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      19.02.2012 00:09

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      Good if you need cheering up

      Total Wipeout is on BBC as a regular programme, they also have specials like the winter wipeout and the winners show. They start with about 8-10 contestants and gradually eliminate them by putting them through a series of challenges over water. The scheduling of the programme changes a lot and is repeated late at night as I am currently watching at 10.45pm.

      These challenges are either against the clock, or other contestants. The course is in a huge swimming pool in Argentina, and the obstacles are electronic spongy covered blocks that spin and shake. It tests strength, dizziness, balance, and then covers them in foam and slimy things.

      The funniest part has to be the first eliminator which has the contestants come through one by one, the big bouncy red balls throw them around and they end up doing all sorts of back breaking somersaults.

      This is very easy to watch tv with Richard Hammond commentating, and his glamorous assistant Amanda cheering them on. It really makes me laugh and although I dont watch it every time it is on, it is the sort of comedy gameshow that you can dip in and out of.

      The winner gets £10000 which is probably what keeps people entering. Not just anyone can enter, each contestant has their own nickname and personality that comes across and adds to the comedy.

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      04.06.2010 17:05
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      An ok show

      Total Wipeout is a BBC One game show that airs on a Saturday night. It is presented by Richard Hammond and Amanda Bryan. The aim of the show is for 20 contestants to get through an obstacle course with various stages, against the clock, competing to get to the final stage. The winner will win £10,000 and in past series, winners have been able to go on to a champions of champions show.

      The first two parts of the game are my favourite, mainly because I don't think the third and final rounds are as funny. The first part of the game is The Qualifier. The 20 contestants must do a number of different things to get to the end like bouncing on some huge red balls over water, trying not to fall in and walking past a wall covered with moving poles with boxing gloves on the end. A lot of the contestants end up falling in the water or mud at some point which obviously slows them down. I think I have only ever seen one person get through the whole first part without falling at any point.

      The 12 contestants with the fastest completion times move on to the next round which is The Sweeper. This is my favourite round as it is the funniest. The contestants stand on huge podiums above water while a mechanical arms moves around which they must jump over or duck under to stay from falling off. Some of the contestants in this round don't even look as if they are really trying to jump which makes them fall off the podium really quickly.

      The 6 contestants that last the longest then go on to the next round which involves being spun around on a merry-go-round and then being released, only to face a number of obstacles before the finish. If they fall into the water though, they must go back to the beginning and start over. The first 3 to make it to the finish will get to go on to the last round.

      The final stage is pretty big and very daunting looking. The remaining contestants left must battle it out against the clock to be crowned the Total Wipeout champion. Again, this is done over water so there are plenty of opportunities to fall in and have to climb back up or even start over. At the end of this round, the contestant has to press a big red button to stop the clock. The contestant with the shortest time, wins. I think that this is the stage where contestants either prove that they are worthy of winning or not because it is so so hard and they must already be extremely tired from the other rounds.

      What makes this show so funny is that the contestants really think they are going to win, no matter what they do for a living or their size. Each is very determined to begin with but I have seen some not even get half way through the first round before they are completely exhausted. I do love to see some of the contestants that you wouldn't think could do well get to the later rounds just to prove everyone wrong. The contestants are a large mix of people so I guess there is someone that everyone will be able to relate to in someway, even if it only their occupation or build etc.

      Amanda Bryan is my favourite presenter of the two because she has the funniest facial expressions. Sometimes she can look so horrified and shocked at the way the contestants go about completing the course and she cant help but laugh when they don't do very well. I love that she makes fun of the ones that aren't good at all.

      My main problem with this show is the fact that it is always the same. The only thing that makes each episode different is the contestants and why they are so funny. I would have liked if the stages were changed every now and again just to break up the monotony.

      Total Wipeout makes for very easy viewing on a Saturday night (when it is on) and is great for when the reality shows aren't on. I cant help but laugh at this show every single time I watch it. I wish that there were more episodes per season as it always seems very short and by the time I get used to watching it again, it is over again. Very entertaining show.

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        20.05.2010 17:05
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        Great fun and is a brilliant laugh to watch

        Total Wipeout is a British game show which is hosted by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram. It first aired last year in 2009 and is based on it's American counterpart. Each week twenty contestants set out to complete in a series of challenges in an attempt to win £10,000. I love this programme and it's very similar to It's a Knockout in a sense except probably even harder. It's hilariously funny though and my two year old son can just sit in front of it and laugh constantly whenever anyone falls in to the water or gets hit by an obstacle in their way. It seems you have to be pretty insane to take part in this show but it does look like great fun at the same time.

