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      14.05.2010 12:36
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      Fantastic sporting quiz with a funny side in it's prime

      If you never watched They Think It's All Over when it used to be on then you should go back and watch the re-runs as if you are fan of sport like I am then you will love this programme as it was very funny in it's prime and combined a great mix of comedy and sport so for me was better than A Question of Sport that was just a straight up sports quiz. It was essentially a British comedy game show with a sporting theme that aired on BBC for eleven years between 1995 and 2006 before being axed. I used to always watch it and found it extremely funny. In it's day it was very popular and of course the title came from the famous phrase uttered during the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany. When the show started in the mid 1990's it was originally presented by comedian Nick Hancock who was a great host and funny and sarcastic to match, and the team captains were Gary Lineker and David Gower who were both ideal for the roles as they were legends of our sport in this country in their respective fields and also had a great sense of humour and added to the fun and games each week. This was when it was at it's best for me and when they were replaced the show began to go down hill and you knew then the show had run it's course. They were one of the main reasons the quiz show was so good as they interacted with each other so well during filming and bounced off each other. Each week in addition you would have two other team members to join the captains, normally a regular comedian and a sporting personality. For example, comedians Lee Hurst and Rory McGrath were regulars on the show for a while. Another thing that made the show interesting for me was that the rounds were not rigid and were not always the same from week to week and varied a bit. Some of the rounds that were featured included the Excuses round where the team had to answer what excuse a particular sports person gave for a failure or some other thing they did wrong after watching a video clip. Or for example, Sporting Bluff where each team has to give three statements about a sports person and the other team have to guess which one is correct which is like Call my bluff. There were many other rounds as well all of which were great fun. In my opinion, although I did love A Question of Sport years ago this was better as it was funnier as well with the help of the comedians and you don't realise how funny Gary Lineker and David Gower are either until you watch it. Well worth watching some of the repeats when they are shown as it was great.

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      17.04.2009 00:00
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      This was a must watch programme for me, especially when it was first broadcast

      They Think It's All Over was first broadcast on BBC1 back in 1995. After watching it for the first time, I was hooked! The programme was a sports quiz show that used to look at the funny side of sport, and was nowhere near as serious as A Question Of Sport. The show was presented by Nick Hancock. The two team captains were former cricketer, David Gower, and ex-footballer, Gary Lineker. The two regular original panel members were comedians Lee Hurst and Rory McGrath. Some of the rounds that used to be in the show included: Photo-Fit - where a picture was shown of three sportspersons photos in one. All of these three had to be named. Feel the Sportsman - where a sportsperson came on to the stage and two of the contestants were blindfolded. The sportsperson had to be named by touch alone. This was usually hilarious to watch! Name Game - Some cards were given to Lee Hurst and Rory McGrath, and they had to describe the sportsperson's name on the card without saying the name. One very funny edition of this was when Lee and Rory were told to do impressions of the person on their card. Lee had to do an impression of Eric Cantona, so he pretended to kick various panel members! The panel members changed alot over the years, but for me, the programme was at it's best with the original team. They Think It's All Over ceased production in 2006.

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        24.03.2009 10:32
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        Good entertainment

        This was one quiz that really captured your interest regardless of your interest in sport. The show was hosted on TV by Nick Hancock and had two sport captains - Gary Lineker and David Gower. The comedy apsect of the show - whaich was why even if you didn't like sport you would still watch it was provided by Rory Mcgrath and until his departure in 1998 Lee Hurst. there were a number of changes in panel members of the years, with Lee Mack being the host in the last couple of series and new captains in the form of David Seaman and Phil Tufnell before the series finally finished in 2006. The programme was a good balance between sport and comedy and had a slightly off beat view on the standard quiz show format - with rounds like "feel the sportsman" where the team captains would be blindfolded and they would have to guess the sportsman/or sportswoman simply by groping them - which could be abit embarrassing at times - but really funny for the viewer especially when they took their blindfolds off an realised who they were feeling!!! One of my other favourite rounds wwas the celebrations round where a clip would be shown - usually a footballer with their goal celebration and you would have to guess what the celebration was signifying - such as the birth of a baby or re-enacting some advert or TV character of the day. This programme is sometimes shown today but the questions do end up beinga bit dated and some of the minor sports people have faded into oblivion but it is still worth a watch just to see the team captains trying to work out the sportsman by touch with their blindfolds on!!!

