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      03.05.2012 02:18

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      CENTRAL SHOULD TAKE HEED AND REVIVE BLOCKBUSTERS

      BLOCKBUSTERS with late great BOB HOLNESS he was a legend as CENTRAL TELEVISION came up with the few hits compared to their predessor ATV MIDLANDS. the show ran for 15 years i think it will work as we have had too much rubbish on ITV and its stale programme line up of dire reality shows and talent shows are starting to look boring and crap id say bring back BLOCKBUSTERS, BULLSEYE and ATV CLASSIC THE GOLDEN SHOT then itv might win back lost viewers. BOB will be sadly missed the man knew how to host BLOCKBUSTERS and who ever takes his place must see they are taking on a legendary show as CENTRAL should bring back THE PRICE IS RIGHT too first hosted by the late great leslie crowther in 1985 then hosted by BRUCE FORSYTH then by JOE PASQUALIE it was a hit i feel the show is needed as we need the classics theres a place for SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM.

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      13.05.2010 23:35
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      Overall, a fantastic game show

      Blockbusters was a fantastic quiz show that I used to watch regularly in the 1980's and early 1990's. I used to love watching it after school when I was younger. I daresay that it wouldn't have been as good without the original host Bob Holness though who was brilliant. The show ran on ITV between 1983 to 1993 which is when I used to watch it. Then it took on slightly different formats and had hosts Michael Aspel on BBC2 and Lisa Tarbuck on Sky One. But nobody for me beats Bob Holness. He added so much life and vigour to the game.

      In the 1980's just like me, so many others watched this game show and it was incredibly popular with high ratings. It involved answering general knowledge questions as with any quiz but with a bit of a difference.

      The format of the game was a little strange in which you would have two teams competing against each other, but bizarrely you would have one team comprising of two players against another team of one player. There is a board with twenty hexagons on it. Each of these hexagons had a different letter on them. Each player would have to buzz in and then select a letter and then they asked a question related to that particular letter they have chosen. If they manage to answer correctly then that space would be turned to your colour, blue or white. The idea is to make a row of your colour from one side of the board to the other either vertically or horizontally depending on which team you are on. It can become tactical almost like noughts and crosses as one player has to stop the other from getting across. It did seem strange having two against one, but the team with less numbers had a shorter route across the board.

      The team who won the best of three rounds went on to play the Gold Run. In this game the team had to work their way across the board from left to right within a minute which was quite tough. This time the hexagons had letter combinations on them and the contestants had to guess what those letters stood for from the question.

      The prizes were never huge as the contestants were from school but were worthwile as they would win prizes for themselves like holidays and also items for school.

      It was a great show and Bob Holness was fantastic and it will be sadly missed on our screens and has been for the time it's been gone.

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      30.01.2010 03:58
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      WHY ALL THE GREAT SHOWS SHOULD BE LEFT IN OUR MEMORIES.

      Oh though halcion days when i would be spoilt rotten up my grandparents house. If i had a day off school, i would be shipped up to my nannas where I would be waited on hand and foot. If i was feeling under the weather my grampa would prepare me a hot water bottle while my nan made up a huge pan of broth. ahh i degress.

      Anyway on those gorgeous days just about lunchtime, we would all settle down for the fantastic daily quiz that was Blockbusters. I was hooked from the first note of the upbeat theme tune.

      Blockbusters was a quiz show where high school sixth formers from schools all around the country, would compete against each other. The basic rules of the game was that they had to answer questions, and make their way across a lettered screen. The questions were always related to the letter on the screen they were trying to gain. For instance if they said "ill have a B please bob" Then the legend host Bob holness would proceed to ask "What B is a colour that comes before board, bird and out." Then there would be a scramble for the buzzer before the winning side said Black!

      Now the game consisted of two teams. One team was made up of two students whilst the other side was represented by a single player. The single player had to answer four connecting questions to win the round
      whilst the other team had to answer five connecting questions.

