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== Host ==
 
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[[Sue Robbie]] (original host)
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== Host ==
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[[Richard Madeley]]
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Daytime:<br>
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[[Sue Robbie]] (1985-88)<br>
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[[Simon Potter]] (1989-90)
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[[Simon Potter]]
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Primetime: [[Richard Madeley]]
== Co-hosts ==
== Co-hosts ==
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[[Marian Chanter]] (with Richard Madeley)
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[[Marian Chanter]] (''Primetime'')
Voiceover: [[Charles Foster]]
Voiceover: [[Charles Foster]]
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== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
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Granada for ITV, 1985-90
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Granada for ITV, 13 May 1985 to 6 July 1990 (Daytime: 272 episodes in 6 series)
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Later series co-produced by Action Time
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12 April 1988 to 6 June 1989 (Primetime: 26 episodes in 2 series)
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== Synopsis ==
== Synopsis ==
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Typical quiz in the ITV summer-replacement-for-''[[Blockbusters]]''-in-the-afternoon style. This one was rather more entertaining and enjoyable than the rest - admittedly not quite as good or long-running as [[Blockbusters]], but certainly a decent enough show. Two contestants (initially teens, adults in later series) buzz on a question, earn points, reveal picture, try and spot connection, win bonus. (This round was called 'Connect The Clue'). Also, in the Sue Robbie and Richard Madeley eras at least, there was a 'Find The Figure' round, in which a correct answer revealed either a number or a mathematical symbol: the sum went in a clockwise direction around the board, ending with an 'equals' sign, and the contestants had to buzz in to give the answer to the sum, which was concealed behind the centre square. Madeley used to claim that he hated that round, because he had apparently struggled with his maths exams - as if we cared.
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Though a summer replacement for ''[[Blockbusters]]'', this affable quiz mixed general knowledge quizzing with lateral thinking and a frisson of [[Countdown]]-style brainpower.  
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The winner went through to an end game ('Link The Letters') where they'd be given 45 seconds (represented by 45 lights beneath the game board that would gradually light up) they'd try an answer eight questions. If they got one right then one of the screens would reveal a letter (the first letter of the answer). After the eight questions whatever time they had left the contestant would use to try and find the mystery eight letter word, arranged clockwise, much more difficult with some of the letters missing and without knowing where the word started. They did change this in a later version of the show by having the eight letters arranged in circular form, but still without revealing where it actually started. Scarily. Bizarrely, although the 'first letter of each answer' rule applied throughout all the series, only Robbie ever seemed to make any regular mention of it - Madeley and Potter very rarely, if ever, did so! During the Sue Robbie era, the winners stayed on with the chance to play up to four 'Link The Letters' games to win prizes of increasing value, the top one usually being a worldwide holiday (rather like the Gold Runs on [[Blockbusters]]). During the Madeley- and Potter-eras, the game usually only served to increase the contestants' scores, rather than win them prizes.  
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The meat of the quiz was called 'Connect The Clue'. The two contestants (initially teens, adults in later series) would buzz in for the opportunity to answer a standard general knowledge question for 10 points. After each question, a picture clue would be revealed on a projection board along with a short accompanying verbal description from Voiceover Man in case the picture isn't self evident (e.g. if the clue was TILT, the picture might be the Leaning Tower of Pisa with the verbal description "Its *tilt* is over 5 degrees"). Once two clues have been revealed, the contestant in control has a few seconds to work out the connection between them for 100 points. After an incorrect guess or running out of time, the next on-the-buzzer question was asked for control of the next clue. The value of the connection answer would drop by 10 points each time a picture was revealed. If the connection wasn't found by the contestant on the final clue, the answer was simply revealed without the other player having one final guess at it, so control of the buzzer was often important in the latter stages of the round.
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During the Simon Potter era, the end game (by then known as 'The Final Connection') involved being given the first and last of eight pictures (normally of famous people) on the board, then, with the help of up to three clues, having to identify the next picture in the sequence, which would have a connection of some sort (such as a shared surname) with the pictures before and after it. (One example was: Tony Hancock; Sheila Hancock; John Thaw and so on until the final one, which was Sid James).
