Gameshow Marathon

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Ant & Dec (2005)

Vernon Kay (2007)


Announcer: Peter Dickson


TalkbackThames for ITV1, 17th September 2005-29th October 2005 and 2007 (7th April-)


To mark ITV's 50th anniversary (and also, we suspect, try out various old shows for a potential full-scale revival), Ant & Dec presented this series of revivals during the autumn of 2005.

Celebrities filled the audience of the very first show in An Audience With... style, and were chosen out of the audience to Come On Down and play The Price is Right. Thereafter, the winning celebrities kept returning on subsequent programmes until either eventually they made it through to the playoffs or they got knocked out. Family Fortunes with real celebrity families was the final payoff.

For more info, please see the pages for the individual shows:

In addition to Challenge's revivial of Bullseye, both Family Fortunes and The Price is Right were brought back for full runs afterwards.

It will return in 2007 with a veteran of the first series, Vernon Kay. The shows that will be used are:


Perhaps surprisingly, this umbrella format has actually been sold abroad. Granada have made a version for CBS, using old American game shows, FreMantle are to make a French version, and there's also a German version in the pipeline (we're pulling for Maus Res Auss, Riskier Was!, Punkt, Punkt, Punkt!, Die 100,000-DM Show, Glucksrad and Geh Aufs Ganze for that one, obviously).

For all the former ITV shows, the relevant ident and jingle (Thames, Central etc) was played after the first commercial break, in the same way that Class of... used to show the BBC2 logo relevant to the year in question.


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