Catchphrase used to be a popular staple of ITV's weekend and evening television schedule. Presented by the effervescent Roy Walker, it was funny, something you could play along with at home and enjoy fully. It's the kind of thing that would still be great fun now after You've been framed on a Saturday night.
The basic premise of the show was that on a big screen a big pixelated character 'Mr Chips' would do something and reinact some kind of catchphrase which contestants had to guess for money, so you'd have things like a miner and a head and have to guess from this that the phrase was Minehead (Ok apologies not the best example but first I could think of).
The contestants played on their buzzers and eventually went through to a final round to win exceptional prizes at the time (well a holiday).
The show gradually declined after Walker left as we had lesser hosts in Mark Curry and then Nick Weir. It has come back slightly with Walkers regular appearances on Chris Moyles breakfast show.
There was also an infamous incident where the action portrayed by Mr Chips was considered gratuitously sexual forcing Roy Walker and the contestants to collapse in fits of laughter. It has to be said nowadays a campaign would be raised to have such actions banned from the tv, but back then it was good fun for all the family which occasionally bordered on the smutty.
Roy Walker was an awesome host, a talented comedian with personality to burn, he was a master of the one liner and seemed to absolutely enjoy his job but also made the audience aware that the show was a cheap piece of fun and nothing spectacular. Sometimes I yearn for programmes like this that don't expect the audience to text in and part with 50p or have to salute some sob story for someone or other whose whole life is wanting to be on television, this centred on your average Joe or Jolene wanting to win a camping holiday in Ardennes by guessing ridiculously pixellated catchphrases. Gosh it was all so simple back then!!!
You can play the game interactively on the ITV website which is still good fun and holds a charm, the thing I liked about the show was Roy Walker's humour and the fact he would break down in laughter at the ridiculous nature of some of the catchphrases, the show was funny, charming and great fun and I do still miss the show.
Catchphrase was one of my favourite gameshows growing up and I loved the idea of the game and the graphics they used. What was also great was that it was very easy to play along at home and have great fun. The show first aired in the mid 1980's and ran for years with host Roy Walker presenting who really made the show. It used to air on ITV at a prime time on a Saturday evening and remember always tuning in to watch every week.
The idea of the game was very simple. You would have normally three contestants competing against other to win cash and prizes. They would get points for solving catchphrases on the screen that were wonderfully animated with computer graphics. It was almost like a high tech game of pictionary or something similar where you have to draw pictures so people can guess what the drawing is. Alot of the animations featured Mr. Chips who was the computer generated main character on the show, a bit like Bully was on Bullseye.
The first person to guess the catchphrase correctly would buzz in and gain points which would add up during the game until the ultimate winner is found. When they answered a question correctly there was always a communal board during each round where each player would remove a block to reveal more of the cartoon and guess the main catchphrase. This was never that easy until alot of blocks had been uncovered.
At the end of the game the contestant with the highest points total goes to the final round where they need to cross a grid which is five blocks wide by solving catchphrases in each block in turn. I think as well as the prize money alot of people appeared on the show as it was great fun and entertaining, probably more so than other quizzes on TV.
As stated Roy Walker was a great host and really made this what it was and gave the show the success it deserved over the years. He was an Irish comedian and always had witty one liners prepared and was natural enough to make something up on the spur of the moment. Since the early days when it was fantastic a revival has been attempted with a different host but was never as good as the original all those years ago.
Catchphrase was one of my favourite quiz shows and I really wish they would bring it back. It was hosted by Irish comedian Roy Walker originally and in fact some of his catchphrases from the show are used on radio 1 for a quiz they do.
It was on our screens from January 1986 - December 2002, so had a very good running and I sort of grew up with the programme as I was only 12 when it started. It became a routine at the weekend that we had to watch it.
The main aim of the game was the two contestants had to look at a screen and work out the catchphrase from it. The one to buzz in first and answered correctly won the points and could then reveal a square from the bonus catchphrase (there were 9 in total hiding another catchphrase) Many of the pictures starred the shows mascot Mr Chips who was a yellow robot who was used to carry out a chore or action. In order to see how much they were playing for one contestant would push their buzzer to stop a flashing board and whatever it stopped at was the amount they could win for each one they got right. In later shows this was changed to a countdown.
On gaining the most points, the contestant would go through to the super catchphrase and try and win a holiday. They had a grid of 25 squares all lettered and the middle square was the letter M which they need to get right to win the holiday. If they didn't get M then they were playing for money instead for each one they got right.
