The Broom Cupboard, Masterteam, and The Two Ronnies

It’s always fun to have a look at what was on TV on this day thirty years ago. Perusing the listing on BBC Genome, I was drawn to the Angela Rippon quiz show Masterteam. It say in the slot that would soon be filled by Neighbours, and is not filled by Pointless, and was a team version of Mastermind, using a set reminiscent of Family Fortunes for some reason.

In this clip, a couple of things are worth noting. That’s Andy Crane’s voice, so he must have been in the Broom Cupboard that day. And there’s a question about the Special Patrol Group. This was also in the time when games carried over from one show to another, which seems odd now.

Here’s how Phillip Schofield introduced the show in 1985. But only after he robbed his boss’s office in order to show us a great toy car. This clip needs the tracking adjusted, but stick around till the end to see Jeremy Paxman looking too much like Chris Morris.

Later on in the evening, Les Dawson hosts Blankety Blank, before Twenty Years Of The Two Ronnies. They kept repackaging the show, so here’s a bit of it from 1989, where it was called 21 Years …

The trailers at the start of this clip are great – lovely to see long clips of shows. Not least Joint Account, which ran for two series, and was written by Don Webb.

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