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          24.06.2008 12:08
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          Hilarious sporting panel show

          They Think It's All Over is a sporting comedy quiz show that is made as a comedy alternative to A Question Of Sport. It is a panel show made up of a resident captain, residetn comedian and a weekly guest, either from the world of sport or showbiz. Nick Hancock is the presenter, and the show ran from 1995 until it was axed by the BBC in 2006. At its inception in 1995, team captains were Gary Lineker and David Gower, and they would constantly poke fun at each other. Resident comedians were Rory McGrath and Lee Hurst, until Hurst was replaced by Jonathan Ross. Hancock presented until 2005, and the final series was presented by Lee Mack. Lineker and Gower also threw in the towel and were replaced by Phil Tufnell and David Seaman. The show is hilariously funny in terms of the banter between the two teams. Often, the game itself is forgotten as Gower is insulted for being old, slow, and crap at cricket, and Lineker is taken the mickey out of by being called a money grabber and a goal poacher. The show consisted of a series of games where the contestants would either have to answer questions or name faces, in very similar style to A Question Of Sport. The funniest round was at the end. Instead of having a buzzer round or answering quickfire questions, the resident comedian on the team would have a stack of cards, each with a sporting star's name on it. The comedian would have to describe the star in whatever way they could so that the other two on the team could guess the answer. This often resulted in hilarity if the comedian or the other two didn't have a clue who the name was and the comedian would have to give clues as to how to say the name instead. The show was one of my TV highlights of the week in its earlier years. Sadly, the humour lessened somewhat, as the characters on the show changed. Once Gower and Lineker left, it went downhill, and although Ross and McGrath remained hilarious, it was no longer the show it had been. Hancock's departure from the show seemed to doom it to one last series before its end. It was a marvellous show to watch at its best, and I regularly catch reruns on Sky channel Dave.

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          03.05.2008 21:06
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          Sports comedy quiz

          In the days when Nick Hancock was the host of this show then it was really funny and great to watch however now that Hancock is gone the show is looking tired and has lost its sparkle. This is a sports based quiz show with two teams of three, it is like an adult version of a Question of Sport which is also on the BBC, this one goes out later nd has lots of swearing and sexual jokes. The show has gone through a number of reular team captains and they always have the same comic n the teams, when I used to watch it the captains were Gary Linekar and David Gower who are both a bit vanilla and the two comics were Rory McGrath who knows a bit about football and Jonathon Ross who knows nothing about sport but was very funny especially in his attempts to chat up and female sports stars who came on the show. The other two guests were nearly always sportsmen or women. The funniest round by far was feel the sportsman where two members of each team were blind folded and then had to identify a sports person by touch alone, it was hilarious as they would bring out hulking great rugby players or sumo wrestlers and the guys would have to touch them. Sadly this show has lost its sparkle these days but the repeats on UK Gold are still worth watching from the early series.

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            25.02.2002 22:53
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            You can physically see where Rory McGrath and co put their paychecks for this lasy TV slouch of a jaded lads show. Rorys career in telly his hanging on like Leonardo Dicaprio to Kate Winslets life raft, and what ever happened to him. The hairy bear of a man actually has a masters degree from Oxford yet ho coasts through life doing this dribble. Most of the Oxbridge set from the Blackadder days of gone on to do rather well except the bearded pervert. Hancock and the rest seem to live on a diet of hamburgers and voice overs on commercials as this quiz game just gets really bad. The guests that do brave the so-called sports quiz will immediately be shredded in true British style if they don?t have any anecdotes on there opposites. I suspect most of their agents will only let them appeal if they are given the answers, or at worse some multiple choice options to stop them looking stupid. When it first started out on TV it was quite original and very funny. Now its abandoned its scriptwriters and resorted to knob gags and the f word to get laughs like the Big Yin does so well. The program schedule means its a little naughty to mouth those blasphemes which always guarantees a laugh on the more proper BBC. Jonathon Ross who is a more skilled craftsmen plays the camp role to Gowers public school boy lost role very well where as Gary Linekar on the other team just simply gets duller. They really need to freshen up the show now and introduce new types of rounds and angles. The impressions round is suitably cringing to dampen a few egos and they also need to get more prominent guests. The last round where the invited player has to guess the sportsmen from clues and hints is getting so desperate for laughs that the last ones have to include naughty words. Ok I know Question of Sport is the more series and far more plutonic version but why bother with this one if its reverted to bawdy toilet gags.

