    Channel 4 (ended 2001)
    Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zooms, dizzying montages, and inspired lighting effects (often paying homage to the Evil Dead movies). It's an affectionate fantasy on the life of the twenty-something that's uncomfortably close to the truth. The second series finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." If you loved Shaun Of The Dead you'll love this.moreless
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    Scrapheap Challenge

    Scrapheap Challenge

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    Before there was a Junkyard Wars in the States there was Scrapheap Challenge in the UK (Which gave birth to Junkyard Wars). Two teams of engineers give mechanical life to a pile of junk and go head to head over whose creation dominates.moreless
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    Cutting Edge

    Cutting Edge

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    Channel 4
    This documentary show delivers a number of stand alone shows that investigate different human interest stories froma cross the world.
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    The Crystal Maze

    The Crystal Maze

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    Channel 4 (ended 1995)
    Welcome to The Crystal Maze guide at TV Tome. This highly popular Channel 4 game show saw a team of six contestants (three male, three female) led around four time zones by the host Richard O'Brien, playing games and winning crystals as prizes. The Crystal Maze wasn't really a maze at all. It can be better described as: a circuit of four inter-connecting play areas or "time zones" with the crystal dome in the centre. The Zones Aztec: Based on Aztec culture. This zone had a sand covered floor and a totem pole in the middle. Medieval: A 15th century castle with a banquet table in the middle. Futuristic: A space station filled with electronics and neon lights. Industrial: A factory with dirty metal doors, disused oil barrels and security fences. Ocean: Replaced Industrial in series 4-6. A sunken ship called the SS Atlantis, which was based on the Titanic. The Games The team played three or four games in each zone. There were four types of games: Physical – Emphasis on being agile, strong and flexible. Mental – Basically, word-association and mathematical puzzles. Skill – Testing dexterity and marksmanship. Mystery – Anything at all! One nominated team member would enter a cell containing a game. The others would remain outside, shouting encouragement and giving suggestions. Completing a game correctly caused a contraption of some variety to release a time crystal. Each game lasted between 2 and 3 minutes. If a contestant failed to get out of the cell before the time ran out (whether they won the crystal or not), they would be locked in. They could be released but only if the other team members decided to sacrifice one of the already won crystals. This could be decided on the spot or during the game before it was time to go to the Crystal Dome. Sometimes, games were "automatic lock-ins". For example, a player would be locked in if any part of their body touched the floor. If the team captain gets locked in, then the vice captain takes over. If the vice captain gets locked in (and it did happen once or twice), a replacement captain is decided on the spot. Interesting Facts Each zone had a different timer for the games: Aztec: water timer. Futuristic: digital clock. Medieval: sand timer. Industrial/Ocean: oversized analogue/stop clock on the wall. The Crystal Dome Once all the zones had been visited, the team members (minus ones who had been locked in and had been decided not to be bought out), travelled to the Crystal Dome. Each of the crystals won during the game were converted into 5 seconds. The team members went in the dome and once time began, fans would blow hundreds of gold and silver tokens which the players had to collect and post through a "magical letterbox". Once time was up, they had to stop collecting the tokens. One gold token was worth 1 point and one silver token was worth minus 1 point. The result was decided by gold minus silver. If the total came to 100 or more gold, then the team won a grand holiday somewhere i.e. an activity holiday and a crystal as a memento. If the total was 50 or more gold, it was a not-so-grand-holiday i.e. a day trip and a crystal. This 50 or more gold was eliminated in later series. If you didn't win a prize, all you got was a crystal. Although the team members were adults, four children's specials were made, as 40% of the audience watching the show were 16 or less. These specials transmitted at Christmas, gave previews of what the games would be in the next series e.g. the 1991 special showed viewers what the 1992 series games would be like and the 1992 special introduced the Ocean zone for the 1993 series. Entering the Maze When a team started the game, they had to overcome an obstacle to enter their first zone. Aztec: row across the river in canoes. Industrial: climb over or open a metal gate. Medieval: raise a portcullis or go over it. Ocean: remove a metal grill and climb down a net ladder. Futuristic: answer a question set by the computer. Travelling from Zone-to-Zone When it was time to leave a zone and go to another, the team had to overcome an obstacle to get to the next zone. These were: Aztec to Ocean/Industrial: crawl through a tunnel. Ocean/Industrial to Medieval: go up a ladder, crawl through a hatch and go down stairs. Medieval to Futuristic: cross a log over a swamp. Futuristic to Aztec: go up in a lift and climb down a steep wall. After Series 4, Richard O'Brien left and Ed Tudor-Pole took over, but wasn't as well-received by the audience. He presented the show for two more series before Channel 4 and Chatsworth TV called it a day.moreless
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