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      07.05.2010 22:44
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      Great gameshow and very popular over the years

      Family Fortunes is still one of my favourite TV Shows and I watch it regularly if I'm in on ITV. Nowadays it's called All Star Family Fortunes and is hosted by Vernon Kay who I think is very good and has injected new life into it which it probably needed. Having said that from when it began many years ago it's been successful and is a good idea for a gameshow. The previous hosts included Bob Monkhouse and Les Dennis who were also pretty good.

      The way the game works is that you get two families on opposite sides competing against one another each made up of five family members like father, mother, sons, daughters or wives and husbands. They each stand on opposite sides of the studio facing each other. The aim of the game is to find the top answers from surveys that have been asked to the general public. The question is asked to one hundred people for example naming things you do when you are at work. The top answers are then there for the contestants to guess. They get three lives for an incorrect answer or guess. If they manage to find correct answers then they get points for the number associated so if the top answer is 60 and they get that then that goes in their bank. The catch is that if they lose all their lives before guessing all answers the other family get a chance to steal and if they guess one more remaining answer they get that money.

      The way it's decided who goes first is by one member of each family going up and the one who answers with highest answer gets their family the opportunity to go first. This game goes on for a number of rounds including a double money round until the winning family plays the final game where two members of the family must answer questions seperately without duplicating answers to win the top prize.

      I have always really enjoyed this gameshow and it's great entertainment. I did used to love Les Dennis when he presented it but Vernon Kay is also extremely good on it. Well worth watching if you've never seen it before.

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        07.05.2010 19:33
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        100 people asked a question and each family have to think of what they might have said.

        Family Fortunes is a British quiz show that began in 1980 with hosts Bob Monkhouse, Max Bygracves and Les Dennis. It featured two families who competed against each other to win the most points to go through the end game. In 2006 the show was revived with a new host Vernon Kay and is now called All star Family Fortunes and as the name suggests one of each of the families is a celebrity and they play to win money for their chosen charity.

        So the normal original version had two families of five members with one being chosen as the head of the family. The host would then ask them to introduce their members and have some funny or witty stories to share.
        Once the game begins the head of the families start first and come up to the podium. They have one hand behind their back and one on the buzzer and the host would then ask a question along the lines of 'We asked 100 people to name...' and the first person to buzz in with an answer gains control and we have a look on the board to see if it is up there and if it is the top answer. If it isn't then the other member tells their answer to see if it is higher on the board. The highest answer then gives control to the families and the rest of the members are given the chance to see if they can find the rest of the answers gaining points with each answer. There is normally between 4 and 8 answers.

        If an answer given is wrong then the buzzer sounds and a big cross was displayed on the side of the board. Three strikes and they lose control. If this happens then the other family were able to confer and see if they could come out with a missing answer. If they do this successfully then they win all the points for that round.

        After a couple of rounds we then saw Double Money where each point is worth double and so if we see a family trailing behind then they have the chance to catch up.
        On certain answers that are maybe difficult and found by a player, this player was rewarded with an extra prize.

        Once all rounds are complete we then see who has the most points and therefore going through to the Big Money round.
        This involved the head of the winning family choosing two members (which could include themselves) to answer 5 questions with the clock ticking. The first person to answer only has 15 seconds and the second person who answers the same questions gets 20 seconds and if they hear a beep then that answer has already been given and they need to choose a different answer.
        When all answers are given, they need to see if they have given all the top answers to win the BIG prize and if they don't get the top answers then they need to get 200 points to win the cash prize.

        Over the years there have been many funny moments and unusual answers mainly due to either misunderstanding or mishearing the questions. The hosts have also been seen to be in uncontrollable fits of laughter at some of the ridiculous answers and the common phrase used was 'If it's up there, I'll give you the money myself'

        Overall this is a great show that all the family can join in and play along with at home. You would be amazed when you are put on the spot how difficult it is to think of such a simple answer. What I like about it is the host's interaction with the players and the humour that comes across as well as the competition. There is quite a bit of innuendos going on and when I sit here laughing at it, my children wonder what is so funny.
        It is a very entertaining show that can get your brain working for a while on quite simple yet get you thinking questions.

        There are also video, dvd and board games based on this show. We have the dvd game and this can be played by all of my family, aged 7 - (me!)

