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      01.07.2013 16:26
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      A great TV channel to fill an empty screen

      I have an occasional day off during the week and often find myself doing jobs around the house with the telly in the background. One of my favourite channels for this is Challenge. There are many reasons for this, but mainly as it represents TV as it used to be. It is currently available on Sky, Virgin, and most importantly for me channel 46 on Freeview.

      Challenge has a broad appeal as TV goes. Their website states:

      "Challenge remains the home of 'contest entertainment' bringing you all your favourite cult shows, world famous quiz formats, innovative new game shows and superb TNA IMPACT WRESTLING action. From original UK commissioned content to iconic classic shows from the past, there's something on Challenge for everyone."

      Although I would admit at this stage, if you are constantly on the lookout for the latest new trends, Challenge probably isn't for you. I, on the other hand, make my living thinking about the past. As a result I enjoy watching TV from the last few decades for entertainment, nostalgia, and to look at how things have changed even over the last couple of decades. For example, I spent part of my morning enjoying classic Dale Winton episode's of Supermarket Sweep. The prices of the products are unbelievably cheap, and it's amazing that people think it is ok to reintroduce some of those hairstyles into the twenty-first century. One particularly cringeworthy moment was when Dale introduced a contest who 'liked rich men'. He followed up by asking her why she liked money to which she essentially responded 'I like to buy things'. That was the end of our insight into that particular contestant, pretty much for the whole show. Evidence of a symptom of the early nineties consumerism taking a firm hold on every day society right before our eyes? And don't get me started on the perm and glasses combos!

      Other classic offerings include Catchphrase, Family Fortunes and Bullseye. I love a good episode of Les Dennis trying not to look in despair at the really bad contestants who think a leek is a popular fruit or other such ridiculous answer. And who doesn't love Mr Chips? Well, me actually, when it's the series presented by Nick Weir who I can only describe as a cross between Michael Barrymore and Shane Richie - and not in a good way. But, if it's a classic Roy Walker moment, harmony with the universe is restored. They also have more recent shows such as the brilliant Pointless, all new Blockbusters presented by Simon Mayo, and Deal or no Deal.

      In the vein of classics, I feel I should take time to highlight the latest arrivals to Challenge. As some of you may be aware, CITV celebrated its 30th birthday earlier this year, and filled the airwaves with a weekend full of glorious television from the childhoods of many. Two of these programmes appear to have been noticed by the powers that be at Challenge, and now, on Friday nights (well currently anyway) if, like me, you are sad enough to be home, then you too can watch Fun House followed by Knightmare! For some of you, you're probably wishing you hadn't read on, but to me that is pretty exciting. There's nothing like watching a classic mullet era Pat Sharp, with two blond bouncy twins jumping down at everything he says whilst kids run round in front of him getting dunked in goo, driving go-karts, and collecting prizes. And as for Knightmare - well, firstly the graphics are worth a watch just to see how far modern technology has come in just a couple of decades. It is basically a CGI gameshow where one contest was in a computer-generated castle. He wore a helmet and had limited vision, and had to be guided through a series of quests, challenges and enemies by the rest of the team who sit watching the whole thing on TV screens with the Dungeonmaster. They then shout instructions to the sole dungeoneer who generally has to move, pick things up or solve riddles. It's amazing to believe it used to be slightly sinister and magical when you now watch back. Some of the contestants are absolutely rubbish. The last one we watched was clearly the end of a series so the contestants were basically allowed to slowly limp right the way to the end - only to find they had left behind their horn so couldn't blow down the walls of Jericho... Schoolboy error on their part, literally.

      As well as the gameshows, Challenge also host a variety of crazy sports and sporting activities. My personal favourite is UK's Strongest Man. This disappeared from TV for a while, well on freeview anyway, as Channel 5 chose to focus more on the Giants Live qualifying tournaments for the World's Strongest Man. I got to watch them film one in Headingley Stadium last year - it was incredible! Challenge have now picked up the rights for the most recent couple of years of the UK competition, so you get to watch familiar faces like Ed Hall strut their stuff. They also have the Krypton Factor, TNA Impact wrestling, and the awesome Ninja Warrior.