There were many sayings from Roy including - 'Just say what you see' 'It's good but it's not right' 'You can't win if you don't buzz in' 'You're riiiiggghhhhht!'
I loved this programme growing up and probably because I could join in and try and guess the answer myself. I often found myself shouting at the TV when the contestants were struggling with something I found so easy. There were occasions when the answer was staring you in the face and once told the answer you would kick yourself. Other times you would think, how on earth did they get that? It was a bit cheesy at times and Roy's jokes were a bit daft sometimes.
The original host Roy Walker made the show what it was and when they changed hosts to Nick Weir and Mark Curry it lost its appeal slightly. I think they went out of their way not to use his sayings and they were slightly missed.
There are interactive DVDs to play the game that are available which just goes to show how good the programme was.
Overall I would watch re-runs of the original episodes if I had Challenge TV, they definitely don't make quiz shows like this anymore haha
I loved the TV show Catchphrase. I have fond memories of having a Chippy Tea on a Saturday. Dad would watch the Football results, then Catchphrase was on and then Bullseye. Me and dad were always shouting at the screen always trying to get the Catchphrase right, whereas mum used to just let us get on with it.
I think this show came out in the late 80's but I more so remember it in the early 90's. Still found on the satellite tv channel Challenge on most nights although it is repeats, it is still a blast from the past.
This was hosted by Roy Walker and consisted of 2 contestents. The aim of the game is that they watched a large screen where a animated thing was acted out, and they had to guess what the Catchphrase was. So it was phrases like "Too many cooks spoil the broth", "It's raining cats and dogs" etc. First one to the buzzer got to answer and then if they were right they got points for the answer, it they got it wrong it was passed t the other person.
Also if they got it right there was another Catchphrase puzzle, and they got to uncover a square then try to guess the Catchphrase on their own and win more points.
The winner at the end got to go to the Super Catchphrase where they got the earn some big money. There was a grid with squares with letters in it, and they had to go from 1 side to the other in a line, so as long as all the squares were linked together then they won. If they went through the middle square then they won a bigger prize, but it was harder to do it this way. I think they only got 50 seconds to get through which letters they chose.
Anyway a great entertaining game show which reminds me of the simpler days. Catch this on Challenger and shout at the tv yourself.
Catchphrase used to be one of my favourite programmes and in the early to mid nineties i used to watch it religiously. It was first aired on january 12th 1986 and was eventually taken off air on december 19 2002.
It ran during a golden age of television when Brucie was presenting the generation game and Jim Davidson (whom i now loathe) was presenting Big Break.
The show saw two contestants trying to be the first to solve a number of famous catchphrases displayed on a screen.
After getting a catchphrase right the contestant then had to push their buzzer to reveal another picture puzzle that was covered in nine squares, obscuring it from the contestant.
Whichever player accrued the most money got through to participate in the super catchphrase.
This was made up of twenty five letters on a screen in a grid, each letter represents a catchphrase, for each letter solved the contestant was awarded fifty pounds. If they managed a straight line that went through the central square they would also win a holiday.
I stopped watching when presenting the show changed hands from Roy Walker to a younger and altogether less competant presenter (i couldnt find his name anywhere).
Part of what i used to love was watching Roy mask his utter contempt for the contestants as they gave ridiculous guesses to easy catchphrases, and the nonsensical 'proverb' at the end of each show, i watched it yesterday and just before the credits rolled up, Roy turned to the camera and said
"Thank god the world is full of fools, But remember, to them, the rest of us will never make it"!!!
I mean what the hell does that mean?!??? Brilliant!!!
Catchphrase is a simple and entertaining family game-show that graced the UK airwaves between 1986 and 2002. For its first ten years the show was hosted by Irishman Roy Walker, whose endearingly rubbish catchphrases of "Riiiiight!" and "It's good but its not the one" quickly became synonymous with the show, as did its memorable theme-tune and its robot mascot, 'Mr Chips'.
The format has changed remarkably little over the years, effectively being little more than Pictionary with moving images. Contestants take turns to randomly pick squares covering part of an image on a giant screen, at which point the square is removed, the first person to guess the catchphrase represented by the image winning the round and earning money in the process.
The pictorally-represented catchprases are simple enough for the whole family to participate in but can be difficult enough that they are not always immediately obvious, and whilst hardly hugely taxing the show is fun to play and provides some entertaining distraction. For example, a picture of a baby goat with wooly mittens on represents the phrase "kid gloves".