      The host of the show was Bob holness who was an authorative figure who almost had an aura of a school master. He was a fantastic game show host who kept a tight ship he would ask the questions with great clarity and always made time to speak to the contestants in order to find out thier hobbies and future ambitions. Infact Bob became a much loved icon to the student world.

      When the succesful team had won two rounds of the game, they were invited to take their place on the hot spot. Which was basically a green spot on the studio floor. The student would then have to go across a board within sixty seconds or less. Now this board was slightly harder than the normal board. And had multiple letters, for example S.I.T. which would be "what saying is said to save time" answer stitch in time.

      If they were succesful, they would win the goldrun which offered great prizes. Infact if the winning team succesfully crossed the third goldrun they would win a star prize which would usually be an exotic holiday.

      Generally this half hour show was a fun and straight forward general knowledge quiz show. Looking back, i love the way that it had a great appeal to an audience of all generations. I was a child and i loved it, the students loved it and my elderly grandparents loved it so Blockbusters certainly had a winning formula.

      When i was in my first year of high school, there was great excitement. One of the sixth formers had been selected to go on to the show. There was a great atmosphere in the school and she was treated like a superstar for a few weeks while the programme was being aired. She couldnt walk the corridorsto get to her next class as she would be mobbed!! The headmaster had to pump up and become her bodyguard a roll which he took far too seriously.

      After a long and succesful run, which lasted quite a few years. Bob decided that he wanted to have a break and so the show was taken off our screens. Much of the country were gutted that this show had come to an end.

      Step forward Liza Tarbuck. (Daughter of Jimmy) who brought back the show over 10 years later via the satalite channel. Sky 1. But oh what a mistake to bring it back. The show should have been respectfully left to rest in peace. As the revival, did not gain the fan base or the respect the old show had.

      Liza Tarbuck tried her best, but to be fair her best just wasnt good enough. She was wooden and tried to hard to be funny with her dry wit that just was quite embarrasing. The format of the show that was once new and exciting was now tired and boring.

      Blockbusters on sky 1 did not last very long at all. I personally think it should have been left in the past with all the nostalgia it deserved. You cannot recreate magic and thats what sky1 tried to do but failed miserably.

      Blockbusters has gone to game show heaven. But may it live on forever in peoples memories. Now i have to go because i need a pee..... please Bob?

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        27.01.2010 23:46
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        What B was the best quiz game of the 80's?

        Blockbusters Game Show
        Ah this brings back memories of my school days, this show was part of my daily routine. I loved it and wish they could bring it back. I am sure my children would love it too.

        The Grid
        The grid was a honeycomb style which had 20 hexagon blocks (5 across and 4 down) and each block had a letter in which the players could choose and they would get a question with which the answer would begin with that letter. The great phrase 'Can I have a P please bob?' still makes the juvenile part of me smile today. I also remember another show (probably because it has been played over and over on TV blunders) where the student was asked 'What O is the generic word for any living animal or plant, including bacteria and viruses?' Well the answer was Organism and you can guess what they said instead! Classic TV.

        The Object of the Game

        The Game was hosted by the great Bob Holness and had contestants from the sixth form year and it had decent prizes for them and their schools. It had one student playing against two students. The solo player had to get from the top of the board to the bottom and the opposing team had to get across the board from left to right or vice versa. It started with an open question and whoever got that right could then choose the next letter. If they got it wrong then the other team could answer and then carry on. One game could be a straight run, another game could fill up the whole board but would always have the outcome of a winner as the board was cleverly set up that way. If they were one away their blocks would flash, if the block was a winning block on both sides then the whole lit blocks would flash. Once the student/s have got from one side to the other successfully and have not been blocked by the other team on purpose then they have won the game. I think it was best of 3 games and the winner went on to play Gold Run

        Gold Run
        This was similar to the main board but the hexagonal blocks have a set of letters instead of one which would stand for something such as GWTW and the question would be 'the film famous for 'Frankly my dear I don't give a damn' - answer anyone??? Well they have a time limit to get across and they can choose whichever way they want to go. If they get it right the block goes gold, if they got it wrong it went black and they were blocked. Many times I would be sitting there shouting at the screen but its easier sitting at home isn't it? If they got across in the time then they won a prize. YAY. I can't remember exactly what the prizes were but I do remember the winning team could come back to play again up to 5 times.