      There are a lot of other shows on the channel, not all to my taste, but I couldn't possibly fit all of them into the one review so I will stop trying. Overall, I really like having Challenge as an option on my Freeview box - it provides light hearted entertainment and a great opportunity for nostalgia. If you only give it a try for one hour, make it 10 pm on a Friday - Fun House and Knightmare, who could resist?

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        27.03.2011 01:24
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        Channel 46 - now!

        I had known about the existence of Challenge for a long time, ever since it had that square red logo. However my lack of cable or Sky subscription meant I could never watch it. I got a pleasant surprise in March when I suddenly found Challenge sitting at number 46! Sky has had a shakeup of their channels and have bought a group of channels owned by Virgin, including Bravo, Channel One and indeed Challenge. Sky are shaking these channels up too and have gotten rid of Channel One and are starting to move a few of the programmes over to Challenge. Challenge was then given the Freeview slot that Channel One occupied, increasing it's audience hugely.

        It's similar to a shopping channel in that you can easily leave it on all day, but you can miss it for any amount of time and can simply tune back in at will. This is because it simply shows non-stop repeats of old family entertainment - namely very old quiz shows. Recently, new episodes of TNA Wrestling have snuck onto the line up. Challenge favourites include Family Fortunes, Catchphrase, Supermarket Sweep, Wheel of Fortune, The Crystal Maze and Ninja Warrior, all of which I can happily watch whenever I'm stuck for viewing. Since the channel came to Freeview it has maintained the same weekday line up, with only the weekend line up being different - usually consisting of repeats of programmes shown during the week.

        Although it's not enough to put me off, Sky are completely destroying Challenge with their blatant and excessive attempts to get you to sign up with them. My wife likened Challenge to a 24-hour advert channel for Sky with quizzes in between! Every ad-break in the programmes will usually advertise 3 or 4 programmes only available on paid for Sky channels, then the usual adverts. Only recently since the TNA wrestling started have they actually promoted other programmes on Challenge. Even worse, between programmes they often show adverts that last nearly 5 minutes, a box office programme which is a disguised advert for Sky Box Office, to compilation clips of programmes like Got to Dance conveniently only available on Sky1. It's ridiculous at times. So, if anyone from Sky is reading this, I'd like to make it known that I will NOT be signing up with you!

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        09.09.2009 08:55

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        This channel is essential viewing!

        They just don't make quiz shows like they use to, with the surge in reality television, the traditional game shows we all loved to watch have most definetly declined.

        Challenge TV available on satellite & cable however allows you to relive the best of the gameshow era by reshowing these on the 24 hours entertainment channel. Although the channel does show mostly old gameshows from the past, there are a few original shows on it too. These include imports from the far east such as Takish's Castle & Ninja Warrier, as well as new versions of classic shows such as Bullseye.

        However the best thing about this channel is definetly its selection of classics from The Prize Is Right, Supermarket Sweep & The Crystal Maze to Wipeout, Strike It Rich & 321. Recently they also started showing the classic Fun House, which brought all the memories back from my childhood.

        They rotate what they show quite often and introduce new classic shows to their lineup regularly, keeping it fresh & non-repetitive.

        If there's not anything good on the other channels, Challenge and it's timeshift channel Challenge+1 will always have something entertaining on, so sit back & enjoy the gameshow goodness.

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        01.08.2009 20:39

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        Watch if you really want to feel British..

        This channel has its own +1 channel which is great if you miss the first show you can watch the +1 show. Challenge is all about Britian and what is great about Britian, the TV shows such as Family fortunes and others such as 1 vs 100 which is a great show to watch.

        The big problem with this channel is that all the programmes are old and you may have seen then before which is not in any case good. Mainly the programmes are really classical such as Family Fortunes which goes back to when Les Dennis was presenting the show.

        The quality: the channel also doesn't have that good quality about it because the pictures are really old school and don't seem to really be up to modern standards. Plus the current programmes up are old fashioned and have the same quality picture as they did back in the olden day.

        This is a brilliant channel to watch if you want to feel the ways of British TV.

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        31.05.2009 02:03
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        Overall a great channel and one of the best entertainment channels around

        I think this has to be one of my favourtie channels on Sky because they show all the old school quiz and entertainment shows which you just don't see on TV anymore.

        The programmes tend to be all repeats with the occasional new show but no one seems to care as these old programmes are brilliant and much more entertaining than anything on TV at the moment.