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<div class="image">[[File:Connections picboard.jpg|400px]]''Connect The Clue''</div>
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Noted for a set that looked quite hi-tech and very eighties. Quite cool actually.
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In the early (ie Robbie/Madeley) series, the game board was used to play a round called 'Find The Figure', where eight-part mathematical equation was revealed in a clockwise pattern around the board and contestants had to buzz in and state the total hidden in the central square. Madeley, rather annoyingly, used to claim that he hated that round, because he had apparently struggled with maths exams - as if we cared.
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The quiz always seemed to work better with student, rather than adult, contestants, and Sue Robbie was always the best presenter - somehow, neither Richard Madeley nor Simon Potter (Madeley in particular) ever seemed quite right for it. It was certainly no bad thing that Madeley only lasted one series on the show - however, Potter, to be fair, did improve somewhat in his final series.
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After several rounds of connections, the high scorer would go on to the end game which, in some ways, is worthy of an article in itself, both for being  clever as well as the very flexible way in which it was used over the different series.
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<div class="image">[[File:Connections n-rrowl-.jpg|400px]]''Link The Letters''</div>
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The basic 'Link The Letters' game allowed the contestant 50 seconds (represented by 50 lights that light up beneath the game board) to find an eight-letter word. They had eight questions to answer - if they got it right, the first letter of that answer would be placed in the right place on the game board. (Bizarrely, although the 'first letter of each answer' rule applied throughout all the series, only Robbie ever seemed to make any regular mention of it - Madeley and Potter very rarely, if ever, did so.) If not, they simply had to pass and go onto the next question. After the eight questions were used up, the contestant would use whatever time they had left to try and find the mystery word, arranged clockwise, which sounds simple but becomes more difficult when some of the letters are missing and the word could start on any position.
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<div class="image">[[File:Connections contestants.jpg|400px]]''Cue the contestants...''</div>
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During the early Robbie-series, contestants would only be allowed one chance to guess the word, with the inevitable result that some words, especially those that were a combination of two four-letter words, would be incorrectly identified (such as 'Backdraw' instead of 'Drawback' and 'Lamphead' instead of 'Headlamp'). Frankly, this seemed a bit harsh, given that the contestants were all young at the time. Thankfully, the rule was changed in later series to allow more than one guess - but even then, success was certainly not guaranteed, especially on one occasion, when a Scottish contestant had to identify the word as 'Mahogany' and he, not unnaturally, given his nationality, thought it was 'Hogmanay' - although the letters were always arranged in the correct order, it could be all too easy to start on the wrong letter when a contestant had a word in his/her mind that seemed to fit but actually didn't. <!-- This seems to imply that in early series, the letters were simply an eight-letter anagram and were later put into a circular arrangement to solve this problem; is that right? No, sorry for the confusion, it was simply that contestants could be confused about where the words started and finished and what letters were missing, so they could quite often suggest a word that didn't fit the order shown. There were certainly never any anagrams in this round. --> However, on the flipside, there was a teenage contestant who managed to get the word ('Neckline') with only 4 or maybe 5 letters in place, much to Robbie's ill-disguised amazement. Presumably, said contestant had managed to work out the correct answers to some of the questions he had got wrong and therefore figured out where their initial letters fitted in on the board.
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<div class="image">[[File:Connections suerobbie.jpg|400px]]''Sue Robbie models Phildar Funky Fashion Pattern A3605''</div>
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During the Robbie era, the winners stayed on with the chance to play up to four (later only three) 'Link The Letters' games to win prizes of increasing value, the top one usually being a worldwide holiday (rather like the Gold Runs on [[Blockbusters]]). During the Madeley- and Potter-eras, the game usually only served to increase the contestants' scores, rather than win them prizes.
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During the Potter era, the end game (by then known as 'The Final Connection') involved being given the first and last of eight pictures (normally of famous people) on the board, then, with the help of up to three clues, having to identify the next picture in the sequence, which would have a connection of some sort (such as a shared surname) with the pictures before and after it. One example was: Tony Hancock; Sheila Hancock; John Thaw and so on until the final one, which was Sid James.
