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      21.11.2009 00:38
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      An interesting, endearing quiz show that's sadly no longer with us

      I hate flashy, pointless gameshows like The Weakest Link that feel the need to jazz up their general knowledge quiz format with silly tactical elements, flashing lights, dramatic music, faux rudeness and the like.

      Instead I long for the return of 100 percent, a gameshow that ran between 1999 and 2001 and did away with all the vulgar nonsense and instead just concentrated on a simple and engaging question-and-answer format without any stupid distractions.

      The format of the show is incredibly simple: three contestants must answer a hundred questions, some set within one particular field, others based on general knowledge, choosing the correct answer from one of three choices and pressing the appropriate button in front of them by way of response.

      The questions are voiced by an offscreen host who is never revealed, whilst the contestants themselves never speak, and their percentage scores throughout the course of the game are releveled to the viewer but not to the contestants themselves. At the end of the game, the person with the highest percentage of right answers gets a hundred quid. And thats it.

      The questions were fairly straightforward and reasonably challenging to the casual viewer, and the show was both relaxing and engaging at once, rather than pulling the trick that is in-vogue at present of attempting to make the viewer feel tense which in actual fact this just feels tedious and annoying instead.

      With an absolutely minimal budget (as reflected in the set and prize money), 100 percent nevertheless remained great fun to watch and a good way to unwind whilst lightly taxing the old grey matter at the same time. Sadly it just wasnt loud, vulgar or stupid enough, and so the powers that be decided that it would have to go.

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      15.04.2009 00:47
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      Simple formula, but not on TV any more

      When Channel 5 first began broadcasting back in 1997, many new shows were shown that have not been seen on British TV before. 100 Percent was one of these.

      The format was as simple as you could possibly imagine! The show was shown at about 5pm on weekday afternoon and lasted for 30 minutes, though this included a commercial break. Three contestants can be seen on the screen in a stationary position. The quiz master is never shown in person, you just hear his voice. The quiz master (sorry, but I can't remember his name), asks the contestants 100 general knowledge questions. Each of the questions have three possible answers. At regular intervals, the quiz master reads out the percentage of correct answers that the players have scored (without saying the players names). The overall winner is the person with the best percentage. They then win £100 and get to play again the next day.

      There were also some special 100 percent episodes shown. These included a Christmas and Halloween special. In these episodes, the contestants would dress up in costume, and festive questions would be asked.

      I never saw a contestant manage 100%, though quite a few managed to get over 80%.

      This might not sound like a great programme, but I used to enjoy it. I often played head-to-head against my mum, with us both keeping our scores! I think it was pretty even between us though overall!

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        29.05.2008 03:24

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        For a long time 15 to 1 had been the dullest quiz on TV ...but now we have a new winner. What is the point of televising a quiz where you do not see the quizmaster, the contestants never move or show any amount of personality. The questions chosen all seem to be on the basic them of 'What question can I ask you that nobody cares what the answer is?'. The questions set always have three available answers for the contestants to choose the answer from. These three choices sometimes have an amusing third choice which is a weak pun from the other answers - but it is all mind-numbingly dull.
        The quiz ends and the winner gets £100 and is invited back next day. Amazingly all answer the same way - Yes Please' . One day one will do us a favour say - No your quiz in incredibly boring' the quizmaster will answer -Yes you are right it is' and it will never be shown again. I wish.

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        20.08.2001 18:07
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        Surely the sheer number of quizzes and gameshows on British television is enough to tell people that we have some sort of addiction with them. Well, sorting through the chaff you find the occasional grain of wheat but then thats true for all television at the moment. 100% is 100% chaff...or wheat depending upon how you look at it. Looked at on the face of it, its an extremely cheap piece of television, which Channel 5 shows as often as possible throughout the day to fill up airspace. Sure, they may rename it 100% Hollywood, 100% Sex etc. but its the same damn program with a fixed theme. A quizmaster who consists of a voice only delivers 100 questions to 3 (rather desperate) contestants who stand facing the camera behind their podiums. All questions are multiple choice and you must choose and answer, which is then displayed at the front of the podium so you can see who chose what. Cue then a zoom on the face of one of the three who got it right - the expression one of either smug aren't-I-cleverness or plain out-to-lunchedness...and then the next question is asked. No witty banter, no flashy sets and no big prizes for taking part(£100 to the winner), surely this sucks? Well, yes it does, but it is also one of the few quizzes which you can also truly play along with as if you were one of the contestants yourself. Pick your answer, keep a track of all your correct ones and work out your percentage at the end - did you beat the lamers on the box? Well, I have to say that I usually do, which doesn't say much for them to be honest, but then of course the pressure is off...blah blah blah. Anyway, do this and you might have a little fun(but not too often because it ain't that fun) otherwise you'll probably want to skip it because its as dull as hell - kinda like when uncle Harold comes over with his pub quiz boook...

