Contestant Calls

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Want to be on TV to win lots of cash, have the holiday of a lifetime, test your knowledge, or generally make a prat of yourself? This is the page to help you do just that. See below for the current opportunities available.

PRODUCERS: If you wish to place an advert here, please refer to our Producer Information page.


Special calls

This section contains specific adverts placed by producers who have contacted this website. When applying for a programme, please let them know you saw their appeal on - thanks!

Labyrinth Lab - online format testing

Labyrinth Games Ltd., run by Crystal Maze and Only Connect alumnus David J. Bodycombe, is looking to run a series of new game show formats over the next few weeks. We are looking for adults who would be prepared to volunteer to help out for some or all of these games, mainly in a contestant capacity.

It is proposed that the games will be run every MONDAY EVENING, from 9pm to a maximum of 11.30pm, though usually it will be much shorter than that.

The games will be run over the Internet using a combination of Google software and YouTube Hangouts. You don’t need to physically travel anywhere, but you will need to satisfy a number of criteria in order for this to work:

1. Most importantly of all, you’ll need to be able to commit to the time and date stated. It will really screw things up if people drop out. In addition, you’ll need to be in a place where you won’t be disturbed during the length of the quiz (up to 2.5 hours maximum).

2. You need to be over 18 years old, a long-term UK resident and playing from the UK. This is due to the question material and possible time lag issues. On most of our planned formats, you will need a reasonable level of quiz knowledge – if you think you could go on Pointless and make a decent fist of it, that’ll do for us. For obvious reasons, you cannot be an active member of a TV production company – sorry.

3. You may need to edit on one screen and watch another screen at the same time. Therefore, you’ll need either a fast 2-screen PC, or a moveable second screen like a tablet or laptop you can place next to your PC. Or two laptops, whatever.

4. You’ll need a decent broadband connection – one capable of streaming 2 or 3 YouTube videos at once (i.e. around 20Mb+) with low-ish ping (suggest 40ms or less).

5. You may need to be ‘on screen’ so you’ll need a webcam that can be enabled. You’ll also need to have a plain or dark background that won’t distract viewers, and reasonable lighting for your face (preferably a positionable desk lamp or two, rather than a top-down room light).

6. For sound clarity, you’ll need a headset that has its own microphone. An in-built laptop mic won’t do.

7. You will need a Google account and maybe even require the know-how to set up a second computer with a second account. Basically, it’ll be an advantage if you’re fairly handy with computers.

The games are mainly for fun at this time. £20 will be given (via PayPal or UK bank transfer) to participants for their trouble - for formats that involve an end game, the finalist(s) will have the chance to win up to £100 as a small cash reward to generate some genuine pressure. The rules relating to the final will be explained clearly in advance.

It’s not been decided yet whether the finished products will be put online immediately, or edited first. However, we do intend to put the shows on YouTube for fan comments.

NOTE: For reasons far too complicated to go into without discussing the formats in great depth, there may be a multitude of reasons why some people may be cast in preference to others. If you are not picked, please don’t be disappointed and do try again next time. We will cast a number of substitutes where necessary – if they are not used for live play, we will do our best to give them first refusal on the next format. Likewise, the techniques we’re using are both extremely new and fairly likely to have problems – if we do have to abandon a particular week’s programme, we will offer contestants another try with either a rerun or another format.

NEXT GAME: We’ll cast each week’s “programme” separately. The first game is a multiple choice trivia quiz called WINDFALL and will be played on MONDAY OCTOBER 7th from 9pm (to 11.30pm maximum). We will need 6 players and up to 3 substitutes.

TO APPLY: Send an email to with “GAME 1″ as your subject heading. In the main body, state your full name, age, usual location, any quiz experience (TV or otherwise) and a couple of sentences about your background.

We are also looking for a ‘right-hand person’ to fill the Wincey Willis/Richard Osman-type roles for score-keeping, time checks, fact backgrounds and so on. If you’re interested in this role, let us know.

Sorry, but we can’t guarantee replies for unsuccessful applicants, but we will try to update this advert once all the places are filled. Everyone, successful or not, is welcome to reapply for future weeks. Details of upcoming formats will be posted on here in due course.

Deadline: 3rd October 2013
Programme type: Online pilot
Interview expenses paid?: N/A
Show expenses paid?: £20 for chosen participants, up to £100 for finalists
Interview cities: N/A

Boom Pictures Quiz Show Pilot for BBC

If you like Scrabble, crosswords, charades and other word games, you will love this.

Boom Pictures need fun, outgoing teams of two people (couples, friends or colleagues) to compete in the pilot of a new wordplay game.