        The programmes they seem to show a lot are programmes such as the Crystal Maze, Catchphrase, and Takeshi's Castle.

        My favourite programme on this channel is the Crystal Maze because it requires people do complete different challenges in order to collect crystals. The crystals give them time in the dome at the end where they must collect the tickets. I like it because I like to see them competing for the crystals so that they can do well at the end. There are lots of great shows on challenge such as this one and I really hope it continues as there aren't many channels like this around.

        Overall I think this channel is brilliant because it offers high quality entertainment for everyone to enjoy. It is also a great channel for the family as some of the programmes are funny such as Takeshi's channel. If you're ever feeling down I would highly reccomend this channel because it will definitely cheer you up.

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          Not a challenge to watch!

          Do you remember quiz shows back in the day, when you could sit down to a bit of Supermarket Sweep with Dale Winton or maybe a bit of flight simulation on Krypton Factor, well thats just what you get on Challenge TV, its like been in a time warp...with 90's fashion.

          My favourite programme has to be the legendy Crystal Maze with Richard O'Brian. Four Zones, lots of crystals and various contestants in coloured jumpsuits. Then, they all jump in a huge crystal shaped dome and run around after gold tin foil...now that is what I call televison entertainment.

          Then we have Supermarket Sweep with the ever orange Mr Winton. The most amusing part of the show has to be the contestants, who tend to end every sentence with Dale. "Whats your inflatable bonus worth?" "£100 Dale!". You really have to get excited about the inflatable bonuses, in various shapes from jukeboxes to cakes. But for me this show really does show a childhood dream of myn, running around a supermarket and chucking anything in your trolley, Bliss.

          On the other hand, we have The Eggheads a rather annoying BBC creation with a selection of big heads from various other quiz shows, who take on a group of nobodies. Obviously the eggheads always win and therefore the whole show seems a bit pointless....but I did learn that Mensa actually means table...interesting.

          And at the very bottom of the pile, is Takeishi's castle...which is a chinese version of its a knockout. With an english commentator, who really does not know which day of the week it is let alone what is going on in the game. To sum up this show in one word...MAD!

          Overall, Challenge Tv is a fun trip through a time warp but avoid those shows that you have never heard of before turning on the channel...they are usually just plain bad. But enjoy the rather insane hairstyles and outfits too..very retro. Go on tune in...you know you want to.

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            • "Anneka Rice's bum"

