Beat the Clock



Main hosts of Sunday Night at the London Palladium: Tommy Trinder (1955-8) Bruce Forsyth (1958-60) Don Arrol (1960-1) Bruce Forsyth (again, 1961-2) Norman Vaughan (1962-5) Jimmy Tarbuck (1965-7) Jim Dale (1973-4) Bruce Forsyth (again, 2000)

Guest hosts included: Max Bygraves, Dickie Henderson, Bob Monkhouse, Hughie Green, Alfred Marks, Robert Morley, Arthur Haynes, Tommy Steele, Maria Perego, David Blair, Roger Moore, Lorne Greene, Fess Parker, Des O'Connor, Dave Allen, Lena Horne.

Mike Smith (in a different 1987 format)


Hostesses included: Angela Bracewell


Various companies, 25th September 1955 to 1967

ITV, 1973-4?

ITV, 2000


Game format mainly associated with old-fashioned variety shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

Prizes and money could be won by couples who had been plucked out of the audience moments before. Games involved a mixture of skill, co-ordination, and luck, and were usually cobbled together by cheap props such as balloons, musical instruments or magnetic letters.


"Can you come back next week" - asked of the winners, if they could return as champions on the next show.


Picture 1 - Bruce Forsyth addresses his audience. A giant clock is behind the curtains in the background.


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