We will audition successful applicants and if you are selected you’ll be invited to take part in the (not-for-broadcast) recorded pilot. We’ll pay a small fee of £40 to each contestant to cover travel and other expenses and if the pilot is successful you will be put on a shortlist of potential contestants to appear on the TV series.

The pilot will be taking place in Cardiff on 18th and 19th October and will feature a well-known presenter.

To apply please email a photo, a small paragraph about yourselves and your contact details as soon as possible to with ‘pilot contestant’ in the subject heading.

Applicants need to be over the age of 18, as in the series there will be a chance to win a cash prize.

Data Protection: We treat the security of your personal information with great importance. The information you provide will be collected and compiled by the producer for the purposes of assessing whether you are a suitable contributor for this show. Please note that we may share your details with the BBC if it is necessary for the purposes of the production. We will not store or use your details for any other purpose unless we obtain your consent to do so.

Deadline: 7th October 2013
Programme type: Pilot
Interview expenses paid?: No
Show expenses paid?: Partly
Interview cities: Cardiff


The brand new quiz show "Timeline" needs teams of two!

Family favourite and funny man Brian Conley hosts SKY’s brand new prime time quiz where ‘Time is Money’. Three teams of two compete against not only each other but an ever diminishing time limit in order to bank THOUSANDS OF POUNDS!

For a taste of what's to come try and tackle our Timeline Teaser..?

Please rearrange these TV puppets into the correct order of when they first appeared on British Television:

Basil Brush...Roland Rat...Zig & Zag...Sooty...Orville The Duck


Will time get on top of you? Will you muddle the minutes, manage the mayhem, mess up the miles or master the musicians?

You and your quiz partner will have to work as quickly - but accurately - as you can to piece together all kinds of marvellous yet monstrous Timelines in order to walk away with the money. Your quiz partner can be absolutely anyone you know so long as both of you are over the age of 18 years old.

We are looking for contestant pairs from the South East of England who think they have what takes to take on the Timelines and bank lots of cash.

All you have to do is email us at and you will receive an auto response with an application form attached. Fill it in and send it back to us... and we will reveal the answers to our Timeline teaser!

Good luck and hurry as places are going fast!

Deadline: 13th September 2013 EXTENDED
Interview expenses paid?: No
Show expenses paid?: Yes
Interview cities: London only.

Only Connect

The popular BBC Four quiz hosted by Victoria Coren returns for a 9th and 10th series in 2014!

It's the quiz where, as in life itself, knowledge will only take you so far: patience and lateral thinking are also vital. It’s all about making connections between things which may appear, at first glance, not to be connected at all.

We’re looking for teams of three players who share a common passion, ability or profession, to pool their combined wits to solve fiendish conundrums and vexing puzzles.

To request an application please email including a contact name and number. The closing date for applications is 4th October 2013, so get them in as soon as possible.

If you applied for a previous series, but were unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again for the new series. Auditions will be held in regional centres across the UK. All applicants must be aged 18+ and U.K. Residents.

Deadline: 4th October 2013
Interview expenses paid?: No
Show expenses paid?: Yes
Interview cities: Around the UK

General information

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This is a list of other programmes which we believe are currently looking for contestants. When applying, it is usually necessary to include details of: your name, address, age, sex, daytime and evening telephone numbers, fax or email (if appropriate), and the name of the show you are applying for.


A general email address for contestants enquiries for BBC ONLY entertainment programmes is:

Contestant calls are posted at

There is also a separate CBBC "Be on a show" page.


Specific contestant calls are regularly posted at

Bargain Hunt:

Fill in the online application form or write to:

Contestant Applications
Bargain Hunt
PO Box 229
BS99 7JN 


The application form for Countdown is now available online (Microsoft Word format only).

Alternatively, you can get a form sent to you by emailing or writing to:

The Television Centre
West Yorkshire

For audience tickets, call 0161 9520408 or email

Deal or No Deal:

Visit to be notified when applications are accepted.


Visit to fill out an application form online.

Alternatively you can email:


The online application form is available for a few months a year.


Prospective contenders can fill in the online application form or write to:

Room 4012
New Broadcasting House
Oxford Road
M60 1SJ


Pairs of players will wish to download the application form (MS Word), or write to:

Pointless Applications
Endemol UK
Shepherd's Building Central
Charecroft Way
W14 0EE

University Challenge:


Only teams from degree-issuing institutions may apply.

For audience tickets, call 0161 9520408 or email

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?:

If applications ever re-open, we can be sure they'll be at the ITV Millionaire site.

Application details are provided as a service to readers, but please note that all contestant enquiries should be directed to the named production company and not to Addresses can be found on our list of contact details for production companies.

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