Lucky Ladders




Lennie Bennett


Voiceover: Peter Simon (see Run the Risk)


Anglia Television for ITV, 1988 to early 90s


The man of knitted sweatshirts came back to host this early morning game show. Couples would attempt to win points by working out words on the Lucky Ladder. The top word and bottom words were given but they had to work out the rest. There was a connection between words on the ladder, not necessarily common throughout the whole ladder - just an association between connecting words. An example would be POLISH - FRENCH - CHALK - CALCIUM - TEETH - SAW - LOOK - STARE

Players could opt to "give" or "take" letters (i.e. usual play-or-pass tactics) in order to work out what those words are.

Key moments

When losing the contestants won their "fabulous" Lucky Ladders trophies, which looked to consist of a gold-painted ladder on a piece of white polystyrene. Of course, things always look better on TV than they really are.


The contestants had to give back their fantastic Lucky Ladders trophies because they only had six made for TV purposes. They were posted on to them later. This and many other behind-the-scenes gems were revealed on the bfi's One Day in Television documentary.

It was Britain's most-watched daytime game show at the time (it says here).

Based on the US show Chain Reaction.

All the contestants in the first series came from the Anglia region.


Opening titles of Lucky Ladders


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