        My Opinion

        As you may have gathered I loved this game show. It was something I could play along with, the questions were suitable to anyone and I was even learning as I watched! Bob Holness was a great host and sometimes his facial reaction to some of the answers was brilliant. You really felt for the contestants who were getting close and you even had your favourites. It was a simple quiz show for teenagers which there weren't many intelligent ones about at the time. After writing this I might see if I can purchase the boxed version from somewhere.

        Shame it's not on anymore. Although I did hear that Liza Tarbuck did it on Sky one, but I think it's one of those shows that you can't do without the original host.
        I just researched Bob and can't believe he is 81 years old! Don't think he will be making a comeback then.

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          10.01.2010 23:02
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          The past was sometimes entertaining, even if there were only four tele channels

          Cast your minds back to the early eighties when television programs were basic and prizes were a lot less than they are now.
          Game shows were easy to understand and they were probably the best entertainment on that little box which sat in the corner of most front rooms.
          Anyway, one of those game shows from the early eighties was called Blockbusters, (nothing to do with videos rentals), and was aimed at the students population, with cash winnings and some rather nifty prizes, (of the time).

          The game show called Blockbusters was created by Steve Ryan and Mark Goodson and originally aimed for life in America, although becoming more popular when it aired in the in the UK in 1983, running for around 10 years on ITV, hosted by Bob Holdness, then from 1994 for a year on sky one, hosted by Bob and a few shows with Lisa Tarbuck.


          HOW THE GAME WAS PLAYED...

          The game board consists of 20 hexagons, arranged in five columns of four so that there could never be a stalemate during a game.
          A single contestant takes on a team of two, usually students, with the aim of getting a line across the game board, the single player having to get a horizontal column of four whilst the duo team having to get a vertical column of five.

          The hexagons would all have a single letter on them which would be the initial letter of the answer.
          The game starts with a random letter chosen and a questions asked, with the two 'teams' buzzing in when they think they have the answer.
          Who ever answered correctly would then have control of the 'board' and have the opportunity to continue answering question.

          That contestant would continue to choose a letter until he/she or they got an answer wrong, then the other player or team would get a chance to answer the question in the hope of taking control of the board.
          This continues until either the duo or the single player gets a line across the board, the single player going from top to bottom, whilst the duo team went from side to side.
          For each hexagon correctly answered would win the contestants £5.

          For instance, what W do people look through? The answer being window... (that was an example as the questions were usually harder than that).


          The first contestant or team to get from one side to the other wins the game, the first to two games wins the match and gets a chance at the big prize... the gold run

          ** THE GOLD RUN...

          This is the prize winning round and is played similar to the normal rounds, with one or two slight changes.
          A contestant, the duo team choosing which player will play the gold run, stand in the middle of the studio and faces the questions alone.
          The board consists of the same amount of hexagons, only this time there are between 1 an 5 letters on each hexagon, the letters still denoting the initials of the answer, akin to the normal rounds.
          A correct answer would turn the hexagon gold whilst a wrong answer or a pass would turn the hexagon black, blocking the line across the board.
          If the contestant gets across the board by answering correctly within the 60 seconds then they win a prize, usually a holiday. But if they failed to get a cross in the allotted time they would receive cash for every hexagon that turned gold.

          For example, the hexagon may have the letters T-W-C and the question would be What football campaign happens once every four years?, the answer being 'The World Cup'... simple as that really...


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          A defending champion could go onto win a maximum of five games with the prizes getting better as they advanced, then they would have to retire.


          That's the game then....

          ** MY OPINION...

          I remember watching this when it first came out way back in 1983, getting back from school and settling in front of the television before 5:15, as this was when it started.
          Remember, there wasn't much else on the television back then with only four terrestrial channels available so there wasn't much choice for viewing.