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              12.10.2001 10:20
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              Back in the early days of "They think it's all over" the shows format was clear. A few laughs, a few sarcastic mickey takes and a bit of sporting trivia. Two teams battled hard for the ultimate prize....err ok they just battled to win and beat the opposing team, whilst trying to destroy each others credibility and any future prospects for further television work. Hosted by Nick Hancock the chirpy and almost quite funny comedian and television personality. The teams consisted of David Gower and Lee Hurst on one side with Gary Lineker and Rory "I am so fat and funny" McGrath on the other side. Each team also had a different single sporting personality to add to this great sporting fountain of knowledge. So let's take a closer look at the competitors and what did they add to the original show. Name – David Gower History – Cricketing hero who skippered England on many occasions. Sporting knowledge –Great at cricketing questions, ok at any other sport Personality – Subdued Adds to the show – Dry humour Name – Lee Hurst History – Successful comedian Sporting Knowledge – Good all rounder Personality – Loud Adds to the show – Quick and cheeky comebacks Name – Gary Lineker History – Footballing hero, football pundit and Walkers crisp golden boy Sporting Knowledge – Exceptional football knowledge, pretty good all round Personality – Quiet Adds to the show – Boyish charm (for the laaaaadies!) Name – Rory McGrath History – Useless comedian and unfunny bearded comedy script writer Sporting Knowledge – Pretty good (especially female Russian gymnasts!) Personality – Smug Adds to the Show – Dodgy Beard and pervert element The show was a major success for a few years unt il one day, disaster struck. Lee Hurst quit the show and was replaced by what can only be described as that fashion disaster known as Jonathan Ross, statistics as follows: Name – Jonathan Ross History – Television "personality" and Film critic Sporting Knowledge – Average Personality – Egomaniac Adds to the show – Nothing but irritation The once entertaining and somewhat informative sporting quiz was instantly transformed into a pointless waste of everybody's time. Every week now viewers are forced to endure some incoherent lisp ridden speech from this talentless fool going through a mid life crisis. Dressed like a clown, single-handedly Ross slows the show down to a snails pace. Questions are forgotten whist this badly dressed man attempts to boost his own ego. The show has lost it's way and it's own identity. Originally a light hearted quiz, based on a slightly more humorous format than for instance "a question of sport", "They think it’s all over" really worked well. Whatever the cause for Lee Hursts’ departure, surely the BBC must realise that the program needs another "shake up" at least, or to be axed from our screens altogether. Why am I writing this, well today is a landmark in the shows history. It will be the 100th edition of this "Comedy" quiz. Will it reach it's 200th? Unless things change I very much doubt it!

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                06.10.2001 03:32
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                They think its all over is the best comedy quiz show on tv. First of all its about sport which is my and most peoples favourite subject and pass time. And secondly it is outragously funny. Presenter Nick hancock does a good job in telling the jokes well etc, and is helped out by the funny team captains Gary Lineker and David Gower. And to top it all off each team has the hilarious Rory McGraph and Jonathon Ross. All together, they make this program excellent. The show has a good mixture of sporting knowledge questions, and take the mick questions, and this show makes good night time viewing. My only criticism to the program is the common use of swear words. The program would be suitable and fun to watch for little sports fans if it wasn't for the many unappropriate words that are used regularily. However having said that this program does include hilarious comedy, and each sporting round has a new joke for you to laugh at. I just love this show.

