There are no doubt several people who've never heard of this one, and it doesn't suprise me. Whittle was one of the first shows on Channel 5 when it was launched back in 97, however it has probably gained more popularity now second time round, as its being repeated on Sky on Challenge TV. For those of you who have never seen it I would wholeheartedly recommend that you try and tune in and give it a crack. It is a very basic and simple yet clever idea for a game show. The prizes and set aren't the most upmarket but this all adds to the ombience of the show. It is presented by Tim Vine, who is also a very funny stand up comedien. He helps make the show what it is because his constant one liners in between questions are hilarious. Even the bad ones are funny because they're so bad! The show starts with Tim introducing the '4 to follow'. These are the 4 people that the computer has supposedly picked out as the 4 most likely people to win the show. This gives the chance for a bit of conversation and also the chance for a couple of Tims 1 liners. There are 100 people in the audience altogether, and they double as the contestants in the show. Tim Vine stands at the front along with a large computer screen. The show starts off with a fairly simple multiple choice question with 4 possible answers. Each member of the audience has a key pad and has 10 seconds to select an answer for the question. After the 10 seconds the answer and the way people have voted is shown on the computer screen. There are always a couple of people who make a stupid answer and these are normally asked to own up who they are so that Tim can have some fun with them. This format continues for another couple of questions until the half way point in the show, where just before the break the contestants have to be whittled down to a final ten. Therefore if theres more than 10 left in, the quickest 10 correct answers from the previous question qualify for
the final round. After the break the 10 qualifiers are brought to the front of the studio and they'll be asked to name something they love and something they hate, and to basically introduce themselves. The same practice comes as before for as multiple questions are asked and the contestants are whittled down. The difference this time is that once they are eliminated they have to wear the famous 'Whittle mask' on their face, which is the ultimate humiliation. Once 1 person is remaining (this can be based on a fastest finger first after all questions are asked), they win the 250-00. They can boost that to 500-00 if they win the final round of putting 4 choices in the right order. If they get it wrong, everyone in the audience gets to vote on the same question and the people with the correct answers get to share the 250-00 put between themselves. All in all this is a great idea for a game show and I would love to see a new series. It is quite light hearted and funny, which makes a change for todays game shows where it all seems to be based on pressure and nastiness, as if there isn't enough of this around already! If you get chance tune into Challenge TV and watch one of the repeats, im certain you'll be glad you do.
I actually appeared on Whittle which was a complete accident and will be a constant source of embarrassment as long as they keep repeating it. I had only gone along to keep my brother in law company and certainly never expected (or wanted) to get whittled down to the last ten. After the adverts though, there I was, one of the lucky ten who got to make idiots of themselves in front of millions (well thousands) of people on national television. Judging by my deadpan expression, I was obviously in shock which was further proved by the fact that I could only speak in monosyllables!! When the first question came up, the screen was so far across the studio I couldn't read it without my glasses, so I didn't even get one question right!! I was one of the first to wear a Whittle mask and was actually really relieved since I was only on screen for about 2 minutes so hopefully no one recognised me!!
I have been watching a gameshow called 'Whittle' on Challenge TV, weeknights at 9pm. I came across it by accident as it followed on from The Crystal Maze which my son loves to watch. It was a show that was first shown on Channel 5 a few years ago. I never saw it before and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy it and believe it has potential should they decide to revive it. It has similarities to Who Wants To Be a Millionaire but it involves the whole audience. There are 100 players in the audience and they each have a keypad, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4. A multiple choice question is asked and the 100 players select their choice. The players that get the question wrong are out of the game. The remaining players continue to the next question and so on. Halfway through the show, if there are more than 10 players remaining, the next question will be timed so that the first 10 quickest correct answers will go through to the next round. These 10 are then sat together and the game continues. If there is more than 1 person remaining by the last question then it is a timed question again until just 1 player remains. The other players have been Whittled away during the game. The last player then has to place correctly in order either events, dates or things of size similar to the starting question in Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The remaining 99 can also have a go because if the winner gets the order wrong then whoever in the audience does, will share the prize money. It is a cheaply put together show. The winning prize money is only £250 with the chance for the winner to win another £250 should he get the order correct. If not, the £250 is shared amongst the audience that do get it right. This can sometimes be as little as £5+ or as much as £125. The host of the show is Tim Vine, whom I think is a very witty, funny looking man. He adds humour to the show by telling jok
es in between questions and taking the mickey out of people that get an obvious question wrong. As I mentioned before, this show has potential. It could be totally revamped, keeping the idea of the game the same, keep Tim Vine as well but make the set look a bit more expensive and also increase the prize money! It would be a shame to let a good game show idea go to waste. Maybe this is what Who Wants to be a Millionaire is based on?