          The format of the game is pretty straight forward and is easy to understand with in a few games being played.
          The game would usually carry on form the day before, with the three students battling there wits against each other in order to take home that great prize, (at the time).

          Some of the questions can be a little obscure but most are pretty obvious due to the fact that you are given the initial letter to the answer...
          Then there's the gold run, which required a little bit more nerve from the contestant as the questions were usually a little bit more complicated, with the hexagons having more than one letter in it... although he questions were again mainly obvious.

          Bob Holdness, the host, certainly became a bit of a legend during and after this show, coming across as a sort of 'father figure' to the student contestants who appear on the show. He tried his best to crack jokes, join in the rather feeble banter and keep the show flowing at a good pace.

          As for the contestant, (remember, this was back in the 1980's), some of them were as bright as a 1 watt light bulb, with a personality akin to a dead hedgehog on the M1, I sometimes wondered who gave them the idea that they would make good students.
          I did think that the pressure under the lights may have hampered their intelligence but after a few shows I realised that they were just no good at answering general knowledge questions, even if they were studying books on specific subjects.

          The cash winnings of a fiver for each successful question answered may not sound too much these days but remember this was back in the 80's when students were more skint than they are now, so a fiver then was worth its weight in gold... so to speak.

          The gold run prizes were not bad either, for the 80's, with each gold run prize getting a little better the more time a contestant won.
          These prizes ranged from small electrical equipment to holidays, which were all aimed at students... obviously, so were much appreciated by the contestants at the time.

          What more can I say about blockbuster, the game show..?
          Well, when it was hosted by Bob it was quite entertaining, for an eighties game show, although I did catch an episode on sky which was hosted by Lisa Tarbuck and I found that to be as entertaining as having your hair cut.

          In all, a blast form the past, for some, and fun to watch at the time, but for me it lost its appeal in the early nineties, either because I grew up a bit or the show simply began to decline.

          The one thing most people will never forget about Blockbusters is that old saying, 'I'll have a 'P' please Bob.... Not too funny these days but flipping hilarious back then.

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            11.05.2009 19:02
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            Excellent and sometimes humourous quiz show

            I really miss this show. As you will read from some of my other reviews, I enjoy a good, well put-together quiz show.

            I reckon this was one of the best. I really liked the format. Not only were the contestants battling against each other in terms of actually answering questions, but they had to 'block' each other on a honeycomb game board, in a manner not unlike Chinese Chequers.

            The game board would be filled with a selection of letters, within hexagons and the players would make a choice of a letter from which to answer a question - hence given rise to the hackneyed phrase "I'll have a P please Bob". As time brought the program nearer to the MDMA generation, asking "I'll have an E please, Bob" had a particular resonance.

            So for example, someone might say "I will have a K please Bob"

            So Bob might say "What Chinese Ceremony is a Chinese Ceremony of abasement"

            To which the contestant might answer Kuma Satra - and then go on to cringe with embarrassment - either because she mispronounced Kama Sutra, or because she remembered she was a sixth former on telly and shouldn't have known such things. (True check it out on Youtube!)

            But you get the idea...

            One team would have two players, the other only one, though they got the easier route through the honeycomb maze of letters. Whichever team won the match, would go through to the Gold Run - This time you were in the dramatic spotlight, and had to get across the board in sixty seconds. This time if you got a question wrong, you blocked yourself and had to work around this block to get to the other side of the board. The hexagons had a series of letters from which the answer would be a phrase.

            There were also some rather nifty prized involved for the Gold run winners.

            Now why did I like this program so much?

            It was on just as I got in from work.

            I would be mentally and physically tired. So I could flop straight onto the settee, but I could also let my brain wind down (it takes me a while to get out of 'work mode').

            I really miss this program. I hear it has been remade on Sky?? And hosted by Lisa Tarbuck. Aside from giving Sky my money, I will be giving this a wide berth - even though I don't rate Lisa Tarbuck as a presenter, there is only one Bob Holness.