After ten years the shows producers decided to get rid of Roy Walker for no apparent reason, and he was replaced with a string of less memorable presenters, although one does stick in my mind for falling down the stairs on his first show, breaking his leg and spending the next few months presenting the show whilst wearing a plaster cast. Right up until its cancellation in 2002 the show remained an enjoyable piece of entertainment however, ideal for a bit of light brain-taxing around teatime.
It is a shame that this programme does not run anymore, or if it does I am not aware of it!
Catchphrase is a gameshow where two contestants are shown an image on a screen and have to guess what well known saying is being acted out by the unfolding animation. The quicker that they buzz in means that they can be in with a chance of getting the question correct and bagging some money.
The show builds to a finale, where the winner has to create 'a path' across the tv screen by solving individual catchphrases. Imagine it as a bit like completing a game of Connect Four. The winner then wins a comfortable sum of money.
Roy Walker was the original Catchphrase host and did a sterling job of keeping the show exciting. His well meaning manner and effortless style of presenting meant that contestants were put at ease straight away. Roy would occasionally inject his own brand of humour into the show, though it was always kept on a strictly family friendly level.
The great thing about the show is that audiences could play along at home. How many of you sat there screaming at the screen 'you idiot! It's ...' There was always a satisfaction with solving the puzzle before the contestents got them.
Use of music
There was the obligatory cheesy gameshow music, which was all very keen and uplifting, think of 'Family Fortunes' and you're on the right track!
No real problems to highlight, though I felt they could have more contestants from the start. Perhaps starting with four or five people and getting rid of three in an opening round. Humiliation always attracts viewers! The show is often repeated on Gold TV channels.
From watching Saturday night TV in the 1980s and 1990s, one of our household's favourites was without doubt, Catchphrase.
The idea of the programme was very simple, an animation was shown on a giant screen in the studio of a well known catchphrase. The two contestants had to guess what the catchphrase is. If successful, they then got the chance to take one of the nine blocks away from the master catchphrase. If they could get the master catchphrase correct, a larger cash prize would be won.
The game continued for numerous rounds until a loud buzzer was sounded. The player with the most money at this stage got to play in the final of the programme. In this, they were against the clock and had to pick from 25 numbers on the screen. The aim was to make a clear line across the screen by answering catchphrases correctly. If they managed this in the time limit, the star prize was won, usually a holiday.
The presenter of catchphrase was Roy Walker. He made the show his own and came out with lots of memorable catchphrases of his own, including "Say what you see" and "It's good, but it's not right".
Catchphrase was one of my favourite programmes as I was growing up. The concept was very simple and easy to understand, and anyone could play along, you didn't need to be super intelligent to know the answers, you simply had to 'Say what you see'. This was Roy Walkers (The presenter) favourite saying, but it actually made sense.
Two members of the general public were greeted by Roy ready to begin proceedings, after a brief introduction to themselves for the benefit of the crowd and those at home watching the game began. The show was one of the first ever to use animations as part of the game and was still considered modern even after a decade on air.
The set was very bright with red and blue neon strip lights covering the majority of the set, there were also 2 large animated screens that the players and the audience could look at to watch the new animation or catchphrase.
At the beginning of each game the players would take it in turn to hit their buzzer as a selector moved its way around the animated screen which was now split into 9 squares. In each square was a different value of money, which was in fact the amount the contestant would win for getting a correct answer.
The catchphrases would then begin, animations would appear on the screens that were aiming to describe a well known catchphrase, if the contestants thought they knew the answer they would buzz in after the bell had gone (usually 5 seconds after the catchphrase had begun), if they got it right they would win the amount of money they had selected at the beginning.
On top of this individual catchphrase prize they would also have the chance of winning the bonus catchphrase. An animation would be covered by nine squares, every time a contestant got an answer right they could remove a square with their buzzer which would reveal a ninth of the picture. They would then have a chance of guessing it. If they got it right they would win the amount in the bonus bank.
The bonus bank started out as £100 + (the round number x £50), so round one was worth £150, round two worth £200 etc. Whenever a player removed a square the bonus bank for that round would decrease by £10, thus, the sooner they guessed it the more money they won.
If no one could guess the catchphrase after all the squares were removed, another regular catchphrase was shown and the first to buzz in with the correct answer would win the bonus bank.
Two rounds normally passed before there was a break. After the break there was the Ready Money Round which meant there was no bell, contestants could buzz in as soon as they knew it. Incidentally, the reason given for the bell in the first half of the show was that they could not afford to give away too much money, shows back then were limited to their cash prizes unlike now where millions can be won.
