House of Games (3)



Richard Osman


Remarkable (part of EndemolShine group) for BBC Two, 4 September 2017 to present


Four celebrities are given quizzy things to do by Richard Osman.

A selection of four celebs take on rounds of quizzes, always with a twist. Some are general knowledge questions where the answers rhyme. Some are general knowledge questions where the answer is an anagram of part of the question.

This week's celebs at play.

Other rounds are more inventive. We might see the initial letters of a song lyric, in the original rhythm. Another round - played in pairs - invites guesstimates for a number and takes the average for the pair.

There are visual rounds, locate an item on a picture, or place somewhere on a map. And every show ends with "Answersmash", blending a picture with a definition.

Crème caramel Giedroyc.

The show is impeccably cast: two men, two women. At least one familiar to the older viewer, at least one modern comedian from Mock the Week, at least one family entertainer. Richard Osman asks questions written with verve and wit.

A daily prize is drawn from the House of Games stall of stuff, with the winner lifting the House of Games Winners' Trophy.

Daily prizes: Lightshade, umbrella, shoehorn, binoculars, water bottle, all branded with the show's logo.

We liked this show a lot, it hit just the right notes for 6pm and shifted well to late evening. The three-week initial run became a bit too repetitive towards the end, perhaps there could be some more variety when the show comes back.


Series 1

Series 2

  • Week 1: Naga Munchetty, Jordan Stephens, Sally Lindsay, David O'Doherty
  • Week 2: Ellie Taylor, Steve Pemberton, Fern Britton, Josh Widdicombe
  • Week 3: Shappi Khorsandi, Michael Buerk, Amanda Abbington, Elis James
  • Week 4: Beattie Edmondson, Amol Rajan, Gaby Roslin, Hugh Dennis
  • Week 5: Chizzy Akudolu, Charlie Higson, Kate Williams, Tom Allen
  • Week 6: Rachel Riley, JB Gill, Katie Derham, Richard Herring
  • Week 7: Lolly Adefope, Dan Walker, Sarah Greene, Miles Jupp
  • Week 8: Samantha Womack, Rory Reid, Anne Diamond, James Acaster
  • Week 9: Kelly Cates, Tyger Drew-Honey, Desiree Burch, Matt Allwright
  • Week 10: Susie Dent, Nick Owen, Chemmy Alcott, Dane Baptiste

Series 3

Key moments

The bastard hard questions in the House of Champions spin-off featuring former contestants, which included questions in foreign languages and games that were originally declined for being too complicated.

Title music

Marc Sylvan is credited for "Music".


Generally aired at 6pm, the traditional Eggheads slot, with the exception of the assorted year-end Fridays, where the monopolisation of the 6pm slot by It Takes Two forces them back to 7pm.

Billed in some sources as Richard Osman's House of Games

Recorded at The Hospital Club, a basement studio in Covent Garden.

Web links

BBC programme page

Wikipedia entry

See also

Weaver's Week review

Qd - The Master Game


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