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              02.06.2008 13:02
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              Blockbusters: Bob Holness at the helm!

              Blockbusters was a successful gameshow running from 1983 until the mid 1990s, which pitted sixth form pupils from schools across the country against each other in a quiz, ending in the Gold Run to get prizes, often for the school as well as the pupils themselves. The show was hosted by Bob Holness, and was derived from the US version of the game.

              The game had two teams, which pitted one pupil against two. This may seem unfair until you look at the board. The board was a beehive shape, with 20 hexagons arranged in a 4x5 format. Each hexagon had a letter or letters in it, and the answer to the question started with the letter(s). The team with two in it had to get across the board, answering five questions correctly, the contestant on their own had to go vertically, answering only four. Whoever was successful had 'blockbusters' and went on to do the Gold Run, which was a board for them to navigate within a time period. If they made it through from left to right, they won a prize. Simple as that!

              I enjoyed this quiz immensely, as it was more on my level when I was younger. I think because pupils were the contestants, I found myself liking it more, and the questions were easier to answer than shows such as Mastermind and University Challenge. Holness was charismatic as a presenter.

              Blockbusters recently saw a revival with Liza Tarbuck presenting and the programme being aired on Sky, but I did not really get into it. Perhaps it's one of those gameshows I look back fondly at in a nostalgic fashion.

              So, in conclusion, a lovely quiz show aimed more at a younger audience.

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                04.05.2008 11:48
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                still like it

                Blockbusters was an incredibly popular show on ITV for most of the 80's.

                The contestants in the show had to answer general knowledge trivia.

                Game Format

                Three contestants play in one game. Strange, well one player takes on two players. There is a board with 20 hexagons on it, each with a letter. One of the players nominates a letter; the host asks a question, if the person answering the question gets it wrong than the question goes to the other team.

                The single player could do a vertical of 4 correct answers to connect the board from top to bottom vertically. The two person team had to go across the board with minimum of 5 hexagons lighting up as correct answers.

                The contestants were sixth formers from across the nation.

                The Gold Run

                The golden run was bonus round for winning player. Same format as the game, except for all players the winning sequence was from left to right across the board.

                Prize Money

                Contestants collected prize money and items for school and themselves, the gold run normally yielded bigger prizes like holidays.



                It was a huge show at its peak. Unfortunately when Bob Holness left other channels tried the format but it failed. Sky and BBC both tried it and I think it was repeated on Channel 4 which I watched sometime in the 1990's.

                Well it was a show based on trivia which I enjoy. A lot more questions were asked than most shows and sometime the contestant had TV blues and totally messed up the answer. One famous occasion was when instead of Organism the answer was Orgasm (school boy humour)



                Unfortunately I haven't come across any DVD's of the show.

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                  02.05.2008 08:44
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                  Good childrens quiz

                  This show has now been recreated with Lisa Tarbuck as the host apparently and is shown on Sky 1 but I have yet to see it instead my memories are of my school days when Bob Holness was the host and contestants got the chance to say "I would like a P Bob" much to the sniggers of all involved.

                  This was q quiz show aimed at teenagers and sought to assess whether two brains were better than one. It was a straight quiz between a team of two and on the other team there was only one person, the idea was for the team of two to move horizntally across a grid while the singe player had to move vertically. The winner was the team to get to the other side.

                  The grid was made up on pentagons and within each was a letter, once a letter was selected the team were asked a question on that letter, if they answered correctly they were able to illuminate the place and then they had another go and could select one of the connecting letters to that space in order to move across the grid. They continued until they got one wrong. The single player moving vertically had the benefit of needing to answer one less question if they were able to move in the most direct route compared with the two player team.

                  This show was simple but it really worked well, Holness was a good host who kept the momentum going, the winners got to play for prizes and also got to return the next show to defend their title, certainly some pretty intelligent people took part but it was not too high brow that you could not play along at home which made it a fun show.