After a few more rounds the person with the most money went through to the super catchphrase. This was always the best part because you were urging the person on, especially if you knew the answer, I often found myself yelling at the TV.
A grid of 25 lettered squares appeared on the screen labelled A to Y, behind each square was a catchphrase, if they got it right they won £50, and a bonus £500 if they got 5 correct. If however they did a straight line from one side of the screen to the other (5 right) going through the middle 'M' square which was claimed to be harder than the rest but wasn't, they won a holiday and spending money which was a minimum of £3000.
Catchphrase was brilliant because of Roy; he would often mock the contestants with a remark after a guess such as 'Its close, but a million miles away' which made me giggle a few times. The show also included a yellow robot looking man called Chips who often got involved in the animations. He was kind of the show mascot and everybody loved seeing him.
Some genius gave the show a complete re-vamp for its 2000 series. The graphics engine was made brighter and given a new cartoon style. The bonus game was covered by the usual nine shapes but they weren't necessarily squares, they were sort of paint splodges so everyone was different. (With the old show it was always key to get the middle square because it usually held the key to the answer). The Ready Money Round was replaced by the Cash Countdown, and the end game was now a Blockbusters-style game where you had to get to the end of the board using the same 5x5 letter grid.
Roy Walker was replaced by Nick Weir, who actually broke his leg during the recording of the first series. This makeover gave the idea a new lease of life but unfortunately the re launch completely bombed with the public, who missed Roy Walker. Even a last ditch attempt in 2002 to save the show by moving it to daytime with new host Mark Curry didn't help.
The original catchphrase can still be seen at 7am on challenge TV and is still very amusing, especially with their old clothes and hair-dos. If you haven't ever seen it you should have and I advise at least one viewing to see what you think.
Host (Roy Walker) - 9/10
Originality - 9/10
Addictability - 8/10
Prizes - 7/10
Catchphrase was a wonderful gameshow where two contestants would compete for cash and prizes by solving a series of catchphrases on screen, with host Roy Walker presenting them.
The clues would appear on a big screen in the form of a cartoon, often with the character Mr Chips performing an action to aid the contestants to guess the right answer. The first person to hit their buzzer and give the right answer wins points for that catchphrase. They then get to remove a piece blocking another catchphrase, which they have to guess to win the round. Before the round, one of the player stops a flashing light on a number randomly to reveal how much the special hidden catchphrase is worth. The catchphrases continue until the round is over. The last round is the 'Ready Money Round' which is much quicker and there is no time limit on anything. The contestants just buzz and answer in quick succession.
At the end of the game, the points are totalled up and turned into money. The winner goes on to the final round, where they need to cross a board 5 blocks wide by solving catchphrases ion each block. If they get across, they win a decent amount of money, plus they've just enjoyed what looks like a really fun experience.
The major attraction for me on Catchphrase was the host Roy Walker. An Irish comedian, Roy always had a funny to tell, and his own catchphrases were often the best ones, such as 'Say what you see' and 'It's a good answer, but it's not the one we're looking for!' A great presenter. He has since gone on to star in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, and currently, the Chris Moyles show on Radio 1 features Carpark Catchphrases, using snippets of Roy Walker's voice and two radio contestants parked up somewhere acros the country, the catchphrases being described over the radio.
So, in conclusion, Catchphrase is a great TV gameshow. Roy Walker made it as good as it was. A revival was attempted with a different host, but for me it didn't have the same appeal.
