Category: Panel Shows

  • John Lloyd’s Newsround
    John Lloyd’s Newsround

    Here’s an interesting curio. The pilot for Have I Got News For You, described by Paul Merton as ‘a disaster’, was called John Lloyd’s Newsround. As you can see, Lloyd was the host, but pretty much everything else was in place. This clip doesn’t feel that much different to me than the first series. The…

  • Room 101 Overseas
    Room 101 Overseas

    We’ve looked at all sorts of international versions of familiar British shows on this site, and it’s always fun to see something we know so well with a different look or in a different voice. But we rarely see the same thing with the same show itself. Room 101 has had a number of different…

  • Comedy Connections – Shooting Stars
    Comedy Connections – Shooting Stars

    Dear BBC, Why oh why oh why can’t you release a complete collection of Shooting Stars on DVD? Yours,Me Clearance and rights issues I expect. So, instead, here’s most, but not all, of the Comedy Connections episode about the show.

  • Taskmaster Overseas
    Taskmaster Overseas

    We’ve already had a brief look at the New Zealand version of Taskmaster. But there are many international versions of the show, including one made for Comedy Central in the US. As you can see, Alex Horne is still in attendance, here alongside Reggie Watts as the Taskmaster. In Belgium, it’s called Het Grootste Licht,…

  • The Bubble
    The Bubble

    Weird what shows stick with you, long after they appeared on TV briefly, and then vanished without a trace. Sometimes they’re ephemeral works of genius, sometimes they’re just terrible, and sometimes, they’re simply fine. There’s a place for perfectly good shows, and The Bubble probably deserved more of a run than a series of six…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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