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Overall, an enjoyable and well-produced quiz, but definitely at its best during the Robbie-era, as she was the best host - true, she had a good deal of the schoolmarm about her, given that she was a former teacher, but she still worked well as host, and the show always seemed better with teenage contestants anyway. Unfortunately, Madeley did not prove to be a good host - he could often be quite patronising and rude to his contestants, and his silly remarks about 'leaving contestants sweltering in the spotlight' if a commercial break occurred before a 'Link The Letters' round and about 'throwing a white sheet over contestants and leaving them there for 7 days' at the end of shows did not exactly help either. Thankfully, he only lasted one series, since he was soon to move onto 'This Morning' with his wife, Judy Finnigan - he was definitely better on that.
== Key moments ==
== Key moments ==
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Good, tense end game.
Good, tense end game.
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During one of the Sue Robbie series, the first two pictures on the board in the 'Connect The Clue' round were 'Sue Robbie' and 'Throwing a punch'. When asked to find the connection, the teenage contestant responded, "They all have trouble in nightclubs!" Sue was not impressed and answered, "You cheeky thing - no, that's not our connection!" before moving swiftly onto the next question. (The actual connection was 'Names of puppets', 'Sue' being as in Soo from 'The Sooty Show).
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During one of the Sue Robbie series, the first two pictures on the board in the 'Connect The Clue' round were 'Sue Robbie' and 'Throwing a punch'. When asked to find the connection, the teenage contestant responded, "They all have trouble in nightclubs." Robbie was not impressed and answered, "You cheeky thing - no, that's not our connection!" before moving swiftly onto the next question. (The actual connection was 'Names of puppets', 'Sue' being as in Soo from 'The Sooty Show).
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There was at least one occasion where Voiceover Man Charles Foster admitted to struggling with one of the connections, thus proving that adults could sometimes find said connections as hard as the teenage contestants did. In this case, the teenagers had failed to guess the connection (the clues had consisted entirely of cities, including Winchester, Istanbul and Melbourne), and Robbie asked Foster to reveal the connection. The latter responded, "Well, Sue, it's a good thing I've got it written down, otherwise I wouldn't know it myself. The connection is - they're all former capital cities".
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In the final show of the penultimate Robbie-series, in a cheeky piece of self-reference, the last 'Connect The Clues connection was 'Connections', which both contestants failed to get. The clues had included arches, dots and a globe, which had appeared in the opening sequence, as well as 'Question - an 8-letter word' and, inevitably, the final clue was 'Sue Robbie'. The very last show the following year ended with Robbie and Foster reminiscing about the last few years and all the holidays that had been given away - it also featured an on-screen appearance by Foster, apparently in response to a number of viewers' requests. During the Madeley-series, which started soon after that, there was a silly running gag in which Foster was meant to appear on camera, but was blocked off by a studio lamp on one occasion and dropped his script at the vital moment on another. However, he did feature in full profile on screen at the end of the series.
== Catchphrases ==
== Catchphrases ==
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(Sue Robbie): "Hello - and a very warm welcome from all the 'Connections' team!"
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(Robbie): "Hello - and a very warm welcome from all the 'Connections' team!"
"What's the connection?"
"What's the connection?"
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"Well done - you've made the connection!" or "Found the figure!" or "Linked the letters!" - depending obviously on the round concerned.
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"No, that's not our connection..."
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(If neither contestant managed to find the connection), "...So I'll have to ask Charles to tell us the connection!"
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(If neither contestant managed to find the connection), "...So I'll have to ask Charles to tell us the connection."
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(Before the 'Link The Letters' round): "You've got fifty seconds in which to do it - keep your eye on the board - and your connection time starts...now!" (Simon Potter came out with a similar catchphrase, namely: "Your 'Connections' clock starts...now!")
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(Before the 'Link The Letters' round): "You've got fifty seconds in which to do it - keep your eye on the board - and your connection time starts...now!" (Simon Potter changed this to: "Your 'Connections' clock starts...now!")
"Let's see if you're right!"
"Let's see if you're right!"
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(If a contestant failed to 'Link The Letters'): "Bad luck - let's fill in the letters and see what the word should read...."
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"...(Whoever) has now won four games, and, under the rules of the programme, a contestant can only play four games before we ask him/her to retire - but, before he/she goes, he/she has one final chance to Link The Letters".
"Charles - don't keep us in suspense - tell us what he/she's won!"