        You might be used to Richard Hammond on Top Gear but in this he presents and makes quite a good job of it and is pretty witty to. The idea of the show is that the contestants are put through a series of obstacle courses and challenges normally involving vast amounts of mud and water mixed in for when they fall from one of these obstacles. After each round more and more players are eliminated until one is crowned the winner at the end. The format of the game is very similar to the one in America.

        Round one is the qualifier when the twenty contestants complete a short obstacle course in the fastest time possible. The eight with the slowest times are eliminated from the competition and the remainder move on to the next round. There are some great obstacles in this and one of the more familiar ones and perhaps my favourite is the Big Balls where players have to jump over three hugh bouncy balls and almost never make it across resulting in some very funny tumbles and spills.

        Round two is called the sweeper or later on Crash mountain. The sweeper involved the remaining contestants standing on ten foot tall podiums over water while a robotic arms spins round in a circular motion and tries to knock them off. They have to avoid it by jumping over it and survive until there are just six of them left. Crash mountain in series three features two arms spinning around to make things more challenging if they needed to be! One of the arms the players have to jump on to and get to the centre of the mountain first. Again the first six there go on to the next round.

        In round three the remaining six are strapped to merry go round which is spun for forty seconds until they are dizzy. Then when they are released they have to try and get to the finish line and the first three to make it which is not that easy when you are disorientated get to the final round.

        The final round is the Wipeout Zone and is the last stage. The three contestants complete quite possibly one of the toughest obstacle courses around in the quickest time they can. The show is fantastic and great fun and is a must for anyone to watch in my opinion.

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        01.03.2010 19:36
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        A funny phyiscal challenge to watch!

        Total wipeout is an english programme, later copied by America and is hosted my Richard Hammond. He is a great presenter for the programme because he is so enthusatic about it. Each week 20 people enter the programme, hoping that they can win the hardest test on your physical abilities. The aim is to get through each round to win at the end (be the last man standing!) in order to win £10,000. :O.

        It is so funny to watch as each contestant bounces, slips and slides their way across obsticals covered in mud, grease and water. The most funniesst obsticle has got to the the five balls, five massive red bouncy balls are susspended above the water, and the contestants have to leap onto the balls and bounce their way to the end platform. This normally endds up in hilarious slow mo images of them failing miserably.

        As each round proceeds more contestants leave, this happens if you are the slowest to get to the end platform. Its so funny to watch each person battle it out, pushing and shoving the other players to reach the end. The last feat is deffinately challenging, the players have to leap over barrels, jump on trampelines and face rock walls with gushing water! Extreme sports gone wild, all i can say is thankyou for those you enter!! :)

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          20.02.2010 22:04
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          Very funny!

          Total Wipeout is a British TV game, which was then copied by the Americans. It was first aired 3rd of January 2009. The British series is hosted by Richard Hammond and also Amanda Byram. Each week there are 20 different contestants which compete against each other, in a series of difficult and challanging events, to win an overall sum of £10,000.

          These challanges, normally involve the contestants getting either wet or muddy. This is a good way to get people to watch as it is highly enjoyable and funny.

          One of the best series was when a man called John went on total wipeout to try and win the full £10,000 but he failed. He didn't even get to the second stage which was where you have to go against the sweeper, and who ever wins this gets £1000.

          The order if play is, the trial run, the sweeper, the qualifiers and then the final.

          I would highly recomend this series to anyone who has a good sense of humour!

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            13.02.2010 21:26
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            If you like Takeshi's castle, you'll love Total Wipeout!

            Total Wipeout is a game show which is currently being hosted by Richard Hammond (UK version) and features a whole lot of water. I believe it first aired in the UK January 2009, a year after its US counterpart. It's co hosted by Amanda Byram who stands on the course taking interviews and cheering the contestants on.

            20 contestants compete against each other on water based obstacle course. There are three elimination rounds the contestants must compete in, these are:
            1: The qualifier: Here all 20 contestants take part in a fairly short obstacle course, and the 8 slowest contestants are eliminated. The course consists of 4 big red balls which contestants must clear, and the sucker punch in which contestants must shimmy across a wall without getting punched by boxing gloves.

