Poll of the Year 2019

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Does 15 count as a noteworthy thing? No matter, welcome to the 15th annual running of the UKGameshows/Bother's Bar Poll of the Year, this time regarding the year of 2019.

Most of last year's categories are returning, we've decided not to bother with the radio one as, well, the industry hasn't changed much, but we'll take another barometer reading sometime down the road. Also to pre-empt possible questions, no you can't vote for Ben Justice's Top 100 Gameshows series in the New Media Five but it will be getting an acknowledgement in the final write up anyway.

So with that out of the way let the voting... begin!


The Rules

  • Easy peasy. For each category (except Golden Moments) you get FIVE votes, so you can nominate FIVE shows. Please put each vote on a separate line, it makes it easier for us to count.You can no longer give the same show multiple votes.
  • For most of the categories, your choices are for new formats made and broadcast in the UK in 2019.
  • You do not have to use all your votes.
  • We welcome short comments with your reasoning for your vote – these may be used in the final write-up. We're more likely to use your comments if they are to the point. The comments will be kept anonymous.
  • If you’re in the industry it would be useful to point that out – we absolutely welcome you and you may indeed vote for shows you’ve worked on – but we reserve the right to disqualify insincere dodgy ballots.
  • Time is of the essence, the vote closes 23:59 Friday 10th January.

The categories

  • Hall of FAME – For the best new shows and formats of the last year.
  • Hall of SHAME – For the worst new shows and formats of the last year.
  • Golden Five – For any shows for made primarily for the UK market that had a new first-run episode broadcast in 2019.
  • New Media Five - Any first-run quiz or game-based online shows that can be viewed/podcasted legitimately without VPN in the UK. Subscription services are included. These shows do not necessarily have to be British produced.
  • Magic Moments – For your favourite moments. If there are Youtube links, that would be handy.

A non-exhaustive list of new formats can be found below - if you think we're missing anything then get in touch. We give shiny floor show and competitive unscripted reality equal weight. You can vote for revivals.

How to vote

This year the preferred method is by Google Forms.

However we also accept e-mail ballots, please send them to poll@bothersbar.co.uk with Poll of the Year 2019 in the subject line and they'll get to the same place.

2019 Show List

Hewlfa Drysor Hunting treasure, regional (Wales)
Les Quiz Radio panel game (musicals)
Quizmaster Quiz, general knowledge
Take Off Variety
The Switch Quiz, general knowledge
Gigglequiz Childrens
Head Hunters Quiz, general knowledge
Killer Camp Horror, reality
Pants on Fire Lying, stunts and dares
Rupaul's Drag Race Reality
Snackmasters Cookery
The Wall Quiz, general knowledge
Your Room or Mine? Lifestyle, interior design
The Cash Machine General knowledge quiz, regional (Scotland)
Comedians Giving Lectures Lectures, comedy
Cooking Up a Fortune Lifestyle
Supermarket Sweep (R) Lifestyle
Treasure Island (2) Reality, survival
Gloryhunters Sport (football), radio
Interior Design Masters Lifestyle, interior design
The Rap Game UK Music, reality
Scrapyard Supercar Technological
Step Up to the Plate (2) Restaurant cookery, childrens
Celebrity Craft Masters Lifestyle
The Chefs' Brigade Travel, reality
The Great Garden Challenge (2) Lifestyle, gardening
Shipmates Reality
Elephant in the Room Comedy panel game (radio)
The Family Brain Games Puzzle
Flour Power Lifestyle (baking)
Groundhog Date Dating
Hey Tracey Comedy, general knowledge quiz
Beat the Chef Cookery
The Hit List Themed quiz, music
There's Something About Movies Comedy panel game
Curiosity Antiques
The Customer Is Always Right Lifestyle inventions
Home Is Where the Art Is Creative
In for a Penny Family show
Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz Quiz (general knowledge)
Catchpoint Family game
Dim I'w Wisgo Fashion and style, regional (Wales)
Gameshow of Thrones Panel game, themed
Glow Up Cosmetics and make up
Y Siambr Puzzles in a cave, regional (Wales)
Wonderball Quiz, general knowledge, regional (Scotland)
Best House in Town Lifestyle, property
The Hangover Games Stunts and dares, alcohol
Hypothetical Comedy panel game
Race Across the World Travel, reality
Rhannu Team competition, regional (Wales)
Small Fortune Family game show
Test Drive Quiz, travel (Scotland)
The Greatest Dancer Variety (dance)
Un Cwestiwn Children's general knowledge quiz (Wales)
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