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A word on game shows

Today I got back from my grandparents’ house where I stayed for a few days. I did lots of exciting things but the highlight was discovering the weird world of game shows.

You see, there was a time where channels like CBBC would show programs which can be enjoyed by younger and older children, such as The Sarah Jane Adventures (which is one of the best spin offs of Doctor Who ever). But ever since the show stopped, CBBC turned into CBeebies and started showing shows purely for the younger children, leaving a mature 13-year-old like me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to resort to game shows. But, to my surprise, they are some of the most entertaining yet silly types of show ever.

So what is a game show? Typically a host (someone who I’ve never heard of) gets 2-4 celebrities (who I haven’t heard of) or 2-4 random people (who of course I won’t know) and have them fight (metaphorically) their way to a cash prize to either a charity or to themselves in either general knowledge questions. So what is so inherently fun about them?

Well, it’s partly because I know a lot of the answers. Sports, music and most of science I have no idea but geography, history and film, yeah, I know quite a bit. I also learned a few things about general knowledge from them.

Which leads me to my second point: it’s so fun when you know something and the person being questioned doesn’t know it. Then you can laugh when they get kicked off the show for getting an answer wrong. I know I shouldn’t but it’s hilarious.

I counted 47 rounds of applause in an hour-long game.

I counted 47 rounds of applause in an hour-long game.

But there’s one thing which intrigued me was what happened in Golden Balls TV Show. The aim of the game is to get people out and then work with your partner to get money hidden in balls. But here’s the thing… the audience keeps on clapping. I mean it. Every time a number higher than £950 was mentioned, their was a huge round of applause. I counted around 47 rounds of applause in an hour-long game. Seriously, it’s like in Blackadder III when Blackadder annoyed those two actors by saying Macbeth and they had to do a dance every time! Every time a high number was mentioned – clap clap clap clap clap!

What about you? Do you enjoy game shows?


About Ben Williams

I'm 16 years old. I like animals, lasagne, comic books, films, role-playing games and Doctor Who. I write cool stuff - Doctor Who, science fiction, film reviews, and quirks about Britain. I have a blue-tongued skink called Georgy and a cat called Billy.

4 responses »

  1. Graham Williams

    In general, I do not like game shows. The questions are fine, but the talking in between is really tedious. Yack, yack, yack – totally boring stuff spouted by nonentities who are trying to eke out their brief time on the box by trying to be witty but coming across as the sort of people who you would not want to sit next to at a dinner party – and the general public are even worse!

    I do have a tendency to shout at the television when somebody gets the simplest of questions wrong, but I am addicted to ‘Pointless’ because I learn something new every time I watch it, and the hosts deliver wonderful put-downs when contestants try to get clever.

  2. I also get frustrated at the filling-in chatter and attempts at jokes. I guess it is so they don’t get through too many questions and therefore prizes (or value of prizes). There seems to be an inverse relationship between the complexity of questions and value of prize. Pointless is also good because they give a bit of background to the answers

    My favourites are University Challenge and Mastermind, which are quizzes for the sake of knowledge rather than for the sake of popularity. I also like Brain of Britain on the radio. (And Round Britain Quiz (if that is still on), though I rarely work out the answers)

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