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1930'S – SPELLING BEE
• Very first television game show – Spelling Bee – broadcasted in 1938.
• Hosted by Freddie Grisewood and transmitted live from Alexandra Palace at 10
pm on 31 May 1938. About four episodes were produced of the television
• As the title suggests, it was a spelling bee.
• In the TV version, contestants competed against well known television stars of the
era. The running times varied, with the first episode aired in a 15-minute time-
slot, the second and third episodes aired in a 20-minute time-slot, and the fourth
episode aired in a 30-minute time-slot.
1940'S – FACE TO FACE
• An American television game show running 15 minutes. It began broadcasting on
the NBC Television network on Sundays at 8:00 pm EST, immediately before
• The show was on air from June 9, 1946 – January 26, 1947.
• The concept of the show was for a cartoonist to make a drawing of a person he
had never seen, based on a description given by other people. There were also
quiz questions, in which participants had to identify people based on clues.
• The show was hosted by Eddie and Bob Dunn, and a woman only identified as
1950'S – TAKE YOUR PICK!
• A British game show transferred to television in 1955 with the launch of ITV, where it continued until 1968. As it was
the first game show broadcast on commercial television in the UK, it was also by default the first British game show
to offer cash prizes.
• It was originally released from 23 September 1955 – 26 July 1968. It was then later revived from 24 February 1992 to
28 August 1998.
• It had a total of 18 series' (566 episodes which each ran for 30 minutes).
• The presenters were Michael Miles and Des O'Connor.
• During gameplay, contestants would answer a series of questions without using the words yes, no, nod or shake their
heads in what was known as the "Yes-No Interlude". If they failed to answer all the questions, they would
subsequently be gonged off the stage. However, if successful, contestants would answer more questions to win
modest monetary prizes. At the climax of the show, contestants would then be offered the choice of whether to
"take the money"(all money they had earned so far) or "open the box" (opening a box that could contain good
prizes, such as a holiday or a washing machine, but could also contain bad prizes such as a mouse trap or a bag
1960'S – UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
• University Challenge is a British quiz programme that premiered in 1962.
• It aired for 913 episodes on ITV from 21 September 1962 to 31 December 1987.
• Presented by quiz master Bamber Gascoigne.
• The show was a cult favourite with a small but loyal core audience, and was one of a select few ITV shows that were
transmitted without any advertising breaks. Originally, the series started off in many areas, being broadcast at peak
times or just after the nightly news around 22.30.
• Teams consist of four members and represent a single university. The teams aim is to answer the most questions
• "Starter" questions are answered individually "on the buzzer" without conferring and are worth 10 points. "Your
starter for 10" became the programme's most famous catchphrase.
• In the course of the game there are general questions, two picture rounds, one music round and multiple bonus
1970'S – THE GENERATION GAME
• A British game show produced by the BBC in which four teams of two people from the
same family, but different generations, competed to win prizes. The competitions
involved quiz questions and physical activites/challenges.
• For years, The Generation Game was one of the strongest shows in the BBC's Saturday
night line-up, and became the number-one game show on British television during
the 1970s, regularly gaining over 21 million viewers.
• Presented by Bruce Forsyth from 2 October 1971 to 31 December 1977 for 108
• Forsyth always opened the show with "Nice to see you, to see you ..." to which the
audience would shout "Nice!" - one of the most famous catchphrases of all time.
1980'S – BLOCKBUSTERS
• A British television game show in which contestants answer trivia questions to
complete a path across or down a game board of hexagons.
• The programme premiered on 29 August 1983 on ITV and ran for ten series,
ending on the ITV network on 19 May 1993.
• It was presented by Bob Holness for 11 series' (1340 episodes).
• The game board is designed in such a way that a tied game was not a possible
finishing result. Even if all 20 hexagons were filled (which did occur at least twice)
there would always be a winner.
1990'S – HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU
• A British comedy television panel show released on BBC 2. It is know for beginning the
increasing domination of panel shows in British TV comedy, and remains one of the genre's key
• Began on 28 September 1990 and is still on TV with new episodes, now on BBC One.
• For its first 10 years, the programme was shown on BBC Two.
• Presented by Angus Deayton and Team Captains: Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.
• Each captain was accompanied by a guest, usually a politician, journalist or comedian, or
somebody particularly relevant to recent news.
• Round 1 is the "Film Round", Round 2 was originally the "Tabloid Headlines Round", Round 3 is
the "Odd One Out Round" and Round 4 is the "Missing Words Round".
2000'S – DEAL OR NO DEAL
• The show features a single contestant trying to beat the Banker as they open 22
identical sealed red boxes assigned to potential contestants in an order of their
choosing. The boxes contain randomly assigned sums of money inside ranging
from 1p to £250,000.
• The objective is for the contestant to obtain the highest amount of money they
believe they can, whilst the Banker is trying to minimise the amount they have to
• Presented by Noel Edmonds on Channel 4.
• First broadcast on 31 October 2005, the programme aired six days a week
excluding Saturdays for the entire year for its first eight seasons.
2016 – DARA O BRIAIN'S GO 8 BIT
• A British comedy panel game show
• The TV series stars comedian Dara Ó Briain as host, with McNeil and Pamphilon as team
captains, and video game journalist Ellie Gibson as the resident expert. The show involves
McNeil and Pamphilon and their teammates playing a series of five video games against each
• There are five rounds played:
• A classic video game, played by all four players.
• The favourite games of the two guests, with the guest playing against the opposing team
• A modern big hit game.
• A humorous take on a more unusual game.