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        29.09.2009 17:19
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        The original episodes with Les Dennis are fab

        Family Fortunes is a long running game show from ITV. Past hosts of the show include Bob Monkhouse, Les Denis and most recently Vernon Kay.

        The show is a competition between two families made up of five contestants each. The object of the game is to find the top answers for a question which was asked where a 100 people were surveyed. For example, you may have to find the top 7 answers when people were asked about things you do with your eyes shut.

        Points build up each time a correct answer is found and the winning team at the end of each round is either the team which finds all the correct answers without loosing their 3 lives. Once a team looses all their 3 lives, the other team can confere to guess the one of the missing answers. If they guess right, they get the points, otherwise the points go to the other team.

        This carries on for a number of rounds before a team reaches 300 points and then get through to the final. This is where two chosen members of from the winning family must have a go each to guess the 5 top answers from 5 different surveys for a chance to win a cash price and a holiday or car.

        Recently a celebrity version has appeared on our screens presented by Vernon Kay, however in my opinion this is no where as good as the classic episodes which aired hosted by Les Dennis. If you want to see these, they are regularly repeated on Challenge TV available on sattellite and cable.

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        18.08.2009 15:20
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        Still good family entertainment for all that

        The fact that this programme has run on and on for years is ample testament to its durability and resonance with the British public. Surviving a number of presenters over the years, Family Fortunes was initially opened for business in 1980, with the late and inimitable Bob Monkouse playing our ever - affable host. Since then, the show has seen a successon of well - known hosts, such as Max Bygraves, Les Dennis, Andy Collins and latterly Vernon Kay.

        The basic format is two families pitted against one another, in a guessing, or common sense game based on 'random' surveys of one hundred people covering a range of topics or situations drawn from real life. The point is to try to guess what the surveys reveal, in decreasing percentages of responses. The team with the most right then accumulate points based on percentage worth, and the winning team go on to play for £5,000 cash and a family car, by gaining 200 points and guessing all the top response answers for each of 5 questions.

        The show's strengths rely heavily on the host's ability to 'play' the teams, and draw out any funny or poignant real-life incidents from people who find themselves in front of the camera for probably the first time. Also, some of the answers they provide range from the sublime to the truly ridiculous, with a bit of fairly harmless low level smut thrown in for good measure.

        What I find unfair about this programme, though, is the way that the questions are 'rigged' several times, to more or less ensure that the family can't break through the 200 point winning barrier for the cash, or win the car as the questions are too ambigious and offer a too wide range of answers. Also in an age of the quiz millionaire, the cash prize is a bit stingy (£5,000) for what each team has to do.

        But, its enduring popularity speaks for itself.

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        14.05.2009 13:24

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        A show that perhaps shouldn't have been brought back

        This was one show that I used to watch religiously as a child - and looking back I have absolutely no idea why!

        When they brought back the celbrity version with vernon Kay I did watch it but I got a bit bored with the celebrities they had on - I know it was all for charity but the spot prizes they now seem to win seemed a bit odd - most of these people were not short of a bob or two and the prize was a week-end in a health spa - I expect they got paid for appearing on the show as well so not totally charity minded I think.

        Right rant over - the host would ask two of the contestant a question - the first to the buzzer answers and you see if it is the top answer from the 100 people selected - I always wonder who these 100 people are - Has anyone ever been asked? I wonder if they make it up.

        The best bits are probably when they give a totally stupid answer.

        Think I'll give this a miss from now on.

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        25.04.2009 22:42
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        Quiz show

        One of the main reasons I used to have to watch this family based quiz show is that it was hosted by the super dishy Vernon Kay who is great looking and with his cute northern accent and twinkle in his eyes it managed to keep my interest in what was in reality a rather pedestran game show. There have been other hosts over the years and perhaps the best known was Les Dennis who was very good in the role.

        The basic format sees two families battling against each other, each team is made up offive family members, the first part of a round is against two members of each family, they are asked a question and based upon the respones to the question from 100 members of the public they have to identify what they think the most common answer would be. The question could be something like, Name something you would take to the beach? The one who wins gets to decide whether their family passes it over to the other side or play themselves. If they play themselves they each take it in turns to guess what the other answers are, if their answers do not appear they lose a life, lose three lives before they guess say the top five answers then it passes to the other side who can steal the points they won with one right guess after they have conferred.

        It is a simple format and it relies on either some stupid answers or the patter between contestants and the host, Denns was a master at this, to be honest Vernon less so but who cares I just liked to stare at him.

