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Poll of the Year 2011
The results are in! What did you think were the best shows of 2011? Thanks to everyone who voted in our biggest poll ever. We're already getting excited about the Poll of 2012.
The 100 Most Popular Game Shows
One question you almost certainly haven't been asking yourself is "What are the 100 most popular articles on this site?". Well, tough, because we have and you can see the result of our Greatest Game Shows - it lists stalwarts like The Crystal Maze and Interceptor to surprises such as Kate Thornton's Dishes. Who knew?
While UKGameshows.com is (even if we say so ourselves) the most comprehensive guide to the genre anywhere on - or off - the web, with over 2100 programmes already in our database it is inevitable that even we're stumped sometimes. So we're asking for your help. A number of our "most wanted" shows are now listed here and a team of volunteers is standing by, waiting to add your contributions to our compendium of game show knowledge. Go on, help us out. It's what Mumsy would want.
In the pipeline
The Unbelievable Truth series 9: BBC Radio 4, 2 April
Who Wants to be a Millionaire: ITV, 3 April
The Guessing Game: BBC Radio Scotland, 4 April
The News Quiz: BBC Radio 4, 6 April
What's the Story? series 6: BBC Radio Wales, 6 April
Keith Lemon's Lemonaid: ITV, 7 April
Sion a Sian: S4C, 7 April
Would I Lie to You? series 6: BBC One, 13 April
Have I Got News for You series 43: BBC One, 13 April
School of Hard Sums: Dave, 16 April
Off By Heart Shakespeare: BBC2, 24 April
Blockbusters: Challenge, 8 May
See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.
Game show news
29 March Totally Wipedout
The BBC won't commission another series of Total Wipeout
. The show has been making its way across the big red balls of television for four years, but now looks a bit wobbly, and will fall into the water after one final series.
18 January Who Wants to be a Messiah?
Andrew Lloyd Webber is taking his casting shows to ITV, and the first role to fill will be Jesus Christ. A new arena tour of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar
is planned, and the title part will be cast by the great British public. More: ITV press release
6 January End of the Run for Bob
Game show legend Bob Holness
has died peacefully this morning. He had been suffering from heart conditions for several years. The South African-born actor and radio presenter hosted the long-running student quiz Blockbusters
and a modern incarnation of Call My Bluff
2 January Alesha Dixon leaves Strictly
It has been announced that Alesha Dixon
will not return to the judging panel for the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing
, which is due to air later this year. Dixon has been a judge on the programme since 2009, when she controversially replaced original judge Arlene Phillips
. Instead, Dixon will judge on Britain's Got Talent
, alongside Simon Cowell
, Amanda Holden, and newcomer David Walliams
31 December That's Sir Big Brother to you
The New Year's Honours list has recognised people associated with game shows. Former Endemol
Creative Director Peter Bazalgette, the overseer of shows including Big Brother
and Ready Steady Cook
, is appointed a Knight. There's a CBE for Ronnie Corbett
for his services to broadcasting, Lorraine Kelly
is appointed OBE for her charity work, and Stuart Hall
is honoured for both of these reasons.
1 December Eggheads crack
C J de Mooi, the curly-haired one, has announced he's leaving Eggheads
. In a brief statement, he said "I'm acting full time now and that's what I want to pursue."
16 November Countdown to Nick Hewer: You're Hired
One of Alan Sugar's henchmen from The Apprentice
will be the new host of Countdown
. Nick Hewer will host the parlour game from the start of 2012, and said in a Channel 4 press release, "It's particularly fitting that I should be doing this now as my spelling has started to slip quite badly. I used to be able spell chrysanthemum."
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