This is a programme that was started in 1986 and hardly changed for about 12 years. It is still shown on ITV today. IDEA OF THE ORIGINAL GAME Two people attempt to solve Catchphrases (picture puzzles which reveal a phrase, saying, title etc) to win money. Before each round one person stops the flashing light and that determines how much money each one in this round is worth. Then, a puzzle comes on screen which, after the bell but not before, it's first on the buzzers. If they're right they win the money. The person with the most money at the end of the show goes forth to the Super Catchphrase. A grid of 25 lettered squares flashed up. The best catchphrases, however, weren't those of Mr Chips but of the original host, Roy Walker. "It's good but its not right", he would say this however bad the idea was and "say what you see". Then, when the contestant got it right he would shout "riiiiiiiiiiight!". Prizes were normally a holiday to an exotic part of the world, I loved the typical game show tacky film of 'paradise' that they showed. Most contestants didn't win the end part but they didn't go home empty handed, they took with them the money they had earned throughout the programme. THE NEW VERSION My opinion for this programme might not be too useful becuase of the fact i have only watched it once in the last few years. But there is a reason for this! As a child i used to watch it every Saturday, i never understood it that well because i hadn't heard of most of the Catchphrases before but i used to love the 'modern' computer set, Mr Chips and Roy Walkers catchphrases. It was always exciting guessing what it is, and that was once the whole board had been cleared due to the tacky 1980s computer graphics. It was fun for all the family, the perfect show for all ages. Then..... something terrible happe
ned.... After about 14 years of presenting it, Roy Walker was SACKED by ITV as they believed the show needed a facelift!!!!! They had NO IDEA!!! I admit by this stage I was taking Catchprase for granted and I wasn't watching it every week but when i turned on the Big Breakfast to see Roy Walker reduced to tears over this, i felt physically upset and angry!! The graphics have been updated and the ready money round has been replaced by Cash Countdown. The show is now dull and repetitive with a presenter with no personality! The contestants are given too many clues which makes you annoyed, the whole point is its meant to be a challenge, otherwise we might as well see contestants given money for half an hour for doing nothing. Either bring back Roy Walker, or take the programme off air!! ITV need to understand what the public want, and i'm talking about half their programmes not just this!
"Back in the day" when prime time television consisted of pamela andersons boobs bouncing in slow motion across your 20 inch television screen. It took a lot to compete with the surgical masterpieces. But there was one gameshow that managed it. This was Catchphrase. Now you may think, what could possibly take anyones attention away from those 36dd charms, well, catchphrase had 2 great assets too, they were Roy Walker, and Mr Chips. Ahhh yes, every tea time you could sit down with ur Steak and Kidney pie, and enjoy 30 minutes of pure joy at the hands of Mr Walker, and his ever so cheeky pal mr chips. Each show mr chips would pop up in a precarious situation (sometimes doing things he shouldnt be doing before a 9pm watershed) and Roy would be our guide to his crazy antics. Unfortunately, catchphrase has died its death with the loss of this, almost, comedy duo. If you are lucky enough to have sky digital, you can see re runs of this show in all its 90s glory, unfortunately the new series has nothing to offer so i'm afraid you may have to turn over and watch big brother. my rating is based on the old series
Catchphrase with Roy Walker, Say what you see and all that, was one of the highlights of my childhood. It was quite simply the greatest TV quiz show of all time, mainly due to its star character Mr chips. Who can forget the time the tiles were removed and it appeared as if Chips was pleasuring himself? Roy Walker and his perma-tan, and perma-grin will be sorely missed, as will the cheeky Mr chips. I suggest everyone boycotts the new catchphrase because lets be honest, it sucks. Infact I think there should be a 'reinstate roy' campaign, beacuse the guy is a legend!
As a student, I am always looking for extra ways to earn money. Frequently, when I can afford to switch the TV on and watch a game show I put myself in the position of the contestants preaching that I could do just as good, if not better than them. The only problem is, on most gameshows the losers go home with a paper weight or a Texaco style watch. The contestants always say how much they've enjoyed themselves but deep down all they wanted to do was earn a bit of easy cash. The fact is that there are very few, if any, gameshows that the losers take away a cash prize for losing. This is where Catchphrase gets the big thumbs up. I haven't tried yet but believe me it is the only gameshow I see worth trying to get on. A loser can take away anything in the region of £700 - £1000, I don't call that losing I call it coming a modest second. If I knew 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' was as easy to get on as Catchphrase I would quite happily walk away with a cool grand. Catchphrase is definitely the gameshow for me, especially since they got rid of that awful Roy Walker. If you want to get on a gameshow and guarantee taking home a nice wad of cash then Catchphrase is the show to do it.
Someone had the sense to give the show a complete re-vamp for its 2000 series. The graphics was made sexier and given a new cartoon style. The bonus game was covered by nine shapes as usual, but they weren't necessarily squares. The Ready Money Round has been replaced by the Cash Countdown, and the end game is now a Blockbusters-style "get to the other end of the board" thingy, using the same 5x5 letter grid. Roy Walker has been replaced by the Nick Weir, who broke his leg during the recording of the first series. He sometimes gives away too many hints, but his performance is much improved since his debut on Waffle. This package of changes has given the idea a new lease of life, but i'm not sure about the spot prizes, though. Overall the prizes are much better and more money is given away. Also i think they have made the answers/catchphrases much easier.