"Charles - don't keep us in suspense - tell us what he/she's won!"
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(Richard Madeley, when reading out a question as the 'time's up' buzzer sounded): "I've started....so I'll stop!"
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"Well done - you've made the connection!" or "Found the figure" or "Linked the letters" - depending obviously on the round concerned.
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(Madeley, when reading out a question as the 'time's up' buzzer sounded): "I've started....so I'll stop!"
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== Theme music ==
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Composed by Bill Connor
== Trivia ==
== Trivia ==
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Host [[Sue Robbie]] also did Saturday Morning show ''[[Knock Your Block Off|TX]]'' with [[Tony Slattery]] and was last seen doing insurance adverts with Bill Dod (of ''[[Timekeepers]]'' and Aldi fame). Another notable point about Sue was that she was one of the first female quiz hosts to present on her own, since up until the mid-1980's, the quiz host role was almost entirely male-dominated. She was soon to be followed by the likes of Debbie Greenwood ([[First Class]]), [[Angela Rippon]] ([[Masterteam]] and [[What's My Line?]]), Penelope Keith (also [[What's My Line?]]) and Sarah Kennedy ([[Busman's Holiday]]), among others.
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Host [[Sue Robbie]] also did Saturday Morning show ''[[Knock Your Block Off|TX]]'' with [[Tony Slattery]] and was last seen doing insurance adverts with Bill Dod (of ''[[Timekeepers]]'' and Aldi fame). Another notable point about Sue was that she was one of the first female quiz hosts to present on her own, since up until the mid-1980's, the quiz host role was almost entirely male-dominated. She was soon to be followed by the likes of [[Debbie Greenwood]] ([[First Class]]), [[Angela Rippon]] ([[Masterteam]] and [[What's My Line?]]), Penelope Keith (also [[What's My Line?]]) and [[Sarah Kennedy]] ([[Busman's Holiday]]), among others.
Marian Chanter co-hosted in the year following her success on [[The Krypton Factor]]. She presented the part of the show in which she was somewhere in the UK associated with a famous person and she would give clues related to that person in order for viewers to write in with the answer and win one of 5 prizes, which may have been the 'Connections' goody-bags that contestants were also given. Marian did an excellent job in this slot, which was one of the few good points of an otherwise substandard series.
Marian Chanter co-hosted in the year following her success on [[The Krypton Factor]]. She presented the part of the show in which she was somewhere in the UK associated with a famous person and she would give clues related to that person in order for viewers to write in with the answer and win one of 5 prizes, which may have been the 'Connections' goody-bags that contestants were also given. Marian did an excellent job in this slot, which was one of the few good points of an otherwise substandard series.
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During the Sue Robbie-era, all contestants were given a 'Connections Camera' and the money that they won went to a charity of their choice. During the Richard Madeley-era, the contestants won a 'goody-bag', and the 'money for charity' arrangement continued. When Simon Potter took over, losing contestants would get a mini-TV and the winners would play for money in the end game - initially £1,000, later £400.
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During the Robbie-era, all contestants were given a 'Connections Camera' and the money that they won went to a charity of their choice. (Cameras, quite possibly lasting over from 'Connections', were also given to contestants in a later Granada quiz, namely [[Perception]]). During the Madeley-era, the contestants won a 'goody-bag', and the 'money for charity' arrangement continued. When Potter took over, losing contestants would get a mini-TV and the winners would play for money in the end game - initially £1,000, later £400.
John Huntley, the producer for early series of the show was also a presenter and producer of ''Granada Reports'' at the same time. He later became head of news at Granada before leaving the company in 1992.
John Huntley, the producer for early series of the show was also a presenter and producer of ''Granada Reports'' at the same time. He later became head of news at Granada before leaving the company in 1992.
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Bizarrely, a US pilot was shot for this in 2006.
Bizarrely, a US pilot was shot for this in 2006.
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== Theme music ==
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Not related to the current (and much harder) quiz [[Only Connect (2)]], although there are certain similarities between the two.
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Composed by Bill Connor
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== Web links ==
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<div class="video"><object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/25al0x7v4bo&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/25al0x7v4bo&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>''The opening titles from the Sue Robbie era''</div>
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connections_(game_show) Wikipedia entry]
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[[Category:Granada Productions]]
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Current revision as of 16:34, 26 March 2020