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                  30.08.2001 19:54
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                  Some years ago the BBC dangled in front of its gullible viewers the prospect of a sporting version of 'Have I Got News For You?'. Sadly, 'They Think It's All Over....' quickly proved to be a cringeworthy manifestation of 90s 'new-lad' culture which had enough on-board fuel for perhaps 5 or 6 editions before an appointment with the oblivion it richly deserved. Imagine, then, my dejection at recently discovering this unwelcome half-hour still soldiering on years after its sell-by date. The format itself is not utterly beyond redemption and consists of a series of rounds which require the teams and their guests to display wit and command of banter rather than any great sporting knowledge or insight. The scoring, as on 'Have I Got News For You?', serves purely cosmetic and structural purposes. This notwithstanding, the BBC, in its obstinate belief that any even mildly successful formula should be ridden to exhaustion, has (at least as far as I can tell) failed to introduce any much-needed variety into these rounds. Minor figures from angling or ski-ing still shuffle onto the stage encumbered by their sporting impedimenta to be pawed and prodded by blindfolded team members attempting to detect the relevant identity ("Don't know who 'e is but 'e's got a big rod! fnarr, fnarr"); teams are still required to identify those burdened with ludicrous or amusingly ambiguous names from the crude clues on offer; hopeless sporting excuses are still trundled out to be matched with their perpetrators etc, etc. What really torpedoes this feast of fun, however, is the singularly unappealing mix of 'personalities' which is served up in the name of TV humour. On one side Jonathan Ross simpers and smirks, apparently under the impression that a constant stream of deadpan vulgarity is the essence of true comedy. Any talent that once flickered behind the eyes of the whey-faced fi lm pundit has long since been subverted into desperate enterprises such as this. Ross has by all accounts replaced Lee Hurst, the lipless goblin who would (rather endearingly) dissolve in tears of delight at the not-always-obvious irresistibility of his own jokes and charm. On the other side sits Rory McGrath, a hirsute refugee from a Public Information Film advertising the dangers of excessive pie or curry consumption. In common with the rest of the regulars, McGrath contents himself with taking defamatory potshots at the lamest of sitting-duck targets (The Royal Family, Posh 'n' Becks etc). The teams are skippered by token representatives from the world of sport. David Gower fulfils the role of a gormless Aunt Sally, smiling wearily as derision is heaped upon everything from his batting career to his mildly upper-class demeanour and lifestyle. Quite what right the unwholesome likes of Ross and McGrath have to gleefully wreck the sporting dignity of such as Gower is a mystery. He may have been a silly and irresponsible captain of England, but he also played a number of languid and important innings with a left-handed elegance which lives long in the memory. The sporting antecedents of Ross and McGrath are more obscure. Leading McGrath's team is the charisma-free zone occupied by Gary Lineker. Lineker is more robust in fending off insults than Gower and is capable of slipping in some surprisingly snide quips of his own. But we all know that Gary's a nice boy and that it's all done in jest. He confirms this for us by flashing the kind of cheeky grin which makes the viewers want to rip his ears off. And can this urbane and nimble-minded individual be the same Lineker who was duped into a ranting and idiotic denouncement of the paedophile threat lurking behind every computer keyboard, on a recent edition of 'Brass Eye'? Yes? How very odd. The teams are complemented either by an orthodox guest who might be totally ignored, or by a more colourful character such as Chris Eubank who serves as cannon fodder for underhand jibes. (Actually I have a soft spot for Eubank. Any public figure who is that cheerfully insane must possess some kind of deep insight into the human condition.) The game is meanly presided over by stiff-necked autocue reader Nick Hancock, a man who thinks that heavy irony should be conveyed by the droning of his carefully prepared lines with a gradually falling intonation, this being his entire contribution to proceedings. The show is pervaded by an empty bonhomie which excludes the viewer and adds to the sense of mindless laddishness in which the participants are allowed to make intimate remarks while standing strangely remote from each other. It's easy to imagine the team heading down the pub following a recording session for more of the same, secretly hating each other's guts. Someone at BBC productions should consider taking to its logical conclusion Kenneth Wolstenholme's famous comment which gives this abject and already outdated programme its title.

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                    09.08.2001 23:31
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                    Oh dear. Another show in the "lets pretend all this stuff's off the top of our heads" vein. I can't remember which of them was the first to do it, but They Think It's All Over's not the only one - Room 101 (shame on you Merton), Never Mind the Buzzcocks and that stupid Question of Pop quiz all try to fool the viewer into thinking that the panelists are witty and sharp, thinking up all those "funny" remarks on the spur of the moment. Hell's teeth, what do they take us for? I know Lineker was a decent footballer and even manages to make a reasonable fist of doing the Sports presenter job, but do I reckon he can do stand-up too? No way! And an ex-test-cricketer with a scriptwriter's penchant for sharp one-liners? I don't think so! The whole attraction of this laddish game show is the fact that we're supposedly being entertained by wisecracking personalities with a finely-honed sense of humour. Risqué quips and quickfire jokes just seem to slip off their tongues.....not. As for the laddish rude utterances, they're very predictable. Johnathan Ross and Rory McGrath always manage to slip in the obligatory references to bodily functions and sex. Yawn. Nick Hancock? He always looks like he's REALLY TRYING to laugh at the jokes. Maybe cos he is! It could have been worse, of course - Des Lynam (who was in the original radio version) and John Motson were also in the running for frontman at one point! I have heard suggestions that "Have I got News For You" (which I really like) and "Whose Line is it Anyway" also have their contestants spoon-fed with jokes they've had made earlier in the office. A guy called Jimmy Mulville (ex-comic and co-head of Hat Trick Productions, which makes some of these shows) seems to be a name which also pops up regularly in these shows' credits - a coincidence? Whose lines are they anyway? Wel l, I dunno, but I think it's all Buzzcocks and it deserves to go into Room 101.

