Get Your Own Back

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Dave Benson Phillips


Lisa Brockwell (later series)


BBC 1, 26th Sept. 1991 to 2003


For a while in the 1990s, Dave Benson Phillips felt the need to live a double life, a Jekyll-and-Hyde existence. By day, Nice Dave Benson was an utterly trustworthy father figure on Playdays; by night, Naughty Dave Benson was and still is the most unpredictable, crazy gungemeister since Stu Francis. (Peter Simon? Get out of town!)

Host Dave Benson Phillips

GYOB mutated through a few different formats (variable numbers of teams, selection of end games) but the principle has remained constant throughout. Two or three competing teams are composed of a child and a parent/relative/teacher/celeb who has committed some dreadful crime such as being old, singing badly or insisting upon a tidy room. A series of inflatable-dependent games follows in which the kid has to propel item A from location B to location C using implement D while their parent tries to prevent the same happening by use of implement E whilst randomly dressed up as a giant F and given miscellaneous handicap G. Points are awarded for each item A so propelled within a time limit.

At the end of the show, the child who has gained most points has earned the right to Get Their Own Back upon their parentrelativeteacherceleb by dunking them into a 2'6" deep pool of colourful gunge (total immersions usual). Early versions of the show gave p/r/t/cs the chance to pre-emptively get their own back upon the child by involving them in something slime-related as well, though "children are not permitted without an adult" so the adults inevitably get it in the end. Yay!

Key moments

Peter Simon appearing on every single celeb special and randomly tripping up and falling into the gunge - even if he wasn't scheduled to be a contestant!


Devised by Brian Marshall. Games devised by the Chatterbox Partnership.


The show was sent lots of (presumably unsolicited) ideas for games by children - and why not? - so formally invited ideas from viewers, inviting lucky bugg... sorry, successful designers onto the set to see their game played for real. Or, rather, as close an approximation to the submitted game as could be fashioned from the BBC budget.

Theme Tune

The theme appears to nick the riff from top Slade song We'll Bring the House Down. Accident or design? You decide.


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