Contents

Host

Daytime:
Sue Robbie (1985-88)
Simon Potter (1989-90)

Primetime: Richard Madeley

Co-hosts

Marian Chanter (Primetime)

Voiceover: Charles Foster

Broadcast

Granada for ITV, 13 May 1985 to 6 July 1990 (Daytime: 272 episodes in 6 series)

12 April 1988 to 6 June 1989 (Primetime: 26 episodes in 2 series)

Synopsis

Though a summer replacement for Blockbusters, this affable quiz mixed general knowledge quizzing with lateral thinking and a frisson of Countdown-style brainpower.

The meat of the quiz was called 'Connect The Clue'. The two contestants (initially teens, adults in later series) would buzz in for the opportunity to answer a standard general knowledge question for 10 points. After each question, a picture clue would be revealed on a projection board along with a short accompanying verbal description from Voiceover Man in case the picture isn't self evident (e.g. if the clue was TILT, the picture might be the Leaning Tower of Pisa with the verbal description "Its *tilt* is over 5 degrees"). Once two clues have been revealed, the contestant in control has a few seconds to work out the connection between them for 100 points. After an incorrect guess or running out of time, the next on-the-buzzer question was asked for control of the next clue. The value of the connection answer would drop by 10 points each time a picture was revealed. If the connection wasn't found by the contestant on the final clue, the answer was simply revealed without the other player having one final guess at it, so control of the buzzer was often important in the latter stages of the round.

Connect The Clue

In the early (ie Robbie/Madeley) series, the game board was used to play a round called 'Find The Figure', where eight-part mathematical equation was revealed in a clockwise pattern around the board and contestants had to buzz in and state the total hidden in the central square. Madeley, rather annoyingly, used to claim that he hated that round, because he had apparently struggled with maths exams - as if we cared.

After several rounds of connections, the high scorer would go on to the end game which, in some ways, is worthy of an article in itself, both for being clever as well as the very flexible way in which it was used over the different series.

Link The Letters

The basic 'Link The Letters' game allowed the contestant 50 seconds (represented by 50 lights that light up beneath the game board) to find an eight-letter word. They had eight questions to answer - if they got it right, the first letter of that answer would be placed in the right place on the game board. (Bizarrely, although the 'first letter of each answer' rule applied throughout all the series, only Robbie ever seemed to make any regular mention of it - Madeley and Potter very rarely, if ever, did so.) If not, they simply had to pass and go onto the next question. After the eight questions were used up, the contestant would use whatever time they had left to try and find the mystery word, arranged clockwise, which sounds simple but becomes more difficult when some of the letters are missing and the word could start on any position.

Cue the contestants...

During the early Robbie-series, contestants would only be allowed one chance to guess the word, with the inevitable result that some words, especially those that were a combination of two four-letter words, would be incorrectly identified (such as 'Backdraw' instead of 'Drawback' and 'Lamphead' instead of 'Headlamp'). Frankly, this seemed a bit harsh, given that the contestants were all young at the time. Thankfully, the rule was changed in later series to allow more than one guess - but even then, success was certainly not guaranteed, especially on one occasion, when a Scottish contestant had to identify the word as 'Mahogany' and he, not unnaturally, given his nationality, thought it was 'Hogmanay' - although the letters were always arranged in the correct order, it could be all too easy to start on the wrong letter when a contestant had a word in his/her mind that seemed to fit but actually didn't. However, on the flipside, there was a teenage contestant who managed to get the word ('Neckline') with only 4 or maybe 5 letters in place, much to Robbie's ill-disguised amazement. Presumably, said contestant had managed to work out the correct answers to some of the questions he had got wrong and therefore figured out where their initial letters fitted in on the board.

Sue Robbie models Phildar Funky Fashion Pattern A3605

During the Robbie era, the winners stayed on with the chance to play up to four (later only three) 'Link The Letters' games to win prizes of increasing value, the top one usually being a worldwide holiday (rather like the Gold Runs on Blockbusters). During the Madeley- and Potter-eras, the game usually only served to increase the contestants' scores, rather than win them prizes.

During the Potter era, the end game (by then known as 'The Final Connection') involved being given the first and last of eight pictures (normally of famous people) on the board, then, with the help of up to three clues, having to identify the next picture in the sequence, which would have a connection of some sort (such as a shared surname) with the pictures before and after it. One example was: Tony Hancock; Sheila Hancock; John Thaw and so on until the final one, which was Sid James.

Overall, an enjoyable and well-produced quiz, but definitely at its best during the Robbie-era, as she was the best host - true, she had a good deal of the schoolmarm about her, given that she was a former teacher, but she still worked well as host, and the show always seemed better with teenage contestants anyway. Unfortunately, Madeley did not prove to be a good host - he could often be quite patronising and rude to his contestants, and his silly remarks about 'leaving contestants sweltering in the spotlight' if a commercial break occurred before a 'Link The Letters' round and about 'throwing a white sheet over contestants and leaving them there for 7 days' at the end of shows did not exactly help either. Thankfully, he only lasted one series, since he was soon to move onto 'This Morning' with his wife, Judy Finnigan - he was definitely better on that.

Key moments

Good, tense end game.