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                      04.08.2001 21:35
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                      They Think It's All over is my favouritve television programme. There's just something about it, something that compels me to tape each episode, then watch it again, night after night, week after week, year after year. I've been watching They Think It's All Over for five years now, I must have seen each episode about ten times, but still I find myself laughing. Hell, I know the words before they are said but that doesn't stop me laughing. It's like other shows like It's Only TV but I like it and Have I got News for You but They Think It's All over is about sport, and that's what makes it funny. The regulars on the show each provide something different, Nick Hancock is an excellent anchorman as he fires the questions at team captains Gary Lineker and David Gower. Linker's dry humour, although sometimes painful, is often amusing and he links well with the other participants. Gower is funny in his own right but his main part of the programme is as an object of fun as he is continually wound up about his poor cricketing ability, his posh manner and his huge house with a three mile driveway - allegedly. He takes it all in good humour, however, and is a worthwhile addition to the show. Rory McGrath chips in with his particular brand of comedy and is most memorable for his continual criticism of the Beckhams. And then there's Johnothan Ross. As loud as his jackets, Ross is the funniest member of the show and often takes control of things despite his lack of sporting knowledge. There are various rounds in They Think It's All Over. There's the Excuses round, where the teams have to choose between three ridiculous excuses a top sportsman gave for a below-par performance. There's the What's going on round where they have to work out what the obscure sport actually is or what a top sportsman is doing a particular thing for. Then there's the name game, where Ross and McG rath are given a name and they have to give clues to their teammates to determine who it is. Ross is particularly good at this and your guarenteed to end up in hysterical laughter. Finally, there's feel the sportsman where the team put blindfolds on and try to work out who they are feeling. Among the participants down the years have been Colin McRae in his rally car, guys dangling from the ceiling and much, much more. They Think It's All Over is a very funny programme and will return for a new series shortly. If you like sport and you like comedy then this is the perfect match and you are guarenteed a good laugh.

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                        03.06.2001 17:43
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                        They Think It's All Over - well not quite. The show keeps coming back and just gets better and better. The show is based around a sports quiz where two teams (captained by Gary Linekar and David Gower) battle it out over dodgy sports questions. They provide the sports knowledge. The other "regulars" on the show are Jonanthan Ross (Woss?) and Rory McGrath. They provide the entertainment. When either one of these two gets the bit between their teeth they can babble on about a subject for hours. The final members of the teams are usually a sports man/woman for one team and a comedian for the other. The whole affair is ably presided over by Nick Hancock. Their humour knows no bounds and nothing is too extreme for this show - my only misgiving is that it isn't on more and it should be longer. Rounds such as "Feel the Sportman" are hysterical - the actual sporting part of the quiz takes a very firm second place to the constant drubbing Gower and Linekar get from Ross (Woss?), McGrath and Hancock. There should be more shows like this - Have I Got News For You comes a close second. If you haven't seen it then watch it - even if you don't like sport its well worth half an hour of your time.

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                          11.05.2001 17:55
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                          They Think it's All Over is a funny game show that has run a considerable length of time.It has quickly picked up a lot of viewers and became one of the most watched gameshows on the BBC. Nick Hancock is a Knowledgable as well as funny and the rounds such as "Feel the Sportsman" are usually very funny.Gary Linneker and David Gower are team captains and also make the show enjoyable, especially in the way that the mick is constantly taken out of Gower.The quality of the show however often depends on the quality of the guests and sometimes it can seem dull because of this. Although the series is not on at present but is sure to return later this year I can't wait for it to return. I don't really like sport but this gameshow is a very enjoyable experience. What happened to Lee Hurst?He was my favourite but he's no where to be seen now. They think it's all over, it is now!

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                            They Think Its All Over is like Have I got News For You with a sporting touch and it works just as well as the Angus Deyton show. You are always guarenteed a laugh, wheteher from feel the sportsman or the name game. A quote taken from an episode 'A Liverpool cafe where the players frequent was under seige yesterday when a masked gunman fired six shots which missed each of its intended targets. It was later revealed that the marksman was indeed Andy Cole' Clasic jokes like this elevate the series beyond most on TV. Also, the inclusion of Jonathon Ross has made the show stronger. No matter who you are, your gonna be in for a tough time againt the Rossman and his humour, whilst being brash is a joy to watch. Definaely worth tuning in for when the new series starts

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                            03.03.2001 03:52
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