            2. The sweeper: The remaining 12 contestants must each stand on podiums and jump over a long pole which sweeps round. Contestants must jump over the sweeper and the first to fall are the first to be eliminated. This narrows the contestant number down to 6.

            3. Dizzy Dummies: The 6 remaining contestants are spun round and round for 40 seconds and set free, having to compete in another obstacle course. The last contestant to complete the round is eliminated, and the round is rest until only 3 remain.

            4. The Wipeout Zone: This is the toughest of all water assault courses, featuring; Killer Surf, Barrel Run, WaterWall, Spinner, Rolling Beam, and finally: the launch pads. The three remaining contestants must complete this course and the winner is the one to complete it the fastest.

            The winner receives a £10,000 prize and an over sized trophy. I love total wipeout as it's just relentlessly funny to watch people falling in weird and wonderful ways in the water. At the moment I know several people who hate and some who love it - Total Wipeout seems to be a marmite thing.

            Definitely worth watching, I believe the US version is on Watch if you're not a fan of Richard Hammond.

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              12.02.2010 14:08
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              Good family show

              This is the wacky game show which involves a massive obstacle course.
              Twenty super mad people try to complete the course in the fastest possible time as only the fastest ten will go through to the next round.
              The show is hosted by Richard Hammond who does a funny commentry to the show as well and Amanda Byram introduces the contestants at the shows venue.
              This is the third series of the show and there are a few new obstacles on the course.
              The obstacles include a small ledge which has boxing gloves that punch the contestants into a giant mud pit, but the beat bit of the course has to be the four giant red balls that are almost impossible to bounch across without bouncing into the water below.

              The ten contestants who get through to the next round face a new and more dangerous sweeper with the first few to get across going on to the next round which involves them getting spun around on a giant roundabout and then have to get across floats to the other side of the water.
              The last three standing will go onto the final round which is a brilliant course that has to be completed in the fastest possible time.
              The winner takes the £10,000 prize money.
              The show is currently shown on BBC1 at 6.45 pm on a Saturday evening.
              Its a great tonic for a depressing and gloomy winters night and is suitable for the whole family to watch.
              Its great.

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                30.01.2010 19:12
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                A brilliant saturday show

                BBC One's Total Wipeout is on every Saturday between 17:30 and 18:30. Hosted by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram is the hilarious gameshow that has finally brought some humour back to Saturday evening television.

                It is set in Buenos Aires Argentina and the aim of the game is for contestants to surpass hilarious obstacle courses in order to work their way to the final showdown and win a large cash prize. Each obstacle is funnier than the next, from the sucker punch wall to the huge bouncing balls. Commentary throughout by Richard Hammond is hilarious and he really manages to captivate the humour on screen and get even more laughs from the watching audience.

                Replays are also shown which allow viewers to watch the funniest parts over and over again. Total Wipeout does well to only show the funniest replays and does not over repeat these which is essential. Contestants are also often given nicknames which are very funny and the viewes can really create a rapport with the contestants and pick their favourites.

                Overall this is a brilliant Television show and adds so much to otherwise poor saturday television. If you like humour then you'll love this.

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                12.01.2010 10:37

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                Try and watch the celebrity version - it's brilliant!

                I love this show - it is hilarious!

                It is very similar to 'it's a knockout' (remember that?) or even a British version of Takeshi's Castle. Each week contestants compete in a number of challenges to win a cash prize. These challenges are based in large pools of water or mud and generally involve large assault courses that participants must cross.

                There are 4 rounds:
                1 -The Qualifier - completion of an assault course that includes a wall which punches the contestant with boxing gloves and some big balls to bounce over!

                2- The Sweeper - All the remaining contestants have stand on podiums and jump over a rotating bar which gets higher and higher!

                3- Dizzy dummies - contestants have to sit on a merry-go-round and then cross obstacles to a finish line

                4 - The wipe-out zone - the final ultimate assault course which include some very precarious trampolines

                The show inevitably ends up with plenty of comedy falls and laughs for all the family. It is shown on BBC 1/2 - check the iplayer. Try and find the celebrity version - brilliant!

                The only down side - am I the only one to find the presenter Amanda Byron annoying??

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                05.01.2010 19:47

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                Very funny obstacle course.

                Total wipeout is a unique game that can be seen on BBC 1 and 2 at various different times. It is so popular that there is a British one and on SKY you can catch an American version of the game. There are no doubt versions from other countries too.