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          25.04.2009 08:33
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          Families compete to find the answers to surveys.

          Family Fortunes has had quite a variety of hosts over the years and my favourite by far was always Les Dennis. It was shown on Saturday nights on ITV1 (of course it was just ITV back then!) and repeats are still available now at quiet times or on Challenge TV or similar channels. There was also a recent remake which was being hosted by Vernon Kay.

          The concept of the game show is that there are two families who are competing against each other to guess the answers to surveys which have been answered by 100 members of the public. There will be a few answers on the board (from 3-9 normally) and as contestants guess the answers they will earn points based on how many people had selected that particular answer. There are 2 main rounds, the 3rd round was a double points round and this could quite often decide who won the main game and went on to the final round. The final round would have the winning family nominate two members who will then have to speed answer 5 surveys. The first family member gets 15 seconds whilst the second family member has to put on headphones in a special booth to stop them hearing anything. Then they will have their turn and answer the same questions but with 20 seconds. No repeat answers are allowed and quite often this would happen and valuable time would be lost! If over 200 points or all 5 top answers were found then they would win a game prize or a car (or even both) and I always used to find myself yelling along with the TV and my brother and I would watch this together and pretend we were playing the speed round!

          Family Fortunes has since been made in to a board game but I have never had the opportunity of trying this.

          The show was fantastic watching and there was always a lot of innuendo (not that I understood that at the time!) but when I watch repeats now I have a good chuckle to myself. If you can find a repeat of this show then I would highly advise giving it a watch as it was always a great laugh and the questions were very interesting. Some contestants would give very stupid answers but they always thought they would see them up on the board which would prompt the phrase "if it's up there I'll give you the money myself" by the presenter and I always hoped for the day it would be although it never was!

          I am rating this show 5/5 as it was great viewing for the whole family with lots of chuckles for Mum & Dad.

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          18.04.2009 18:29
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          Family TV at it's best

          When it comes to Saturday night TV, Family Fortunes has got to be one of the classics!

          For most of it's run, the programme was presented by Les Dennis, though it has also been presented by such names as Bob Monkhouse, Max Bygraves, Andy Collins and Vernon Kay. Personally, Les will always be the presenter that I will identify the programme with though.

          The idea of Family Fortunes is that two families compete against each other, trying to guess the most popular answers from surveys. If the answer appears on the board, then the family win points. If the team in play get more than 3 answers wrong though, then the other family get a chance to steal the points by guessing one of the missing answers.

          The show at times has had some very funny moments, with contestants giving really whacky answers to questions. Some examples are:

          Someone who works early hours: "A burglar.."
          A famous Dick: "Carrot.."
          A yellow fruit: "Orange.."
          A food than can easily be eaten without chewing: "Chips.."

          At the end of the game, two members of the family had to have a go at answering five more survery questions within a number of seconds. If between them, they managed to score 200 points or more, then the family would win a cash prize. If they also managed to get all of the top answers, then they would win the star prize, usually a holiday or car.

          This programme was great TV, and is still going strong with Vernon Kay now presenting, with familes of celebrities competing.

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          09.03.2009 19:46
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          good watch

          Family Fortunes is a great game show which used to be hosted by lew dennis, back then it features normal people and their familys which was great to watch and les was a bit of a character him self.

          I wasn't too sure what to expect when it was announced that it was coming back, and this time with a new host Vernon Kay however he took to it like a duck to water and he made it his own.

          His edition features celebritys and their familys though, rather than normal people like the other one did. I think it makes it a lot funnier at times, to see what these celebs and their families are thinking and all the money raised goes to charity instead, as lets face it, they don't really need it them selves.

          The show works like this, there are several different rounds, with different questions and usually about 5 different answers to guess. A question for example may be "name something you would do in the shower" this question has been asked to 100 people on the streets before the show and the most popular answers listed and then the celebs have to try and get them all by guessing what the public thought of. They can only get 3 wrong answers and then it is handed to the other team and if they get just one answer right then they take that round and the points.

          At the end, the team with the most points must pick 2 people to play the final round. This involves the celeb and another person from the family who they choose. They each answer 5 questions and there answers make up points on how much of the public out of a hundred also said that answer. If they make it to 200 points they will get 10 000 pounds and if they get the 5 top answers they will get 30 grand for their chosen charity.

