Room 101



Nick Hancock (1992-4) (Radio version)

Nick Hancock (1994-7) (TV version)

Paul Merton (1999-2007)

Frank Skinner (2012-)


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

Hat Trick Productions for BBC2, 4 July 1994 to 26 September 1997 (24 episodes in 3 series)

Hat Trick Productions for BBC Two, 22 July 1999 to 9 February 2007 (56 episodes in 8 series)

Hat Trick Productions for BBC One, January 2012 to present


Revamped version of the original talk show programme.

3 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.

This programme has not yet aired. A full review will appear here after broadcast.


Until its 2012 revival, Room 101 was not a game show, and was rather more of a talk show, in which each programme would see one celebrity guest attempt to convince either Nick Hancock or Paul Merton (whichever host was in charge of being the keeper of Room 101) why their pet hates should be consigned into oblivion by simply have a chat with them, there is usually about 5-8 items nominated from each celebrity guest in each episode.

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.

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.


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