                Members of the public enter total wipeout. It is voiced over by Richard Hammond from top gear. Total wipe out is a game which a group of people enter and compete against each other as solo people.

                The game features a variety of grueling exercises with a hint of comedy added in to give the viewers a laugh, and an ouch here and there as you sympathise with their pains.

                The first round features a giant obstacle course with lots of water added in for people to get soaking wet. People are eliminated one by one until someone is crowned the total wipeout champion. My favorite round is where people stand on high thin podiums above a lot of water. A turning arm spins round with the aim to knock them off, but they have to jump over it to save themselves.

                Needless to say, those who compete are suitably protected with arm and knee pads and helmets. I have to say, its still looks very uncomfortable and painful when they have accidents though. Rumor has it this game show has to be filmed in Argentina to avoid the technicalities of the laws faced in Britain. The closest game show on TV to this is Gladiators, but this is more for comedy value.

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                29.11.2009 20:32
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                Action BBC gameshow, very physical, presented by Richard Hammond

                Richard Hammond has branched out from his usual spot of co-presenting on Top Gear to front this funny gameshow where contestants have to face a number of obstacles as well as each other to win a wad of cash.

                It started out last year with a primetime slot on BBC on a Saturday eveneing, and is basically a remake of the family favourite 'It's A Knockout'. The BBC fly a bunch of contestants out to Argentina where they compete in the sun through a number of events. At each stage, the numbers are whittled down until there are only 3 people left, to complete a timed obstacle course. The fastest time wins.

                It's pretty simple in terms of how people get through from one round to another. There are no points, it's purely a case of getting through either faster than everyone else or before everyone else, depending on which game you're playing. The show starts off with 20 people, and they must complete an initial obstacle course, which includes huge red bouncy balls to bounce across without falling in the water, a climbing wall with boxing gloves, and a ropeswing where they have to let with with quite exact precision.

                The game then moves on to a number of different games, including a bar that swings round and round, attempting to knock each person off a pedestal suspended above more water. Essentially, all games are based above water, so falling in quite often gets you wet. Occasionally, there is a bit of mud thrown in for good measure.

                The thing that captures you with this is not necessary the dramatic falls and often funny spills, but the way the editors and Hammond often work together, pausing and rewinding bits, annotating it as you would an interactive whiteboard to point out people's errors, or particularly funny falls. Voiceover from Hammond is quite clever, and our family quite often sit in front of it when it is on, laughing out loud.

                Amanda Byram does the presenting from the actual event, interviewing each contestant as they start or finish an event. She does an okay job, with the occasional side grimace at the camera if someone has fallen particularly dramatically or if they're diabolically bad. Her role is much lesser in terms of limelight to Hammond, who sits in the studio, introducing each round and providing the voiceover.

                I like the show. I find it funny, and quite original in the way that it is presented. The concept is not new, but the games and the style of the show are very up to date, modern and appeal to a younger audience. It has an attempt at being 'cool' and casual, and it kind of works most of the time. There is a US version of the show as well, and they take the comedy presenting side of things to a new level, making sure that every line spoken (and there are a lot!) has some comedic value. The UK version with Hammond doesn't go overboard with this part, which I like, inviting the contestants to make the comedy themselves.

                I recommend watching this if you get a chance. I found it really funny to watch, and reruns have been shown on various channels. When a new series starts up, I'll be off to watch it, and I recommend you do too.

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                  02.11.2009 15:34
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                  As the line up of the "celebrity" version of this show has been announced in the past few days I thought it fitting to submit a review on the Saturday night version of this game show.

                  Presented by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byran the show reminds me of a cross between "Its a knockout" and the obstacle course of "Krypton Factor" it features 20 contestants who compete against each other, the clock and the ever increasingly bizarre and difficult stages to end up with the winner who goes home with £10,000. Heat winners in the 2009 series were invited back for a "champion of champions" round where the winner was crowned the ultimate Total Wipeout champion.

                  Split into 4 different rounds the show progresses until the winner is crowned:

                  Round 1: The Qualifier: 20 contestants make their way round a large obstacle course against the clock, most famous for "the big red balls" the competitors must try and jump and land their way over a set of 4 large balls spaced equally apart, this is rarely achieved and most end up spectacularly wiping out into the water waiting below.

                  Round 2: The Sweeper: The 12 fastest contestants from round 1 are made to stand on tall circular podiums whilst a mechanical "arm" comes sweeping towards them. They must either jump or duck the arm and the 5 who manage to stay on the longest progress onto round 3.

