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Poll of the Year 2011

Poll of the Year 2011
To build a better future we must look to the past. We can't remember who said that originally but it doesn't really matter, all you need to know is that another year has gone by and it's time for you to judge that year once again. Closing date is Friday 13th January 2012, so don't hang around.

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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?

Escape in Time

While 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.

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University Challenge

Perfection series 2: BBC2, 2 January
Only Connect Champion of Champion of Champions: BBC4, 2 January
The Bank Job: Channel 4, 2 January
The Chase series 5: ITV, 3 January
A Question of Taste: BBC2, 3 January
Who Wants to be a Millionaire celebrity New Year's special: ITV, 3 January
The Biggest Loser series 5: ITV, 3 January
Celebrity Big Brother series 9: Channel 5, 5 January
Take Me Out series 3: ITV, 7 January
The Magicians series 2: BBC1, 7 January
The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins series 5: BBC1, 7 January
Dancing on Ice series 7: ITV, 8 January
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off: BBC2, 10 January
The Million Pound Drop series 6: Channel 4, 13 January

See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.


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Strictly Come Dancing
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.

Big Brother
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."

Shooting Stars
15 November Uvavu! Shooting Stars axed
The BBC has confirmed that is has cancelled long-running comedy panel show Shooting Stars. Hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, the programme first appeared on TV screens in 1993, and despite two hiatuses in the time since, has racked up over 70 episodes of anarchic fun.

Weakest Link
22 April Goodbye... and this time, she means it
Anne Robinson is quitting Weakest Link and will not be replaced, bringing the show to an end next spring. Robinson is stepping down to devote more time to writing. She will continue with her other programmes including Watchdog.

Big Brother
5 April Big Brother is getting back to you
Channel 5 have signed a £200m, two-year deal with rights holder Endemol which will see the reality show, and its celebrity spin-off, return to UK screens from August 2011.

3 March QI goes home
It has been announced that QI will be returning to its original home of BBC Two for the next series. Producer John Lloyd said, "QI did very well in the ratings on BBC One but we thought we ought to give Coronation Street a fighting chance."

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