          It's a great program, I suppose the familys them selves make it most of the time, but Vernon always makes sure it's a great fun program as well, and I cant remember there being a time when I havnt enjoyed this program, its great.

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            22.01.2009 21:39
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            Easy to watch

            Family Fortunes is now named All star family fortunes, as it now features two famous celebrity familys, who go head to head in order to win cash for their favourite charities.
            Vernon Kay, now hosts the show, with his own wonderful style, his facial expressions, and comic antics, add to the shows success.
            The famous celebs bring along four other mambers of their family,and each in turn is brought forward, to face a member of the other family in competition, a question is asked based on a poll of 100 people, the person who finds the highest amount of points per answer is then given the opportunity of giving the remaining answers, in order to gain the mos points which are eventually turned into £££££s.
            The first family to reach 300 points are given the opportunty at this point to raise £10, 000 for their good cause.
            Two members of the family are selected, and whilst one is in sound proof booth the other one is given quickfire questions of polled answers, and given points for each answer if it appears on the board. after which the other family member comes back is given the same questions, and if they are luckyt enough to collect 5 top answers, and pass 200 points they are awarded the top prize, if they dont achieve this, the points they have won are doubled and become ££££££
            The funny parts or the show are when the most ridiculous answers are given as the stars strive to come up with answers, and of course you can play along at home and see how well you do, its quite a good lighthearted show, and very easy to follow