                  Round 3 used to always be "Dizzy Dummies" where the 6 remaining contestants are strapped into harnesses on a human "merry go round" and spun quickly for 40 seconds, after that time they are able to release themselves and have to make it across either a set of obstacles in water or across "tippy tables" where they have to jump onto a large obstacle which is hinged in the mddle and make their way up and over onto the next table before reaching the end. The first 3 over 3 rounds make it to the Final.

                  Series 2 of the programme introduced an alternative round 3 called "The Dreadmill" where the last 6 contestants to remain on the sweeper have to remain inbetween 2 lines on a large treadmill (running on the spot) whilst a large ball swings overhead getting closer and closer to the competitors. The competitor who loses their footing first gets knocked out and the 3 who win their heats go onto the Final.

                  Round 4 is the Final Wipeout Zone, a large, daunting obstacle course that features a barrell run where the 3 finalists have to run up an oiled walkway whilst facing oncoming barrells, if they dont manage to get over the barrells they are pushed back to the start and have to do it all over again. They then have to swing their way across monkey bars whilst rushing water pours over their heads before making their way to spinning circular tables which they must jump on, then jump off onto a rolling beam, once across they are met with the final part - the launch pads - staggered trampolines that they must have to hop across to finally reach the end, push a button and stop the clock.

                  The person who completes round 4 in the quickest time is declared the winner and goes home with £10,000.

                  Each of the rounds features some genuine laugh out loud moments where the competitors dont quite manage to beat the obstacles. Its a fun programme which contains excitement and thrills and is a great Saturday night programme. You get a good mix of competitors from students and housewives through to soilders and fitness instructors, the hosts - Hammond and Byran bring wit and humour to the show and I really enjoy watching it.

                  Series 3 is in production to be shown next year on BBC1 and as I said in my introduction a celebrity version has been commissioned whose line up includes: James & Ola Jordan (Strictly Come Dancing) Kevin Adams (Fame academy fitness instructor) actor Luke Bailey, Eastenders actor Joe Swash (winner of Im a celebrity...) comedian Tim Vine, Carrie Grant (vocal coach and also from Fame academy) actress Adele Silva, ex-athlete Fatima Whitbread and TV personality Kaye Adams.

                  The show gets viewing figures of around the 4-6 million mark and is consistently in the top 20 BBC1 watched shows. If you havent seen it I would definitely recommend a viewing, although not showing at the moment on BBC regular repeats appear on BBC3 and YouTube features many of the episodes. Also on YouTube are the American and Australian versions and both of these are on parr with the British version, the hosts of the American version are very funny and the shows are worth watching just for them.

                  All in all 4/5 from me, would have liked to have seen more than 9 episodes in season 2 and sometimes Richard Hammond is a bit annoying, but still a great fun way to pass an hour on a Saturday night when Xfactor and Strictly are not on.

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                  A good show, which makes great Saturday night entertainment

                  Total Wipeout is a game show on every Saturday night on BBC one. It contains commentating by Richard Hammond as he is the host of the show. Initially, there are 20 contestants who you are introduced to. It's rather like Takeshi's Castle (the Japanese game show), but in my opinion it's a bit better. The 20 contestants are narrowed down to just a few who try their wits at the final to win the £10,000 cash prize.

                  First up is an assault course where the contestants slide down and then run across big blocks over water as well as a slippery narrow pipe. They must also go along a boxing wall, where boxing gloves come out and hit the contender off into the mud. They must then try and take on these huge balloon shaped things to bounce down each one. However, contestants barely make it to the second, never mind the third or forth. The contestants then swim to the finish line. Each contestant has their time recorded and the top 12 go through.

                  The next round is a game of 'Sweeper' where the contestants stand on high boards and a sweeping machine with rubber coating comes round to try and knock them off. The speed and height at which the Sweeper moves increases over time. 6 Qualify by being the last 6 standing from this round.

                  The third round is one of two games. My favourite is the Dizzy Dummies one where the contestants are all spun around before having to make it across an assault course, and if they fall off into the water, they must swim back and try again. The first three to the end go through to the final.

                  The final is a huge assault course with some challenging parts such as climbing up a slope with heavy barrels rolling down and jumping between pillars with bouncy boards. Their times are recorded and the quickest one wins the cup and the £10,000 prize money. It's a really entertaining show and the commentating makes it more exciting. I'd recommend watching it on a Saturday night.

