Simon Biagi


Carlton Select, 1998 (130 programmes)


This one's a shame, really, as Clive Doig is normally the gamesmeister for this type of show.

The host is not to be confused with Simon Onion-Bhaji, who we've just invented. Gridlock is a word game which is neatly scheduled so it coincides with the rush hour (but we don't think that was intentional).

Three contestants played Catchword-type games in order to win points and go through to the finals. There were three rounds (four for the winner, who got to play a bonus round to win extra points).

In Round One, clues would be read out to a word with several different meanings. The first one to buzz in scored points and got to place a letter on a 6x5 grid. The idea was to make words on the grid, the longer the word the more points.

Round Two was a simple word search, the players would be given a grid and a category and had one minute to find all the words associated with that category.

Host, Simon Biagi

Round Three was very Catchword. The players would be given three letters and the first one to make a word with the letters in the correct order won points, the longer the word, the more points.

The winner at the end of all this was given 90 seconds to make more words in a grid. But to make things a little trickier three letters were placed randomly at the start.

If we were being honest we'd say that this was a bog-standard word game show that does what it does alright, but not particularly well. And we are being honest, because you wouldn't expect less from the UK Game Show Page, would you? (Glint, smile)


Invented by Clive Doig.


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