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              Firstly I must apologise if you are expecting to read a review about the television programme - this is actually a review of the PC Game Family Fortunes which is based on the popular television programme - unfortunately there isn't a category for this yet so I have placed it here as I imagine that the people who are interested in the television programme are likely to also be interested in the PC Game. I have been a fan of the television show Family Fortunes for many years - I know it's a bit naff but some of the answers that people give are quite laughable and this can make the show quite entertaining in itself. One silly answer that clearly sticks in my mind is the answer given by a chap who was asked to name a way of cooking fish and replied COD! In situations where people have given such stupid replies the presenter normally makes a joke out of the situation but then goes on to make them feel a bit better by suggesting that it isn't that easy when you are answering the questions in the studio up against the clock rather than sitting in the comfort of your own home. Until recently I would have scoffed at that theory but then I was bought a copy of Family Fortunes for the PC and found myself playing the game up against the clock and can confirm that it definitely isn't as easy as it looks when watching it on the television at home, although when you are playing it on the computer you do have to find all the answers to the questions where as if you are playing the television version you are a team member who only has to come up with an answer every fifth turn. The PC game is made by Infogrames and although I received it as a gift, I know it cost £14.99 at the time it was bought which was back in April this year. To be able to play the game the minimum configuration required is as follows:- Windows 95/98, Pentium 166 MHz or Higher, Memory 16 MB Ram, 40 MB Free Hard Drive Space, 4 X Speed CD-ROM Drive, 2MB
              Windows, 95/98, Compatible SVGA Video Card, Windows 95/98 Compatible 16-bit Sound Card and DirectX Version 7.0 or higher, (this is included on the disk). The game is fronted by Les Dennis and is played in exactly the same way as the television programme. Throughout the game Les Dennis speaks and the familiar Family Fortunes music is played, Les also uses his well known phrase "if it's there I' ll give you the money myself" which he says from time to time when you have typed an answer that has no hope of being on the scoreboard, this helps to make the game more fun and realistic. Installing the game is quite simple as there is an automatic set up option which will start up once you have inserted the CD Rom and this will take you through the installation process step by step. Once you have successfully installed the game you need to go to the main menu - from here you can start games by going backstage, create your family and set up the gameplay options. **LET'S GO BACKSTAGE** To start a new game select the backstage option from the main menu, this allows you to select the number of human families playing - 1 or 2 - if there are two human players you can take on a family each or if you are playing alone you can choose for the computer to play as your opponent. You must have 1 human family playing. Next you need to choose your family - there are five ready made families and the option to make and save 5 customised families - read below to find out how to customise a family. **CREATING YOUR FAMILY** To make the game feel more realistic you can create your own family - this option allows you to create a new family or edit one that already exists. You can change the family name to your own if you wish, change the character name, to your own again if you wish, amend where the family come from by selecting from a choice of counties available from a pull down menu, and change
              the family personality adjectives - these are basically words that are used to describe the family in the introduction, for example the introduction may start please meet The ???? family from Hampshire who describe themselves as being, Attractive and Intelligent. There is a list of personality adjectives available and you can select which ones you wish to use to describe the family. The family name is not spoken during the introduction but the surname is brought up in a box on the screen at the introduction stage and is also displayed on the family lectern counter, You can edit a character by using one of the following methods. 1. You can select a character who already exists and change their hair, face, eyes, whether they wear glasses or not, clothing, mouth, nose, eyebrows and body. You can choose whether to change all of the above or just some of the above, there is also an option which allows you to opt for the computer to randomly change the characters features. 2. If you wish you can create a new character by choosing a name for them and then adjusting the individual features as above, ie face, clothes, hair eyebrows etc. 3. If you are feeling really brave you can import your own picture or that of a family member or you can import photographs of all of your family if you really want to get into the mood. I have not attempted this option as I'm a bit thick so I'm not really sure how to do it although there are full instructions in the accompanying booklet that comes with the CD Rom. **GAMEPLAY OPTIONS** To make the game easier or harder there are several options you can amend, the options are as follows. SPELLING This option allows you to adjust whether or not you are prepared to accept misspelled words - you can either select loose or strict. The loose setting is more lenient but the strict setting requires the word to be spelt 100
              % accurately. The loose setting is a great idea, especially if children are playing or if your spelling isn't that brilliant. For those who prefer a more challenging game choose the strict option. BIG MONEY TIME LIMIT This option allows you to adjust the time that players are allowed to answer the final 5 big money questions. In the television show the first member has 15 seconds and the second family me mber gets 20 seconds. In the PC game the default is set to 20 seconds for the first member and 25 seconds for the second member - if you prefer you can change it to 30/35 or 40/45 seconds. This is a good idea too as you need to remember that you are typing in the answers and not speaking them so obviously it is going to take longer to reply to each question, especially if you are not a very good typist or if children are playing. TYPE-IN TIME LIMIT There is a default type-in time limit of 20 seconds which you can amend to 40 seconds or switch off altogether. COMPUTER OPPONENT LEVEL This option allows you to adjust the computers level of intelligence - you can choose from easy, medium or hard. The default option is set to medium. Ok so now you know how to set up all the options and create you family - lets play Family Fortunes. For those of you who have not seen the television programme it is basically a quiz programme where 100 people have been surveyed and asked to answer a question - for example the question may ask you to name a famous Michael - you may answer Michael Jackson - if he features in the Top 6 answers his name will appear on the score board, next to his name will be the number of people who gave this answer - the object of the game is to find the Top 6 answers. In order to decide who will play the round one member from each family steps forward to the buzzer and is asked the question - the player who buzzes in first - (by hitting the space bar or enter key on the computer
              ), will get to answer the question first - if they give the top answer they are automatically given the option of whether they would like to play the game or pass it to their opponents. If they do not the top answer their opponent is offered the option to see if they can find a higher scoring answer - the family which gets the highest answer is then offered the option of playing the game or passing it to their opponents. In order to play the game successfully the family must find all the top 6 answers. Each time a family member gives a wrong answer a cross appears on the scoreboard and they loose a life - there are three lives. If the family find all the answers they win the money in the bank - details of how money arrives in the bank are listed below. If however, the family loose all three lives and have not found the top 6 answers, their opponents are asked to confer and see if they can come up with a missing answer - if they do this successfully they win the money in the bank - if they don't find a missing answer the money remains with the original family. If the family who have found the top answer or highest answer do not want to play the game they can pass it to their opponents who must then play the game and attempt to find the top 6 answers - if they find them successfully they win the money in the bank - if not and they loose all 3 life's their opponents have to try and find a missing answer, as above if they find a missing answer they steal the money but if they don't it remains with the original family. At the end of 5 rounds the family with the most money in the bank goes through to play Big Money. Throughout the game the contestants jump, shout and wave their arms about if they find an answer and groan and look cross if they don't find an answer. The audience claps whenever the correct answer is found, all these things help to make the game more realistic. The money in the bank is made up
              by the amount of points the families have won - one point equals one pound. Points are scored as follows - if the family correctly guess the top answer and this answer was given by 60 people there will be 60 pounds put into the bank, if answer number 2 is also found and this answer was given by 23 people the bank balance becomes £83 and so on. The winning family nominates two members to go through and play Big Money. Big Mon ey is played individually - one member plays whilst the other is put into a soundproof booth and wears a blindfold so they cannot see the other members answers. The first player is asked 5 questions, for example name a green vegetable, name a famous London Landmark etc. They have 20 seconds to provide the 5 answers - their answers are then entered into the scoreboard and checked against the top 100 answers given by the people surveyed - for each member that answered the same as them they are awarded a point, if they receive the top answer the answer Les advises that the top answer has been found. Once the first member has had all their answers and points revealed the board is cleared and the second member is brought back - because they may duplicate one of the answers they are given 25 seconds to play the game and answer the same five questions. There is an option to pass and if there is time left at the end you can come back to a passed question. The object of the game is for the combined score of the two players to equal 200 points or more - if you were playing the television version you would have won a large cash amount for scoring 200 points or more, I think it is currently £5000, and if you guess all the top 5 answers you would have won a holiday or a car as well - unfortunately you can't win these by playing the computer game but you do get the satisfaction of knowing that you can successfully play the game and win. **THE VERDICT** I love this game, and it is amazing how easily it is to freez
              e when trying to think of all six answers by yourself and answer the questions quickly - it definitely makes you sympathise with the real contestants. Family Fortunes is a fun game which can be enjoyed by all the family, and can even be used to help children with learning to spell, especially if the strict option is selected as this won't accept their answer unless it is spelt 100% accurately. The game is quite time c onsuming as there are five interim rounds to play and then if your family is the winner you have to progress to the Big Money round. In total I would allow at least 20 minutes to half an hour to play this game. For £14.99 I think this game is excellent value for money and would highly recommend it to you if you enjoy the game show or even if you have never seen the game show as it will provide hours of fun over and over again, it is one of those games that would be great to play over Christmas if you have the family round. There are over 1600 survey questions so you are not likely to keep getting the same questions, although I have, on occasions, had questions repeated quite quickly. My only complaints with the game are that it can be very slow moving from round to round as there is a lot of time wasting with musical interludes between rounds. I also found the fact that Les's mouth doesn't always move when he is speaking annoying - but even with these annoying occurrences I would still recommend this game. Thank you for reading. Julie