                  Thanks for reading,

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                  Not quite an army assaul course, but looks tough all the same! Defo one to watch!

                  Presented by Richard Hammond, this makes for the kind of Saturday night viewing that has you cringing and cheering people on all the same. As i'm sure is the same for alot of you out there, I'm accustomed to seeing Hammond playing an active part in a role - Top Gear and Brainiac to name 2. His hair seems to have taken a life of its own, especially in yesterday's show - it was semi slicked back, giving the impression of a weasel trying to balance on his head - not a good look! Amanda Byram plays more of an active role by being out there in the thick of it with the contestants. Her credentials include being a model and a host on The Big Breakfast back in 2001.

                  Now, about the actual show. This British game show began airing on 3rd January 2009 and has been increasing in popularity ever since. 20 contestants battle it out through some of the toughest, and sometimes, just obstacles to make them look ridiculous, to win the end result of £10,000!

                  The qualifying round involves the contestants shouting out some form of slogan(i.e "I'm Daddy Cool and I'm here to Rule"), in an effort to get the crowd behind them. It starts off with a water slide, after which there are various obstacles involving a combination of balance, endurance, stamina, and I don't know what, for those big balls - it has been accomplished a handful of times. Alex from episode 6 and Alice from episode 2 have managed to bounce their way along these swelling red orbs. The technique used, is not as you'd imagine - bounce from one to another, it involved a combination of balance and perseverance - by landing on one and regaining balance, then moving onto the next. The first time this was accomplished, by Alice, Hammond is seen to crack open some champagne - until of course she falls off of the next obstacle! It's hilarious to watch people rebounding off the balls, but at the same time cringe worthy as they crash into the balls with various parts of their anatomy. The Sucker Punch with the purpose built narrow ledge typically ends with contestants landing in the sludge. Humoungous boxing gloves attached to a piston come out through custom made holes in a wall, which the contestant has to make their way to the other side - they are wearing safety clothing to protect them from the impact, so it's Ok to laugh when they get belted in the abdominal! The 12 who manage to make their way through these obstacles make their way to the next round! They thought that was tough, they ain't seen nothing yet!

                  The Sweeper consists of a fairly simple idea - the remaining 12 contestants standing on circular spongy pillars arranged in a circle, that are 13ft above a pool. The klaxon sounds, and a rotating beam with a long red foamy part (wouldn't want to damage the contestants). As the beam spins around the contestants simply have to jump above it and land on their platform - sounds easy, doesn't it? In order to make it even more of a challenge each rotation of the beam results in the beam being raised and revolving quicker, meaning contestants have to jump higher to clear the beam. Once there are 6 contestants remaining, it's simply a case of continuing for, as Hammond puts it, "for fun".

                  Just thinking about the previous assault course, has made me feel knackered! This is not where it ends, the remaining 6 contestants must spurge their final remains of energy and complete the Dizzy Dummies in order to compete for the finale. They are strapped to a rotating drum and spun around rapidly for 45 seconds - similar to a washing machine spin cycle, then released to make their way through various obstacles. Just the idea of being spun so fast makes me nauseous just thinking about it! The obstacles are arranged around a pool so if the contestants happen to fall in, they must begin making their way through the obstacles again.
                  If you've made it through the ordeal, the final battle for the remaining 3 contestants, is the Wipeout Zone. It starts with a 50ft water slide which contestants tackle whilst in an inflatable ring - making it look quite leisurely! Until, that is, they land with a thud into the water, followed by a short swim to the next obstacle. A greasy slope which sounds like a battle against the elements in itself, coupled with barrels being rolled down makes for a proper challenge. The contestants must jump over these barrels and make it to the top of the slope to the relative safety of a ledge. Monkey bars, requiring good upper body strength are next and with the added waterfall, make for a tough ordeal. Almost at the end now - the remaining hurdles consist of a rotating platform, then a rolling beam and a couple of mini-trampolines, where contestants will find the buzzer, signalling that their torture is finally over. Each contestant takes it in turn, against the clock and are not aware of how well/badly they have performed until it is declared by Byram.

                  Throughout, Hammond commentates, sometimes to hilarious effect, but somehow, knowing that he doesn't have to take part, makes me think there should be an edition where he's made to try out the giant red balls and see where he lands!lol!