During one of the Sue Robbie series, the first two pictures on the board in the 'Connect The Clue' round were 'Sue Robbie' and 'Throwing a punch'. When asked to find the connection, the teenage contestant responded, "They all have trouble in nightclubs." Robbie was not impressed and answered, "You cheeky thing - no, that's not our connection!" before moving swiftly onto the next question. (The actual connection was 'Names of puppets', 'Sue' being as in Soo from 'The Sooty Show).

There was at least one occasion where Voiceover Man Charles Foster admitted to struggling with one of the connections, thus proving that adults could sometimes find said connections as hard as the teenage contestants did. In this case, the teenagers had failed to guess the connection (the clues had consisted entirely of cities, including Winchester, Istanbul and Melbourne), and Robbie asked Foster to reveal the connection. The latter responded, "Well, Sue, it's a good thing I've got it written down, otherwise I wouldn't know it myself. The connection is - they're all former capital cities".

In the final show of the penultimate Robbie-series, in a cheeky piece of self-reference, the last 'Connect The Clues connection was 'Connections', which both contestants failed to get. The clues had included arches, dots and a globe, which had appeared in the opening sequence, as well as 'Question - an 8-letter word' and, inevitably, the final clue was 'Sue Robbie'. The very last show the following year ended with Robbie and Foster reminiscing about the last few years and all the holidays that had been given away - it also featured an on-screen appearance by Foster, apparently in response to a number of viewers' requests. During the Madeley-series, which started soon after that, there was a silly running gag in which Foster was meant to appear on camera, but was blocked off by a studio lamp on one occasion and dropped his script at the vital moment on another. However, he did feature in full profile on screen at the end of the series.

Catchphrases

(Robbie): "Hello - and a very warm welcome from all the 'Connections' team!"

"What's the connection?"

"No, that's not our connection..."

(If neither contestant managed to find the connection), "...So I'll have to ask Charles to tell us the connection."

(Before the 'Link The Letters' round): "You've got fifty seconds in which to do it - keep your eye on the board - and your connection time starts...now!" (Simon Potter changed this to: "Your 'Connections' clock starts...now!")

"Let's see if you're right!"

(If a contestant failed to 'Link The Letters'): "Bad luck - let's fill in the letters and see what the word should read...."

"...(Whoever) has now won four games, and, under the rules of the programme, a contestant can only play four games before we ask him/her to retire - but, before he/she goes, he/she has one final chance to Link The Letters".

"Charles - don't keep us in suspense - tell us what he/she's won!"

"Well done - you've made the connection!" or "Found the figure" or "Linked the letters" - depending obviously on the round concerned.

(Madeley, when reading out a question as the 'time's up' buzzer sounded): "I've started....so I'll stop!"

Theme music

Composed by Bill Connor

Trivia

Host Sue Robbie also did Saturday Morning show TX with Tony Slattery and was last seen doing insurance adverts with Bill Dod (of Timekeepers and Aldi fame). Another notable point about Sue was that she was one of the first female quiz hosts to present on her own, since up until the mid-1980's, the quiz host role was almost entirely male-dominated. She was soon to be followed by the likes of Debbie Greenwood (First Class), Angela Rippon (Masterteam and What's My Line?), Penelope Keith (also What's My Line?) and Sarah Kennedy (Busman's Holiday), among others.

Marian Chanter co-hosted in the year following her success on The Krypton Factor. She presented the part of the show in which she was somewhere in the UK associated with a famous person and she would give clues related to that person in order for viewers to write in with the answer and win one of 5 prizes, which may have been the 'Connections' goody-bags that contestants were also given. Marian did an excellent job in this slot, which was one of the few good points of an otherwise substandard series.

During the Robbie-era, all contestants were given a 'Connections Camera' and the money that they won went to a charity of their choice. (Cameras, quite possibly lasting over from 'Connections', were also given to contestants in a later Granada quiz, namely Perception). During the Madeley-era, the contestants won a 'goody-bag', and the 'money for charity' arrangement continued. When Potter took over, losing contestants would get a mini-TV and the winners would play for money in the end game - initially £1,000, later £400.

John Huntley, the producer for early series of the show was also a presenter and producer of Granada Reports at the same time. He later became head of news at Granada before leaving the company in 1992.

Originally produced at Granada's own digs in Quay Street, Manchester, later series were recorded at a studio in Kearsley (between Bolton and Manchester).

Bizarrely, a US pilot was shot for this in 2006.

Not related to the current (and much harder) quiz Only Connect (2), although there are certain similarities between the two.

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Wikipedia entry

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