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                25.07.2002 23:23
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                Family Fortunes is a game show currently hosted by Les Dennis although he is leaving now!! They are moving the show to early afternoons and Les has decided he doesn’t want to work then, perhaps it’s too early for him. You get two teams, each team is made up of one family (six people I think!) and the team is called by the surname of the family, ‘the smith family Versus the jones family’. A member of each family goes up to answer a question, whoever gets the highest answer gets to choose whether they want to play on this question or pass it to the other family. Each member of the family has to answer the same question until the get three wrong or guess all of the answers. If they get three wrong answers the other family gets a go and if they find on of the missing answers they win that round. The questions are based on surveys carried out before the show. 100 people are asked the question and the top answers are put up on the board hidden. When the answers are guessed correctly they show up, the idea is to uncover all of the answers. The questions are things like, name of a fruit, something you take to the peach, a famous Arthur, etc. One the winning family is announced they have a prize winning round at the end where they are asked quick questions and get points for their answers. One family members goes first then a second, the second must give different answers. If they reach a certain number of points (200) they win either a car/holiday/money etc. This is Les’ chance to get closer to the contestants though I have noticed that he tends to ‘hug’ the women while the blokes just get a hand on their shoulder. This is the type of gameshow that you can play along at the same time though you will find yourself yelling at the television because the teams can’t get the most obvious answer. When they are desperate (or just plain stupid) you can get some ridiculous answers which
                are hilarious, listen out for these, they make the show!! I think they save certain shows for the stupid familys just for the humour concept. Les Dennis is a great host, he is funny and interacts with all of the contestants really well. I don’t think they will find a host as good as him for this show. There is a board game available of Family Fortunes, I might invest in it, it’s probably a good game for those necessary family gatherings, like xmas. You could invent your own questions for when you are particularly drunk and make it even more fun. The show is great for all ages and there will be questions that children can answer as well so they can join in yelling at the television. This show is great family entertainment, one of the better quiz shows aired at the moment!