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          17.07.2001 18:45
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          Quiz shows are cheap. But '100%' plumbs new depths in low-cost TV. On channel 5 what seems like five times a day, three contestants (usually mature, or extra mature as in the case of spin-off '100% Gold') answer multiple choice questions like "What is the Gross National Product of Tuvalu?". The clever twist is that there's no presenter, so its, like, really different and clever (hmmm....). The three stand in booths and can't see each other. They have the camera fixed in them at all times and this zooms in on the contestants as they ponder whether to go for a), b) or c). Usually emotionless, they often seem even more wooden that the actors on 'Family Affairs', (and that really is an achievement). At least this is a refreshing change from the melodrama of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', but there's only so long it can hold the attention for. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the sets being poor (how many other people were just waiting for that set in 'Going For Gold' to collapse around the ears of Henry Kelly?), or even that there is no presenter making 'witty' small-talk with the constestants a la Bob Monkhouse. No, the main problem with the show is the pittance prize money which is given. £100 for the winner of each show? You can pick up 10 times the amount in Richard & Judy's (RIP) 'Midday Money' for knowing your own name! At least the champion is able to come back and defend their title. One guy actually did this 75 times, before being told by the programme makers that this was unfair, and so he was forced to retire...spoilsports. Having said that, it is typical Channel 5 programming, apart from the lack of 'erotic' content. That is to say cheap, cheerful and with the smallest respect for the viewer's intelligence. I am surprised that it has managed to last quite so long, without a slightly fresher idea having superceded it. I gue
          ss that means it must be popular (either that, or still can't afford 2 cameras to show the presenter. It seems to have quite a cult following, probably due to some kind of charm it has for its unashamed cheapness. On reflection, perhaps its best we don't have another presenter going 'I'm the star of this show! Look at me everyone!', but maybe what we need is some original drama (i.e. not featuring doctors/detectives/policemen) instead of another quiz show...

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          13.07.2001 03:18
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          I LOVE 100%, not because of the fact that its a high quality TV programme.....because it isn't....but because of the fact that the people that appear on the show are the FREAKIEST people in the world.....EVER!! I don't know how Channel 5 do it, I really don't, and I totally admire them because of it. Channel 5 manage to find the biggest freaks and are very consistent in it, 100% very rarely doesn't have at least 2 freaks on the show at the same time. I think one reason why Channel 5 manage to keep having freaks on this show is because they do shows like "golden 100%" only for old people, "100% sex" dedicated to sex questions where other freaks go on. Everyone has seen the show, 3 people answer 100 multiple choice questions and the person with the highest percentage wins. There are no extra frills. The person who wins gets £100 and a chance to play the next day. There is no presenter, only a voice, although this voice is of a comedy genius which just makes the programme better. I just want to know one thing.....where do they they these people from??? Only a few people have looked normal and to this day I have NEVER met anyone who knows anyone who has been on 100%.....meaning only one thing.... Channel 5 has been looking to other places other than Earth for it's contestants.....its the only explanation.... So if you want to see the world's (or universe's??) biggest freaks on TV, answering mind numblingly easy questions with a comedy genius presenter I suggest you watch this show, if only just to look upon in awe at the sheer weirdness of the contestants.

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            26.04.2001 06:50
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            The whole concept of 100% initially amused me, but I decided to watch it a couple of times. Basically, the show takes a typical game show (three contestants, questions, prizes etc), removes all the glamour, the audience, and the presenter. What we're left with is quite a unique product - repetitive, but still remarkably compulsive. The shows simplicity is probably what makes it what it is. The whole environment seems very 'artificial', but I suppose this goes with the presenters droning voice. This really isn't an issue though - the game is fun and fast, and its interesting to try the questions at home. The show is on daily, yet the selection of questions remains different each time. One other point to note is that the producers like a joke now and then. For example, on Halloween, one of the contestants gradually morphed into a werewolf as the show went on - this left me in a fit of laughter, as the game went on regardless with no change. A spin-off show, 100% sex, has also come about; not surprising considering Channel 5's track record. To be perfectly honest, I'd rather watch 100% than something like 'Price is Right'. The game itself is as simple as it gets, but still keeps you coming back for more.

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            16.03.2001 17:41
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            100% is a gameshow on Channel 5. There's 3 contestants who are asked a series of 100, general knowledge questions throughout the show. The aim of the game is for the one who gets the highest percentage of questions right. Each question has a choice of 3 answers, and the contestant pressed A, B or C depending on which answer he/she thinks is the right one. There's no actual game show host. There's just a voice there than asks the questions. Some of the questions are so funny and easy, it is, on the rare occasion, a funny programme to watch! On the odd occasion, there is a themed 100%. For instance, the 3 contestants will dress up in Christmas style, and be asked questions all to do with questions. Every 10 questions, an update on who has got the highest percentage is given, although the contestants themselves do not know whom has got the highest score until the end of the game. The winner receives £100, and is asked whether they want to come back on the next game to play for another possible £100. They always say yes! It's a well thought of game show, and I do enjoy watching it - at times. But, I do tend to get a bit bored with it sometimes. There's no change in the format, and it seems the same every time I watch it.