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                    I remember rushing home from school every day to watch this as a kid and I can equally remember how disappointed I was when they announced that it was to disappear from our screens way back when. I loved the show, beautifully simplistic and a lot of fun as well. Well, it made a return recently, but sadly not with the superb Bob Holness as the quizmaster, but instead Lisa Tarbuck. :o( Ok, well the game first, for those who mananged to miss Blockbusters the first time around... A team of two contestants is pitted against a single contestant in a simplistic quiz stlye game. They are presented with a board of letters which represent the beginning letter of an answer to the question which the quizmaster reads out when it is chosen. When you answer a question correctly, the block changes to your colour and you get to choose again. The idea is to make a straight line of your colour stretching from one side to the other, left to right(five blocks) for the pair and top to bottom(4 blocks) for the single player. This is done across three rounds and the winner being the one who has won the most out of the three going on to play the 'Goldrun'. Here, you play for a big(ish) prize and must get from one side of the board to the other in 60 seconds. The single letters are replaced by groups of letters like GWOC or GP which represent answers like The Great Wall Of China or Giant Panda, but its basically the same as the other rounds with a timer. Like I said, I loved the original Blockbusters and Bob Holness was a superb presenter. Can I now say that I hate the remake and that Lisa Tarbuck ought to be shot? Well, I am going to anyway because basically she kills this program. You would think she was presenting a program to under 5s featuring contestants of the same age group by the way she speaks to them and us for that matter. "Oh well done", "jolly good show", "sweetie", "luvvy" "darling"...eeeee
                    ek!!! Someone pass me a bucket and fetch my shotgun while you are about it. "Can I have P please Bob?", Ok not the funniest of phrases but still it worked for some reason and we all loved it. "Luh for Lisa"(why DOES she find this quite so amusing?), "M for Moo-cow", "B for Baa Baa sheep"(well ok, but it feels that way) simply doesn't cut it and drives you crazy within minutes of the program starting. They have also revamped the set and managed to make it look worse than the original from over ten years ago which is impressive I suppose. I could go on...the prizes suck(never heard of inflation?), the presenter stinks, the contestants don't seem as much fun anymore and WHERE THE HELL IS BOB??? Bob WAS Blockbusters and its no surprise that the show is a bit smelly without him. It would have been a tough job for anyone to fill in for him but to be fair Lisa Tarbuck IS a totally cr*p selection for the job however you look at it. More proof that its not what you know but who you know... My advice...hunt out the original Blockbusters on UK Gold or whereever it is hiding on Satellite, I'm sure its out there and give this poor immitation a miss until they change presenter, which they probably won't because they tend to just pull the show. Never mind, I won't miss it if this is what we have to look forward to.

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                      Blockbusters, you either love it or you hate it. I remember rushing home from school in order to catch the original version hosted by Bob Holness. Good old Bob achieved cult like status off the back of this show. I believe he has now moved on to Call my Bluff, so just goes to show, we can't all be cool, all the time. But I digress!, I have found myself becoming addicted to the all new Blockbusters shown on Sky 1 and hosted by Liza Tarbuck. This has surprised even me - as I am not a fan of the Tarbuck family, and thought that Blockbusters without Bob would be disastrous. However, it does of course have the same winning formula that made it a hit all those years ago & I am hooked much to the dismay of my other half! I think he's glad that I currently don't get in from work on time to watch it, so he doesn't have to suffer it when he gets in. It does sometimes make you cringe, they way Liza can patronise the younsgters, but all in all I think she does a great job of making them feel at ease and she does look genuinely pleased for them when they complete a goldrun. If you liked the original, and think you can cope without Bob, I'd recommend you give it a go.