            We’ve had Sky TV for a couple of months now, and although there is a plethora of hundreds of different channels, I don’t know about you, but I find that there are only enough hours in the day to watch a few channels regularly. My 3 year old is addicted to the Cbeebies channel, and my wife usually has UK Gold on, in fact, she’s currently watching re-runs of “Upstairs Downstairs”, which have been being shown on the Hallmark channel at 8 a.m. weekdays. However, being a bear of very little brain, I like to watch TV programmes which don’t require a lot of thinking – this is why Challenge TV is such a great channel for me. I’m sure if Bob Monkhouse had to choose his favourite channel, it would be this one, too. Basically, it’s a channel devoted to quiz shows, 24 hours a day. To give you an indication, here’s a timetable for a typical day: 6.00 3-2-1 7.00 Gladiators 8.00 Under Pressure 9.00 Interceptor 10.00 Winner Takes All 10.30 Celebrity Squares 11.00 Beadle’s About 11.10 Blankety Blank 12.00 Family Fortunes 1.0 Strike It Rich 1.30 Beadle’s About 2.00 Crystal Maze 3.00 Global E-Missions 3.30 Who Dares Wins 4.00 Gladiators 5.00 Under Pressure 6.00 Family Fortunes 6.30 Blankety Blank 7.00 Strike It Rich 8.00 Crystal Maze 9.00 Stars in Their Eyes etc, etc, etc! The problem is with this channel, is that you definitely need to look beforehand when the decent quizzes are going to be on, as there is an awful lot of pathetic quizzes. One such quiz (not on the timetable above) is “TV Scrabble.” Now, we all like playing the odd game of Scrabble at Christmas, or when you’ve had a few drinks, trying to make as many rude words as possible with your girlfriend, but a TV quiz?? No, not really. What makes this programme twice as worse is that it is presented by Toby Ansti
            s of Children’s BBC fame. Need I say more? Just one thing – you would have thought that the contestants have never even played Scrabble before, as they are completely useless. Richard Whiteley, here we come. However, some of the quizzes bring back such incredible nostalgic memories, it really is worth tuning in. Occasionally, old episodes of “Treasure Hunt” are shown, worth watching for shots of Anneka Rice’s bum getting lost in the streets of Norwich (or something.) Also, marvel at the pace of technology in the spin-off series “Interceptor”, hosted by the 80’s answer to Ulrika Johnson, Annabel Croft. This programme involved 2 gullible contestants who failed their Geography “O”-Level to run round Yorkshire, (or other such county), one with a suitcase with £1000 strapped to their back, and the other with an empty suitcase, trying to find each other’s key. In the meantime, a mean-looking bloke in a black helicopter shouting “cackle, cackle” swoops down, virtually knocking their head off, trying to “zap” their suitcases shut with a highly advanced lazer beam. Cue “false” screams from Annabel…. Another great quiz shown on this channel is “Bullseye.” (Nothing in this game for two in a bed, Nothing like a bit of Bully on a Sunday…etc.) Laugh at Jim Bowen’s attempt at presenting prime-time telly, and chortle at the contestants vain attempt to win a speedboat. “You managed to score 4 with 3 darts, you need 97 with 3 darts to win the star prize..” Clunk – missed Clunk – treble 1 Clunk – 1 Neeeeee-ooooooooo-wwwwwwwww-mmmmmmmmm “Let’s look at what you could have won….” Another brilliant trip down Nostalgia Avenue brings us to Noel Edmond’s Telly Addicts. Now, the questions are often quite challenging, and the rounds are quite enjoya
            ble. However, the examples of eighties fashion on this show are just unbelievable. It is so hard to believe that women actually used to wear these clothes! Not just that, the plastic dangly earings and huge “Su Pollard” specs. In fact, I am often laughing so much at the fashion that I keep missing the questions! Crystal Maze is another great programme on this channel, and truly laugh a minute. Richard O’Brien baffles the contestants so much that they forget what they actually came for in the first place. More recent shows feature Edward Tudor-Pole who is just far to eccentric to be allowed anywhere near a TV camera. The programmes are linked together by a dizzy blonde presenter, who looks as though she has been stuck in a cupboard in front of one of those blue screens. In fact, she probably has. She makes a very feeble attempt at introducing the programmes, and reading various very “sad” e-mails that have been sent in by saddos like me who haven’t got anything else better to do!

