Room 101

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== Host ==
== Host ==
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[[Frank Skinner]]
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[[Nick Hancock]] (1992-7) (Radio & TV versions)
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[[Danny Baker]] (1992) (Radio special - Hancock as guest)
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[[Paul Merton]] (1999-2007)
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[[Frank Skinner]] (2012-8)
== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
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Hat Trick Production for BBC One, January 2012 to present
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BBC Radio 5, 9 January 1992 to 25 March 1994 (27 episodes in 4 series)
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Hat Trick Productions for BBC2, 4 July 1994 to 9 February 2007 (88 episodes in 11 series)
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Hat Trick Productions for BBC One, 20 January 2012 to 6 April 2018 (60 episodes in 7 series)
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== Synopsis ==
== Synopsis ==
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Revamped version of the talk show turned into a panel game where 3 celebrity guest battle it out to put forward their personal pet hates and convincing new host Frank Skinner why their pet hates should be put into Room 101.
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Revamped version of the original talk show programme.
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Three celebrity guests battle it out across various rounds in an attempt to convince the keeper of ''Room 101'' Frank Skinner why their pet hates should be consigned into oblivion.
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== Key moments ==
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Paloma Faith accusing Frank Skinner of being a Tory voter over his thoughts on jobsworths and his resultant refusal to let her win that round.
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[[Lee Mack]] and Dave Myers' "proper northern battle of wits" over chunky chips.
== Trivia ==
== Trivia ==
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''Room 101'' originally aired on Radio 5 from 1992 to 1994 and then to BBC2 from 1994 to 2007 originally hosted by Nick Hancock and then by Paul Merton. But that wasn't even in a game show format.
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Until its 2012 revival, ''Room 101'' was not a game show, and was rather more of a talk show. In this format, each show would see one celebrity guest attempt to convince either Nick Hancock or Paul Merton (the keepers of the door to ''Room 101'') why their pet hates should be consigned into oblivion. Each celebrity guest would typically nominate seven or eight items for a fate worse than death, and would win or lose by the sheer force of their argument.
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That said, the radio version did have a vague nod towards game shows: the reward for convincing Nick Hancock to allow something into ''Room 101'' was a song from ''Radio Room 101'', and each show's tunes would have a thematic link. The guest would be gently nagged until they spotted the connection.
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"Wasn't ''Room 101''" a Radio 1 show?" is a question we've not actually been asked, but can answer. No, it wasn't, but eight episodes were retrieved from the Radio 5 skip and repeated on One! Eff! Em! in summer 1994, when Chris Morris was being a bit too controversial.
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''Room 101'' is the name of the torture room in George's Orwell's ''1984'', where Winston Smith encounters the worst thing in the world. It's different for every person - for him it was rats, which were also chosen by [[Jo Brand]] during the Nick Hancock era of the TV show. ''1984'' also provided the name for another popular game show, [[Big Brother]].
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== Web links ==
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BBC programme pages for the [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t6z9 BBC2 series], the half-hour [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pqlvy BBC1 series], and the longer [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01px3q9 ''Extra Storage''] editions.
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Wikipedia entries for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_101_(radio_series) radio series] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_101_(TV_series) TV version].
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British Comedy Guide entries for the [http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/room_101/ BBC2 series] and [http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/room_101_2012/ BBC1 series]
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[[Category:Hat Trick Productions]]
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[[Category:Awaiting Review]]

Current revision as of 09:33, 16 October 2021

Contents

Host

Nick Hancock (1992-7) (Radio & TV versions)

Danny Baker (1992) (Radio special - Hancock as guest)

Paul Merton (1999-2007)

Frank Skinner (2012-8)

Broadcast

BBC Radio 5, 9 January 1992 to 25 March 1994 (27 episodes in 4 series)

Hat Trick Productions for BBC2, 4 July 1994 to 9 February 2007 (88 episodes in 11 series)

Hat Trick Productions for BBC One, 20 January 2012 to 6 April 2018 (60 episodes in 7 series)

Synopsis

Revamped version of the original talk show programme.

Three celebrity guests battle it out across various rounds in an attempt to convince the keeper of Room 101 Frank Skinner why their pet hates should be consigned into oblivion.

If you can help us to expand this entry, please provide as much information as possible, using the feedback form below.

Key moments

Paloma Faith accusing Frank Skinner of being a Tory voter over his thoughts on jobsworths and his resultant refusal to let her win that round.

Lee Mack and Dave Myers' "proper northern battle of wits" over chunky chips.

Trivia

Until its 2012 revival, Room 101 was not a game show, and was rather more of a talk show. In this format, each show would see one celebrity guest attempt to convince either Nick Hancock or Paul Merton (the keepers of the door to Room 101) why their pet hates should be consigned into oblivion. Each celebrity guest would typically nominate seven or eight items for a fate worse than death, and would win or lose by the sheer force of their argument.

That said, the radio version did have a vague nod towards game shows: the reward for convincing Nick Hancock to allow something into Room 101 was a song from Radio Room 101, and each show's tunes would have a thematic link. The guest would be gently nagged until they spotted the connection.

"Wasn't Room 101" a Radio 1 show?" is a question we've not actually been asked, but can answer. No, it wasn't, but eight episodes were retrieved from the Radio 5 skip and repeated on One! Eff! Em! in summer 1994, when Chris Morris was being a bit too controversial.

Room 101 is the name of the torture room in George's Orwell's 1984, where Winston Smith encounters the worst thing in the world. It's different for every person - for him it was rats, which were also chosen by Jo Brand during the Nick Hancock era of the TV show. 1984 also provided the name for another popular game show, Big Brother.

Web links

BBC programme pages for the BBC2 series, the half-hour BBC1 series, and the longer Extra Storage editions.

Wikipedia entries for the radio series and TV version.

British Comedy Guide entries for the BBC2 series and BBC1 series

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