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                        Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it? Yes, most people will remember the good old days, when Bob used to treat the young people with the respect they deserved, accept the old "Give us a P" joke with dignity, and generally keep us coming back for more. However I have just had the misfortune of watching the remake on Sky 1 with Liza Tarbuck presenting. Excuse me while I shudder and cringe at the memory. The format of the game is still the same. Two contestants work together against one in an interesting battle of wits where the audience can watch if having a pal working alongside you is really a help or a hindrance. The three have to work their way across a board of letters - when the blue team answer a question correctly, the answer beginning with their chosen letter, the square showing that letter turns blue. Each team have to create an uninterrupted line of squares in their colour - the individual's correct answers come up in white. The lines can go from top to bottom, or left to right. The contestants play best out of three rounds, and the winner goes onto the "Goldrun", where one contestant from the winning side must work their way across a board of acronyms to win a prize. For example, MP, a pink muppet is Miss Piggy, or OED, listing over 6000 words is the Oxford English Dictionary. The game is reasonable, and it's interesting to see if two heads really are better than one. Unfortunately, Liza seems to think she's being visited by her nursery school aged grandchildren. She coos "Well done", even when the contestants have had the most appalling round, and says things like "You'd like a mmm would you?", or "Luh for Liza, ahahaha" - that joke must come up practically very night. She calls the contestants Sir and Madam, but then proceeds to give them pet names like luvvie, chappie, and pet. Yeeeech. Bring back Bob Holness!! Even Ann
                        e Robinson would be better than hearing 17 relentless "Jolly well done, chaps" per round. The screen isn't the same either - it's been recreated digitally, and is particularly unimpressive, in 2D. It's lost that golden glow that used to shine around it. The theme music is recognisable, and the prizes are just the same as they always were. The money doesn't seem to have been affected by inflations, so while the Goldrun prizes are impressive, "a whopping £20 each" isn't quite as astounding as it once was - especially when the poor contestants' bus trip to the studio probably cost them twice that amount. Perhaps I wouldn't be happy with anyone presenting - I've always been a big fan of Bob, so if you've never seen Blockbusters, you might want to give it a go. If you yearn for days of old, then steer clear - you'll be sorely disappointed. And the contestants all look an awful lot younger than in the olden days. Or maybe I'm not 10 anymore.

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                          11.01.2001 01:30
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                          I used to be a big fan of ‘Blockbuster’s it used to come on every night and it was very enjoyable to watch. Bob Holdness was the face of the show, the contestants would say ‘I’d like a R’ please Bob. Th music was good, and you got used to it. The format was simple, they had the three contestants, with one from grammar school on his own, and the other two playing as a team. You had to try to answer enough questions to get a straight row of hexagons, each had a letter in and Bob would give you a question. So, he’s start with ‘What H…’ etc. I think it was god fun to watch because the questions weren’t that hard and you could participate at home, and dream of going on and becoming Blockbuster Champions. If you did you would win a holiday and for the loser there was the consolation price of a T-shirt and dictionary. However, like most things ‘Blockbuster’ finished and Bob was gone. I did watch some repeats but it wasn’t the same. So, when I saw an advert saying that Blockbusters was back on, I thought I have to watch this. But, to my disappointment Bob wasn’t there, and instead a rather giddy Lisa Tarbuck. It wasn’t the same, it couldn’t be the same. I watched the show, but I was very disappointed. The conservative and rather serious manner had gone and instead the contestants giggled and giggled. The theme music was still there, but it didn’t seem to have the same impact. The show tried to come across as modern, when it didn’t have to. It’s not the same without Bob, they have tried to change the studio, brighter lights but it hasn’t worked. No offence to Lisa Tarbuck but she doesn’t have the same presence of Bob. For anybody who does want to watch it, it comes on Sky 1 at 6pm every weeknight.

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                            20.11.2000 23:34
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                            In this reincarnation, Lisa Tarbuck hosts Blockbusters. The show still has the standard format, two players on the Blue Team, and one player on the White Team. The aim is to get across the board by picking letters. The show has tried to become more modern, and partially succeded, but also failed. What I mean, is it does appeal to the target audience (teenagers) but the music is REALLY annoying... They have taken the original music and turned it into a techno-style theme, which doesn't suit the show at all, in the slightest! I, along with many others, am still waiting for the all time phrase, though, "Can I have a P please Lisa?" It is on every weeknight at 6pm on Sky One... Watch it... (you might see me on it!)

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