                  As you'd expect from an assault course, there have been injuries - of which, the celebrity ones have hit the news. Joe Swash (formerly from Eastenders) sustained an arm injury and Cleo Rocos was inflicted with a knee injury. Unless they haven't watched the show and didn;t want to increase their publicity ratings, why go on, then complain - WUSSES! Ratings battles have with Total Wipeout been mesmerising 4.19 million, which has recently blasted ITV out of the water with their Mr & Mrs achieving 3.14 million (digital spy.co.uk Monday July 6th 2009).

                  Unfortunately this can't be watched on BBCiplayer, for some bizarre reason, similar to Crimewatch which has to be watched there and then.

                  If that has whet your appetite and you reckon you could win the loot, you can apply to take part on the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/total_wipeout.shtml. The only requirements are that you must be 18+ (in age, not necessarily size), a resident of the UK and be willing to travel to Buenos Aires for the purpose of filming - sounds like an ordeal!lol Applications must be posted back (an age old method of communication) after downloading it in Word format.

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                    Lots of people get wet and play with some big red balls

                    Simply put this is silly and hosted by the 5 foot 7 Richard Hammond. For those wanting to know more read on...

                    Total Wipeout is a game show (not quiz show) in which 20 contestants start and only 1 wins the prize (£10,000) after going through 4 stages of humiliation, water and dirt. For those of you familiar with Takeshi's Castle this will fit right into your TV viewing at it's scheduled hour slot (19:20-20:20 on a Saturday evening) as it takes a similar idea (silly games and people flying about) and Westernises the idea.

                    The show starts with an assault course concept for the contestants with the first 12 (of 20) qualifying for the next round. This stage features several sections with some of them changing but the main 2 seemingly remaining. Those two are the boxing wall (cross in front of a wall that has gloves throwing punches at you), which almost always sees people covered in mud and on their knees after being punched. The second main one is the Big balls (no not little hamsters) which are 4 giant foam balls that need to be crossed one by one over a pool of water (often seeing the muddy contestants getting cleaned).

                    The top 12 then progress onto "The sweeper" which sees the remaining players standing on a platform each as a sweeping arm comes around trying to knock them off. Again players are eliminated depending on their position (the top 6 qualify for the next round, the rest go home) with the winners going on to either of the third round games.

                    The third round seems to either being Dizzy Dummies or some treadmill thing. Sadly the treadmill thing is a bit pap. Dizzy dummies is quite fun as it sees the players getting spun around then doing another assault course type thing over water. The top 3 go into the final round, but this is often one of the best parts of the show as the event sees idiots falling off and needing to go back in a race against each other.

                    The final is another assault course, the race this time has a prize, £10,000. With each person going once at a time and not knowing the times of the others this is a matter of rushing and sometimes losing it just because your rushing. This stage is always done at night (so I'm presuming here) that each show is filmed over the duration of a single day. The again sees the contestants getting wet, dizzy and tired as the bets 3 race for the prize in what's usually a great combination of tension and comedy.

                    What the show also includes is Top Gears (and Brainiacs) Richard Hammond hosting and commentating on the show (Craig Charles' job on the English translation of Takeshi's Castle) giving each contests a silly name "Fast Eric" or "Slippy Joe" for example based on something they've said or done. These often stick for the full episode with him never really referring to the contestants by their true names through out (though their nick names are their first name added to something usually) and can have quite a childish humour that appeal to a slightly intoxicated me on a Saturday after a hard day at work and not a great deal of food.

                    For those who would rather watch Antiques Roadshow than Gladiators you can put BBC4 on and what ever their showing. For those of you who can mix your slapstick real action comedy with assault courses this is ideal for you. Often this seems like the auditions of X factor as portrayed as visual instead of vocal, with fat people falling into mud, off balls and generally getting wet. Simple things amuse simple minds however and I'm blonde so well, I'm obviously easily entertained by people falling over and being forced into involuntary back flips into water.

                    Overall this is ideal and just what BBC1 needed as light entertainment on a Saturday night to replace the conceptually clever but badly performed "Hole in The Wall" as a light hearted comedy game show. Thankfully with out the annoyance that is Anton Du Beke who should either go back to dancing, or just the sod the...(insert a naughty word here boys and girls) off my TV. Finally BBC have hit the jackpot in the evening entertainment show on a Saturday, something they've been found to have lacked in recent years trying to fill the gap with relative garbage.

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                    20 contestants compete in a series of challenges in an attempt to win £10,000.