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            08.12.2000 01:07
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            100% is a very low budget quiz on channel 5. There are 3 contestants who answer quick fire questions. You do not see the presenter; you just hear his dull voice! There are several versions of 100%, 100% gold (aimed at older viewers) 100% Sex (Guess!) and the normal no frills 100%. I personally find the show incredibly boring, especially when “the Weakest Link” is on at the same time. The only good thing about 100% is that the presenter does not talk to the contestants about where they live, whether they have pets, etc. Not a bad quiz show, but there is far better.

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              14.11.2000 20:43
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              One of the best and hardest quiz shows on the television right now. One hundred questions and split into different categories. Such as ten questions on sport and ten questions on history for eighty of the questions and then the last twenty questions on general knowledge. So there are quite a variety of questions and for each question there are three multiple choice answers which can most of time help but sometimes put you off and change your mind too. I think the prize money of one hundred pounds each game is a bit low compared to other quiz shows, in particular ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ but I suppose the participants know this before they go on the show. I know it’s nearly impossible to get on the WWOBAM show but I think if some of the contestants that have been on this show get onto it they might go very close indeed. I think the most consecutive shows that you can win and be on it is now cut down to thirty. There never used to be a limit on this but one guy kept on winning and after quite a few shows when he was still winning they came up with seventy as the maximum which he duly won and walked away undefeated which is quite remarkable.

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              12.11.2000 18:12
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              I watch this quiz because its fast.There's no waiting around for the presenter to finish doing his 'own thing' and making sure we know who he/she is. Infact we don't see much of a presenter. There is just a voice answering questions. That's what I watch it for, the questions, so that's perfect for me. The prizes are really pathetic judging by todays standards (£100 for a win) but they still seem to get willing contestants. Maybe the pleasure is in the taking part! (LOL) Its easy to keep count of your score at home as there are only 100 questions and you get to know half way through who has scored what. So you can compare. Some questions are very simple and you start thinking 'hey this is just too easy for me', then they throw in a couple of tricky ones and your percentage score drops rapidly. Try it, its fun to compete against the contestants (or each other).

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              06.11.2000 19:58
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              100% is Channel 5's early-evening quiz show, and has been a regular programme since the station's launch back in 1997. What I enjoy most about 100% is how back-to-basics to whole concept it. While other quiz shows go to the expense of a flashy studio and graphics, exotic holidays and new 'rounds'... 100% simply asks three people 100 general knowledge questions, and the winner with the highest percentage correct receives £100. And that's it, pure and simple. We also never get to see the 'host' of the quiz show, instead we just see the three contestents and hear the host as a voice-over (similar to the National Lottery's 'Voice of the Balls'). The questions on 100% are very interesting, and as I've found from watching any quiz show, you DO actually learn a lot for just one episode of the show! Excellent early-evening entertainment from Channel 5, the show has taken a break at the moment (currently replaced by 'One to Win') but look out for its return to our screens soon.

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                04.10.2000 06:51
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                This quiz show just about sums up Channel 5 for me - cheap & cheerful. Essentially all that happens on 100% is that 3 contestants are asked 100 questions, and whoever gives the most right answers wins. All of the questions are multiple choice; either "A, B or C" or "True or False". This means that the contestants can get a lot of questions correct just by guessing. If I were you, I wouldn't bother watching this - there are much better quiz shows around on other channels.

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                  25.09.2000 21:37
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                  ....yes folks that's the "presenter" of this "stunning" piece of creativity from Channel 5 who brought you "The Naked Jungle". I feel desperately sorry for Robin who, for years, was the nation's top continuity announcer on the old Thames TV who ruled the independent network live feeds and voiceovers. Unfortunately, he is now fronting this tawdry effort of a game show and even more embarrasingly for him, is having to front the risque adult version of the show on Thursday nights trying to humour drag queens as they fail to answer questions on slang for men's genitalia. Although the regular version has slightly more appeal I feel the format of the show is just too basic. After a while the whirly dirly music as the contestants answer just gets on one's nerves and the "one of you has 67%, one of you has 53% etc" of the later rounds clearly fails to spark the contestants. In fact, most seem to think it is one big joke - perhaps the Channel 5 production crew trawl the local job centre to find the contestants! As for poor old Robin he is probably asking the same question to himself over and over again: Robin Houston was a famous announcer for Thames TV. Is that TRUE or FALSE. (cue dum dum dum dee dum to dee dee dee dum!!!)

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                  25.09.2000 21:22

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                  This game show puts you to sleep! There is no humour, no interaction with the charachters, just one blokes voice asking 100 questions to which the contestants get a choice of 3 answers. The aim of the game is to get as many right as you can (original hey). The winner gets £100 and the chance to star in the next programme, the loosers walk away with a dictionary!! So you can tell the quality of the programme just by its prizes. The presenters voice is all you get to hear through the program apart from a cheesey background music. Plus, you never actually get to see the presenter, all you see is the 3 contestants for half an hour! The one good thing about this program is that it does an adult sex questions version later at night which is funny, but still annoys me half to death with that blokes droaning voice. Not really worth watching unless theres absolutely nothing else on the other channels.

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