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              {I have put this in Challenge TV section as this is where The Crystal Maze is currently being shown. I have requested its own section in Game Shows, and I will have it moved when it appears. Thanks.} Since writing an opinion about how to appear on a gameshow, I have had a few requests to write another one regarding the experience of being on one of the shows that I have actually competed in. So here it is. ~~~THE CRYSTAL MAZE~~~ Arrived at Harlow in Essex by train in the late afternoon and got a taxi from the station to the hotel. After getting checked in and dressed for dinner, I went down to the dining room where... and let me stop there for a moment while I come to: ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 1*** "Six friends appear on the show to compete together." ...my 5 new friends, who I had never met before, are waiting for me. I do like to make a grand entrance and be fashionably late. Also there is the star, Ed Tudor-Pole (sorry if you were waiting for insights about Richard O'Brien, and yes I agree that he was the better presenter) and one of the researchers. We all sit down and enjoy a nice dinner and get to know each other. Andy, the captain, Myra, the vice captain, Natalie, Julian & Gaynor are my new family. We bond. Quite well actually. A good laugh was had by all. We are advised to get to bed early because... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 2*** "45 minutes, of what looks like live TV, takes 45 minutes to film." ...the next day and a half are going to be very tiring. We had to be on set at 9am the next morning. Up the next morning after a fitful nights sleep, because darn it, I was a little more than excited. Breakfast with the gang and then off to the "studio". The studio was actually an aircraft hanger at an airfield. Inside this huge structure were the four Zones and the Crys
              tal Dome. The whole thing did in fact exist in the same way as it is portrayed in that graphic map that they show in the series. The four zones are all connected with the passageways and the dome really is in the middle of it all. Up close the sets all looked wonderful, except the Future zone, which just looked like they'd stuck some egg boxes onto some MDF and then sprayed it with silver paint and pulled the insides out of some computers and stapled them here and there. The other three zones were spectacular. First stop was Wardrobe. Time to be kitted out in those wonderful uniforms. They had many combinations of garment for the uniforms in the six contestant colours, so that each team would always look slightly different. The only thing we had to bring along were a change of undies and 2 pairs of black socks, in case you were to get wet at any point. So, decked out in a very fetching green colour, my team-mates and I are sent off to film the opening sequence of being introduced by the computer. We were starting off in the Future Zone, and are stood in a nice line up outside the door waiting to go in. The introduction basically consisted of listening to Ed ask the computer who we were and then not hearing the answers as these would be added later. At this point we become acquainted with... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 3*** "When a presenter talks, the shots of the contestants reacting are spontaneous." Noddies. Noddies are the shots that they insert after they film the bit with Ed talking to us. Ed will be being filmed with two cameras. One in a long shot of him and us, and one in close up. Then after that the put a camera on the first team member and ask them to look to the right at Ed, look straight ahead, look to the left, look back at Ed, nod a few times (hence Noddies), smile, small laugh, big laugh. Then the move to the next contestant and do the same thing and so on until we
              are all done. This whole thing was repeated at the start of each level and became rather boring after a while. We also had to do mug shots for the computer's opening scenes. Then into the Future Zone itself. And time to... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 4*** "The captain chooses the games that the team play" choose the first game. I say choose with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek, because we had previously been told what the games would be in each zone, before the zone starts. It is the team's decision however to select the person who will participate. First up was captain Andy, who had selected a Physical game. It was an automatic lock in game and he was automatically locked in. So, in one fell swoop we were already captainless. Vice-captain Myra took over and "selected" me to participate in a Mystery game. When Ed goes to the door and says "You have 2 minutes in this game. Go!". You then enter the room... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 5*** "When the door opens you go into the room, play the game and then come out at the end." and someone shouts "Stop!", then you are grabbed by the neck and have previously been told not to look around. Then all the cameras that have been outside the game room with you are moved into the room and they start again. And this time you really do have the full 2 minutes to play the game. Thankfully, I was victorious and emerged 1 minute and 45 seconds with crystal in hand. I threw my fist that was clenched around the bauble into the air in a gesture of celebration, only to find that some annoying set designer had inconveniently placed a neon light just above the door and I punched it into smithereens. "Cut", and 30mins later, after they've scrambled around looking for a replacement bulb, we are filming again, but this time they've moved the cameras around again and
              we had to put me back in the game to film me coming out and "celebrating" again. The filming goes on as we continue (or not) to collect crystals and move into the next zone. We decide to buy out the captain at the beginning of the Medieval Zone. I am sent back to fetch him. In reality I am just sent round the corner to wait. Andy is there and a few minutes later we come round the corner pretending to be out of breath. During our time in this Zone, Julian manages to get himself locked in. After moving onto the Ocean Zone, we buy Julian out. I am selected to play an Action Game. They stop the filming. I am sent to wardrobe and issued a wetsuit to put on under my costume. Then back to the game. I am put into water upto my chest and the game starts. After about 10 seconds, I managed to break a part of the set. They shout "cut" and I have to stay in this water, which is not exactly warm and has a bit too much chlorine in it, for 20 minutes while they sort out the problem. In the end it is sort of fixed and we just continue with the remaining time that I have left. Sadly, this game was not just about solving a problem, it was essentially quite physical and I just wasn't strong enough to complete it and I became our team's third lock in. Observant viewers may be able to spot the rude word that I nearly blurt out. Then the team move onto the next game without me and I am left... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 6*** "Did they really make you stay in the game room all that time?" ...to shower and dry off and then spent the time that I am locked in watching Blackadder videos in a port-a-cabin. Unbeknownst to me after leaving the Ocean Zone, the team only had a total of two crystals and when given the final opportunity to buy me out, they did not know if they would win any more, so they declined to buy me out. Eventually it dawned on me that I was being left for
              too long a time, they finally came and told me what had happened. Needless to say, I was gutted and felt betrayed and useless. The team were all very sheepish around me and understandably so. The researcher did say that I was the bravest soldier of that series. A lot of other people left behind have behaved rather badly, but I'm not a sore loser and always put a smile on my face, even if I want to cry. After the Aztec Zone was over, the team had 4 Crystals which equated to 20 seconds for collecting the Gold tokens in the Crystal Dome. I was allowed to come out of the restroom and watch the team hunt for the big prize. So they turned on the fan and all the tokens fly up into the air and... ***POPULAR MISCONCEPTION NUMBER 7*** "Why do they jump about instead of picking up the ones from the floor?" ...slide down the walls where the team spent the next 20 seconds on their hands and knees picking up the ones on the floor and stuffing them into the receptacle. Then after the time is up, the tokens are TAKEN AWAY and counted where we cannot see them and the team are then filmed again doing all the jumping and grabbing and looking ridiculous. Afterwards the team did say that if you tried to get them while they are flying around, you would get none. Tokens ~ 82 Gold 7 Silver So we got 75 in total which was not enough to win a prize. We then filmed the giving us a consolation prize of the crystal each and that as they say was that. This was now 9pm and we'd been on set for 12 hours filming. Oh, but we weren't finished yet. Back at the hotel meant drinks in the bar and then bed. I was a bit too upset to really enjoy this, so I slinked off early and went to sleep. Next morning we had to get up and go back to the studio to film pick-up shots. This is because during the night the production team have been viewing the footage and realis
              ing that certain things need to be added. If the camera was not in the right place to see you picking up the crystal or pulling the switch, then they can't stop you during the game, so the go back into the game and do all these little bits and pieces. This for me meant filming the running back to buy the captain out and horror of horrors, having to get back into the water to film some stuff underwater. We were finished about lunchtime and then I got to skulk back off to Manchester and face the family and friends who were waiting to hear all about it. Prior to appearing on the show, I was like you. I used to shout at the telly and proclaim to all that would listen, that I'd be able to do better than the people I was watching. Afterwards I am actually unable to watch the programme as it makes me break out into a cold sweat. I occasionally flick it on when it's repeated on Challenge TV, just to see if it's my episode, but if it's not, then I immediately turn it off. And this is now nearly 6 years ago and I still feel this way. Although it does bring back so many painful memories, I am really glad that I got the chance to experience the show first-hand. Luckily I did redeem myself by winning Catchphrase earlier this year. And I do have a lovely reminder of the show in the Crystal that sits in our dining room. So did I "crack the Crystal Maze" as it says in the centre of the shiny glass sphere? Well, I did break the set twice.

