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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
Lucky Sexy Winners: Channel 4, 23 August
8 Out of 10 Cats do Countdown Rematch: Channel 4, 24 August
Who Wants to be a Millionaire celebrity edition: ITV, 26 August
Only Connect series 6: BBC Four, 27 August
Celebrity Juice series 8: ITV2, 30 August
Round Britain Quiz: Radio 4, 3 September
Mock the Week series 11 (part 2): 6 September
The News Quiz series 78: 7 September
The Million Pound Drop: Channel 4, 14 September
See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.
Game show news
16 June Heraldic Rigor Sits
In the Queen's Birthday Honours, Richard Stilgoe
was knighted. This was for his charity work, and not his services to anagrams. Mary Berry from The Great British Bake Off
was appointed CBE. Those appointed OBE included The X Factor
's Gary Barlow and Armando Iannucci of The 99p Challenge
28 May The Great British Bake Off Wins Again
Is there no stopping Mel and Sue's grotto of gateaux? The Great British Bake Off
rolled off with the Best Lifestyle programme at the Rose d'Or festival, and added another layer of success with the Best Feature at the BAFTA Television awards. A new series is being whipped up for later in the year.
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
Previous stories can be found in our News Archive. For more in-depth analysis, check out Weaver's Week, usually published every Sunday.
Blast Lab Bright Ideas
Buy it now!
One of a whole series of Blast Lab tie-ins to educate, inform and entertain. He's not just Clarkson's sidekick, you know.
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Iain Weaver reviews the latest happenings in game show land.