10 Game Shows You May Have Forgotten About
Who didn’t love a Game Show? Get home from school, have your tea and settle down to attempt to answer all the questions and enjoy all the fun of the show!
The 1980’s and the 1990’s gave us some utter treats of fantastic Game Shows. I’ve really dug out some beauts of a game show from the old archives here! How many of these can you remember?
Paul Daniels, trying his hand at being a Quiz show host, which he did very successfully for three years, from 1994 to 1997. Paul was the host on the BBC1’s, thirty minutes long Quiz show.
Where correct answers would be rewarded with a golden star, and wrong answers, or ‘Wipeouts’ would get the blue and yellow ‘W’. The show was for all ages.
2) Fun House.
The superb game show, hosted by the man with a marvellous mullet himself, Pat Sharpe.
Fun House was usually on CITV on a Friday. To set your weekend off in style! It ran from 1989 to 1999. With eleven series, and one hundred and forty six episodes.
Pat Sharpe was aided by two cheerleaders, who supported a team each. Melanie the reds. Martina the yellows. There were two teams, each containing one boy and one girl.
The game started with Messy Games, followed by the Fun Kart Grand Prix, where the teams collected tokens for points.
Then the winning team entered every kids dream, the Fun House!! I’m sure every kid who has ever seen Fun House wishes it was them running around in there! Having a blast!
3) The Movie Game.
For all the film buffs, this gameshow was a excellent! It ran on BBC1 from 1988 to 1995. With eight series.
Series one to three was presented by the silver fox himself, Phillip Schofield.
Series four to six was presented by Johnathon Morris, and series seven and eight was presented by, John Barrowman.
The twenty five minute game show, started with three teams, of two players, answer questions on films. The team with the least points is eliminated, whilst the remaining two teams, go on to a board game style game. Depending on how many points won, the winning team got to go on to the final series, where a film related prize it up for grabs!
Like for example, meeting Steven Spielberg!
4) Finders Keepers.
This fun, action packed, game show, made you want to be in that house searching for the hidden clues yourself! So much fun! Fast and exciting!
The CITV game show ran from 1991 to 1996. Twenty minutes of joy, presented by, Neil Buchanan.
Two teams, of two, are given the opportunity to ‘raid the house’ and they search across eight rooms looking for hidden objects, with thirty seconds in each room, evert object found was awarded with points.
The team with the most points goes on to the ‘super search’. Where they search the house for eight objects, whilst answering questions, all within three minutes.
5) The Adventure Game.
What a blast from the past this one is! This show ran on BBC1 from 1980 to 1986, with four series, and presented by Patrick Dowling.
Two celebrities and a member of the public would travel, by Spaceship to the planet, Arg. Where their tasks would change and vary, it may be for example, to find a crystal which powers their Spaceship back to earth.
The show had been considered to be an influence for the Crystal Maze.
6) Mallett’s Mallet.
The show Wacaday was aired on the TVAMs school holiday slot, from 1985 to 1992. Shown from 8:50am to 9:25. With host, Timmy Mallett.
The show had competitions, stories, features.. And as the show declared, it was the, ‘show your telly was made for!’
In 1986, the legendary game of, Mallett’s Mallet was introduced. Didn’t we all just want one of those mallets?! The game was a word game, with two contestants, once started they were not allowed to pause, hesitate, or repeat words, or you got a bash on the head from the giant mallet! Ha ha!
7) We Are The Champions.
Wahoo! This sports show was done in the style of a traditional school sports day. With children competing in various athletics and swimming challenges.
It ran from 1973 to 1995, with a full series every year, until 1987, presented by, Ron Pickering. Then each year had a one off special, from 1988 to 1995. Gary Lineker took over the presenting role, after Ron Pickering’s death in 1991.
At the end of the episodes, with Ron Pickering, he would shout, “Away Y’ Go” and all the children would run and jump into the swimming pool as the end credits rolled.
8) Beat The Teacher.
This game show consisted of two contestants, a pupil and a teacher! Who were tested on general knowledge and logic puzzles.
The correct answers would win moves on the giant nought and crosses board.
This show ran from 1984 to 1988, with five series.
1984 series was presented by Howard Stableford. Then 1985 to 1985, Paul Jones. Finally from 1987 to 1988, Bruno Brookes took over the reigns as the presenter.
9) First Class.
Yes presented by Debbie Greenwood, Friday evenings, on BBC1, was this gem of a quiz show, First Class.
It ran from 1986 to 1988. With three series.
It was a multi format quiz show, as well as a videos game round. Featuring two teams of three students.
The winners won a computer for their school.
10) Chegger’s Plays Pop.
Keith Chegwin’s awesome game show aired on BBC1 from 1978 to 1986. With nine series, each episode was twenty five minutes long.
The show contained physical and mental challenges, and a pop quiz, for the two teams, the Reds and the Yellows. Each team had two children, who represented their school.
With studio performances from contemporary pop acts.
All done in the fun and unique style of Cheggers! Energetic, uplifting and a good time had by one and all!