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                There was just something so magical about the early 1980's on television. I used to sit up for hours at my grans house watching everything from 'Tales of the unexpected' to 'The Hammer House of Horrors', but out of all the Saturday nights viewing there was one program that burnt an image on my mind..... ~~~~~ 3 2 1 ~~~~~ Why was this show such a huge hit? At the time there was nothing else on worth watching to be honest, so millions of us tuned in to watch Ted Rogers and his mate 'Dusty Bin' It became the most watched Game show of its time, showing for a period of 10 years from the late 70's up to the late 80's. So what was it all about? It started off with a few couples, all hoping to take place along side Ted and work thier way through what seemed like endless clues in the hope of winning a holiday or a car. And how did they choose thier prize? Well this was the fun bit you see, the show was packed full of quality singing, dancing and theatrical scenes. At the end of each scene a member of the performance would take over an item from the set, usually a shoe, brick, handkerchief ...etc, with a dodgey little ryhme, something like : "Its got 4 wheels and will get you far" "Its a three letter word that ryhmes with bar" "If you take this one home tonight" "You can get your shopping at the Spar" And from that the lucky couple had to determine what it was he was talking about, usually it wouldnt end up being so obvious, that one would probably end up being the dustbin!! And yes they actually won a real dustbin if they were unlucky enough, not even one in fancy dress like Dusty was, just a plain old bin! Now I know that this category is supposed to be about challenge TV, but this is all about Challenge TV for me, as they are the only ones that show this p
                rogram anymore. And since they started showing it we are unfortunate to have lost from the world of entertainment Mr Ted Rogers, he sadly died earlier this year from Heart disease, very unexpectedly too. Challenge TV also shows many other favourites from the 80's and 90's and I find it very watchable and enjoyable, call me sad, but its definatley the things that you havent seen for years that you find watchable again. Ted Rogers will be sadly missed, even though all he had done recently was some Mc Donalds adverts, he was still a massive part of what made games shows the way they are today, and without that there wouldnt be a Challenge TV!

