Cannon and Ball's Casino


Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball


ITV, 1990


It's a little known fact that Cannon and Ball own a licence to run a casino. Little-known, that is, because it isn't actually true. Ah well.

Three couples answered general knowledge questions to win money in casino style games. The first round was the Fruit Machine where top of the range BBC Micro graphics would show money amounts or a prize. Whichever one mysteriously lined up, as they always did (C&B obviously running a loss leader, there) would be what that question was worth.

Ball and Cannon, in that order

They pretty much dropped all casino pretense for the rest of the show, round two involved couples trying to guess things that our hosts were trying to convey to them against the clock through the medium of Ball miming and Cannon dropping large verbal hints.

In-between rounds there would be some variety acts.

In the final round there would be one couple left who would hopefully 'open the safe' (by answering some more general knowledge questions) and win a car.

It turned out that the British public weren't that enamoured by a casino with just one fruit machine in, and was quietly dropped after one series.


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