Love Me, Love Me Not



Nino Firetto and Debbie Greenwood


TVS in association with Talbot Television for ITV, 1988


Love Me, Love Me Not aired weekly in the late 1980s and was based on the Italian game show M'ama Non M'ama, which in turn inspired a U.S. version named Love Me, Love Me Not.

In it, two rivals of the same sex competed against a four-member panel of the opposite sex (episodes alternated between men chasing women and women chasing men). Nino Firetto would pose questions to the female players and Debbie Greenwood quizzed the male players.

In the first round, the two contestants alternated choosing one of the uncaptured panelists, who would read a love/sex/vanity/gender related statement and the contestant had to decide if the statement was true or false. If correct, the contestant captured that panelist. The first player to capture three panelists won the game.

In round two, the three panelists captured by the winner are asked a series of questions answers by the contestant, each with two answers, such as "Does he call himself a man or a mouse?" The panelists were each asked a different question in turn, with the contestant choosing who went first, and a correct answer earned the panelist a daisy (lit up on the podium). After each player had the same number of questions (2 or 3) the time's up signal went off and the panelist with the most daisies went on to the bonus round with the contestant. If there was a tie, each of the tied panelists were asked in turn the answer to a numerical question answered by the contestant, such as "How old was the last man she dated?"

The endgame was played on a giant daisy with eight petals. The contestant started at the top petal and the panelist started five petals ahead in the clockwise order. The contestant was asked a series of questions similar to those in round one. Both players were allowed to confer but the contestant had to give the answer. A correct answer moved the player one petal forward but an incorrect answer moved the panelist forward. If the contestant caught the panelist in 60 seconds or less, both players went on a romantic getaway, but if time ran out (represented on screen as three rows of twenty daisies) or the panelist caught up to the contestant due to too many misses, no trip was won.

The end game in progress.


Steve Carlin

Theme music

Composed by Saxe, Russell, McFarlane (Still Moving Music), Performed by Lynsey De Paul


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