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                  I don't get satellite any more. I refuse to put money into Rupert Murdoch's back pocket, but I used to watch it when I lived with my mum in a semi-detached house in Eastbourne (now there's two real confessions - lived with his mum and lived in Eastbourne!!!) But I feel that the time is right to make an even greater confession..... Okay...I freely admit it now.....I REGULARLY APPEAR ON CHALLENGE TV! Now I've got that off my chest I can now make my pleas of mitigation. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I went and auditioned for a gameshow, and I managed to appear. Now I will not have people say that the prizes are all tacky on Challenge TV. I appeared on 'Sale of the Century' in 1997 (I've been repeated many times since, but I shall deal with that annoying detail a bit later on). I had the fortune to meet Keith Chegwin (don't all laugh at once- he's not as annoying a twerp as he appears on telly), and I was a carry-over champion and won the big prize. In total I won £12000 worth of prizes including a brand-new car (shame I couldn't get my 6 foot 8 frame into it, but I got the cash instead!). What I am trying to say is that people should not jump on the bandwagon of saying that they give away a load of old rubbish as prizes. If you are in luck and win, then the win can be lucrative- so there! However when it comes to repeats I have to agree with people. When I signed a contract about appearing I signed away any repeat rights.... and now I know why. I have been repeated about ten times. I get people who didn't know me then saying 'I saw you on telly last night!', and all I can say now is 'oh no not again'. I don't want to sound big-headed, but I just get sick and tired of being churned out every few months or so. If you see me on 'Sale of the Century' I am the very tall stocky bloke who makes Cheggers looks like a 4 foot schoolboy! So be aware that Challengh
                  e TV does make new programmes, but also be aware that it also gets its true money's worth out of each and every one ('I should have about ten brand new cars now' he said in a bitter and twisted manner.)

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                    01.04.2001 17:32

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                    Challenge Tv is a channel that is on Sky Digital on channel 121. The channel is dedicated to game shows. Some of the shows are Candid Camera, Treasure Hunt, Gladiators, Strike It Lucky, 100%, Family Fortunes, Blankety Blank, Beadles About and The Crystal Maze. The majority of the shows are good on this channel. I like Candid Camera. That is a show from America which is like Beadles About. The general public get set up and are being filmed. Then they are shown the film. It is good. I also used to watch TheCrystal Maze and Gladiators when I was growing up so I tune into them now and again. I wouldn't want to watch this channel everyday but it is good for a change. If you like game shows then this channel would be perfect for you. A lot of the shows on this are old however. They are repeats from years ago. If they started showing newer episodes then that could make it better. Well worth it to watch.

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                    20.01.2001 03:59

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                    Noel's Telly Addicts was never a great piece of television - it was a cheap quiz show filler for a weekday evening. Now a decade on the same episodes are being repeated in prime time by Challenge TV - must now be an extremely cheap repeated quiz show filler. Challenge TV is the rebranded Family Channel broadcasting an output of quiz and game shows on satellite and cable. Few of the programmes are imports or original British productions. The bulk of the shows are old episodes of BBC or ITV programmes such as Family Fortunes and Blankety Blank. Presumably people watch this and if Challenge have found a succesful niche then I say Good Luck to them and to the families that thought their half hour of fame on Family Fortunes would never be shown again.

