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(Trivia: Not true, I'm afraid; ITV's only decided in the last day to begin coverage at 1530, Lingo's in listings mags.)
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Devised by Harry de Winter.
Devised by Harry de Winter.
== Trivia ==
Unusually, the revival premiered on a Friday, due to ITV carrying an inauguration on 20 January.
== Web links ==
== Web links ==

Revision as of 14:52, 20 January 2021




Martin Walker (1987)

Martin Daniels (1988)

Adil Ray (2021-)


Announcer: Nick Jackson


Central (regional), 1987

Thames in association with Ralph Andrews Presentations and Action Time for ITV, 12 May to 14 July 1988 (10 episodes in 1 series)

Wildcard Television for ITV, 1 January 2021 to present


A mixture of Bingo and Scrabble, two teams of two players attempted to find five letter words using a Mastermind sort of system (the board game thing, not the one with the Black Chair). If they did it, they could draw balls from their table which would get crossed off their board and if they made a line they would get mega points. Then they would start again. They also had to avoid picking a "Dreaded Red" ball which automatically handed control over to their opponents.

After the break and just before the end game, Daniels would usually go up to someone in the audience and give that person five chances to try to find the five-letter word in question: if successful, he/she would win a cash prize.

The end game was played in reverse, the winning team had to guess words but the longer they took, the more balls they would have to draw with a view to NOT making a line. There would be one line that needed only one number to complete it, and the host would hold onto the corresponding ball for the first round, but after that, it would have to go in with the other balls - and Daniels was always keen to encourage the contestants to mix the balls around so that they wouldn't pull out said ball any too easily. The contestants could choose whether or not to play another round - if they were unlucky enough to complete a line, they would go home with half their previous winnings. There was a silver ball in this round that did something amazing too, if memory serves.

The top prize was £3,200 plus whatever the couple won in the main game, making it possibly the highest cash prize on network television at the time, although this was no doubt superseded by the jackpot on Wheel of Fortune, which started soon after.

Surprisingly, this aired a new series at the start of 2021 with Adil Ray in charge, but with all the Bingo stuff expunged, and in the 3pm slot. The problem is, guessing words involves a certain amount of luck anyway (one poor pair got HO*E on their first guess but guessed five different valid words to HOPE and as such lost the money); played seriously, it simply didn't work. As a Tenable replacement this was alright, though it came a few weeks after the first series of Winning Combination which was much faster in comparison, and thus bored.


"It's a Lingo!"

(Just before the end game, when the board had been partially filled): "That's not as generous as you might think, because in this part of the game, the aim is to avoid a Lingo line!"

"...But don't you worry about Number (whichever number the contestants needed to avoid) for now,'s in my pocket!"

"Not on the board!"

"It's there, but it didn't complete a line!"


Devised by Harry de Winter.

Web links

Wikipedia entry


Part 1 of the final episode.


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