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                  13.03.2002 16:04
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                  We have a TV in the kitchen and the others I live with think it’s a crime ever to be in there and not have it on, so as a result I get to see quite a bit of, ahem, quality daytime and early evening television while I’m cooking and eating. We go through phases – first it was that Neighbours had to be on, then that the News was more important and so on. Out latest habit is that come 12 noon, someone gets up and walks over (the remote’s been broken for as long as I can remember) and switches over to ITV for Family Fortunes. As game shows go, it’s not all that bad. The prizes are quite nice, the host’s bearable and the questions are answerable. The only problem is the contestants. No offence to any of you who’ve ever been on the show but where do they find these people? The show was originally hosted by Mr “I like to keep the fake tan industry in business” himself, Bob Monkhouse. The repeats they’re currently showing though are hosted by Les Dennis who is marginally (really, marginally) better. It’s been running for a good 30 years now, so what’s the secret of its “success”? The Contestants : We have 2 teams, for which a couple of families each bring along 5 members. They’re all adults, so you end up with the odd in law and cousin once removed, but mainly it’s the brother / sister / husband / wife variety. The Game : Before the shooting, 100 poor members of the public are harassed for their answers to a series of questions for example “Name something you might do in bed”. These answers are then split down into percentages so we have “27% of people said : Sleep” and so on. Depending on the stage of the game, family members have to supply answers with or without conferring with the rest of their team. The goal is to get all the answers on the board, but most of all the special prize
                  d ones where you get the points and a bonus, like a trip to Rome, or a, erm, fridge-freezer. Whoever “wins” the round (guessing all the answers if possible, without loosing all 3 lives) gets that number of points in pounds, so if you guess all the answers given by 80% of the people queried, you’ll get £80. Half way through, after the adverts break, they start on Double Money where, you’ve guessed it, the money is doubled with a possible £200 available per question. The winning team goes away with all the money they’ve won but also have the chance to win £3000 and a car. For this only two members play, and they have to try and get all the top answers given by the public as well as giving different answers themselves, and totaling 200 points or more. At a minimum, the winning team go home with the double the money they’ve banked throughout the show, although this can be as little as £50 each when split between them. Why I like It : Because it’s stupid really…. The families are often quite mad, and the answers they give are just hilarious. I think the classic has to be Q. We asked 100 people to name something red….. A. My jumper It’s an easy to follow format, and we all play along at home, although we’ve found out none of us would really be very good on it. Last week they asked for the name of a Newspaper and my guess was The Times (meaning the first thing that came to mind, not what I though 100 members of the public would say), and not the required Sun… It’s such a simple game that relies on you thinking like the general public and not knowing all that much as, say, Millionaire does, and I guess that’s why it appeals to so many people, especially those who watch daytime and early evening TV (housewives/husbands and students especially). Plus, Les Dennis works out at the gym 2 minutes walk
                  from where I’m sitting right now, and if that’s not an excuse to like a show he hosts, I don’t know what is…. When It’s On : Currently 12pm on ITV Monday-Friday, although new series have been known to be shown prime time on a Saturday – you know, right before Blind Date…..

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                    09.01.2002 19:29

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                    Great for everyone and always has at least one person giving a stupid answer - Advantages: Contestants giving stupid answers - Disadvantages: not on enough

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                    I've never fancied going on Family Fortunes. It's not that I don't like the show - because I do - it's just that I don't fancy making a complete fool of myself like most of the families who actually go on the show. You just wonder if you need to show signs of insanity to make it through the auditions. The show is hosted by Les Dennis - and he is a good host. He makes the families feel at home and he is also enthusiastic about it - an important role for a TV host. He helps get everybody involved in the show, including the audience at home, and his charasmatic nature helps make Family Fortunes a good program. However, there is enthusiasm and there's enthusiasm. Many of the families that go on the show are just too enthusiastic. Now, I know what you're thinking, it's television and they're bound to be excited, I would be to. Each family, at the start of the show, has to use two words to describe themselves. I think weird and crazy should be the two most commonly used adjectives. Now, I'm not knocking the show here because this is what makes it so good to watch, I'm merely pointing out the type of person who goes on it :) Family Fortunes is a great show and it's one that you can play along at home. The families are given a phrase and they have to choose words to associate with the phrase. This in turn has to match the answers of 100 people surveyed. They can choose to play or pass the question depending how confident about the answer they are and it makes for tense viewing as they are only given three wrong answers before losing out. Then, the other family has a chance to steel and win the points. Family Fortunes is still on ITV these days and more frequently on Challenge TV. It's a quality show and one I'd definetly recommend watching if you're stuck in.

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