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                    31.12.2000 04:45
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                    I have been watching Challenge TV for about 1 1/2 months now. It is a channel entirely devoted to repeats of game and quiz shows, which were all originally shown on terrestrial TV. It shows a wide variety of shows, from 70s and 80s classics such as "Blankety Blank" and "3-2-1", and more up to date shows such as "Whittle" and "Family Fortunes". My personal favourite shows on this channel are "Candid Camera", which is from the good ol' US of A, and, as the title suggests, catches unsuspecting members of the general public with great set-ups, then when they are getting really confused and distressed by the situation they are in, they say to them something along the lines of "Can you see that yellow light over there? Well look into it and smile, because you're on Candid Camera!" to which the unsuspecting individual usually looks astonished and says "You're kidding" or "No way!" etc. It's great fun to watch their reactions, and as it's American, the stunts they pull are great and things which us British could not be capable of thinking of, such as inventing a machine which washes and dries garments whilst they are still on the person! This show is currently on every day from 7:20PM to 7:55PM. Another of my favourite Challenge shows is "The Crystal Maze". Having watched this show avidly when it was first shown on Channel 4 during the early-mid nineties, it is great seeing it again and remembering just how innovative, original and exciting the concept was. The idea is that there are 6 members of a team, and they have to complete mental, physical, skill and mystery challenges within time limits of between 2-3 minutes. Each time the win at a challenge they obtain a crystal. Each crystal gives them 5 seconds of time in the Crystal Dome. At the end, after being in the 4 different zones, Aztec, Futuristic, Medievil, and Industrial (later
                    changed to Oceanic), they go to the Crystal Dome and have to catch as many gold tickets as they can whilst avoiding the silver tickets. If they collect over 100, they get a prize of their chice, which is usually some king of extreme sport such as hang-gliding, and if they do not reach the target they get the consolation prize of a boxed crystal. The show was presented by the rather eccentric Richard O'Brien, and was later presented by Ed Tudor Pole, who I never really liked and thought he lacked many of the "quirks" of O'Brien. This is currently shown every day from 7:55PM-9:00PM. Another of my favourite shows is "Family Fortunes". This has been a very popular gameshow on ITV during the 1990s, and I still think it is great to watch. It is presented by Les Dennis. Two families of 5 compete to attempt to win (in the sries being shown currently) £3,000 and a car. They have to try and guess the top answers to questions in surveys asked by the show's producers to members of the general public. This is great as I always join in by trying to think of answers myself, and the contestants often some of with some hilariously funny answers, for example, last night one of the questions was "What might a husband borrow from his wife?" and a contestant quipped "shoes"! This is currently shown every day from 11:00PM-11:30PM. One unusual point to note about Challenge TV is the fact that it has presenters. Most channels do not have these, instead they just have a voice-over to introduce programmes coming up. The presenters on Challenge TV encourage the viewers to join in by e-mailing them and participating in competitions. This is quite nice to see as it is very unusual. Overall, if you like quiz and game shows Challenge TV is the ideal channel for you. Some of the shows are poor, such as Channel 5's pathetic "100%", but most of them are great fun to watch, and very entertaining.

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                    12.12.2000 19:40

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                    If you like game shows, you'll love this channel. If you like watching repeats of old game shows, such as 3-2-1 and Catchphrase when it was presented by Roy Walker, then you'll never want to leave the house again. Challenge TV has got to be one of the lowest-budget TV channels going. For a start, repeats of game shows can't cost that much to buy. But anyway, as well as watching gameshows, you too have the chance to compete over the phone to win some less than remarkable prizes, but that involves a long and costly call. The presenters, to be honest, are absolutely rubbish. They have all been cast down from Childrens Telly, Toby Anstis for example. All they do is stand in front of a blue screen while the programme credits roll up. But even worse, during the day, there's no presenters at all, just automised trailers, and the same three advertisements. Andy Crane has his own desperately low-budget game show called "Say The Word" - one of the very few game shows that they produce themselves. It's not really hard to see why they prefer to show repeats. Overall, yes, it's a repeat channel, yes, you can win prizes by watching and yes, you can find out what Toby Anstis does with his days.

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                    27.11.2000 00:59
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                    Years ago there was a channel called "The Family Channel", which included all sorts of low budget family entertainment including lots of gameshows. In later years when they decided to remove all programmes except gameshows, Challenge TV was born. Do you like watching Bob Monkhouse and Max Bygraves host Family fortunes in the early 1980's, along with numerious other old gameshow repeats? About the best program on this channel is the repeat of Catch Phrase, still with Roy Walker. Don't worry if you miss a game show, often it will be repeated again as early as in a week, the only trouble is you won't know which ones you have seen recently and which ones you haven't. If your lucky the same gameshow can be repeated on the same night. If you miss out completely, don't worry they will probably repeat the whole series again, like in the case of Family Fortunes, they showed it every day from the 1982 series to a late nineties series, then when they nearly caught up the went back to 1982 again, not once, but lots of times. Thier own gameshow slots in between the repeats are mildly interesting where the general public get a chance to win mainly small prizes by phoning a premium rate number. This has to be one of the lowest budget channels available. On the plus side, If you absolutely love gameshows, then this channel may entertain you. They occasionally show a low budget gameshow that isn't a repeat (WOW).

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