Telly Addicts



Noel Edmonds


BBC, 3 September 1985 to 29 July 1998 (228 episodes)

1998 series was a co-production between BBC Midlands and Unique Television


Reasonably enjoyable romp through the world of television, with particular interest to fans of 'Hoofer-doofers'.

Two teams saw a clip of a programme and were then asked three questions on it, some observational, some just requiring a general knowledge of the programme. For a couple of years this was the whole show but then they decided to add stuff to it. They added a general knowledge TV round requiring people to Sing the Sig, a historical Guess the year round, and On the Box where the catch was that the questions were written by the opposing team. Aah.

Not a telephone in sight here, just hoofer doofers

The final round was In the Spotlight. There were 12 questions in 60 seconds (three per contestant) which is a fair pace, which inevitably led to hilarious situations where they ran out of time before they even got to the final contestant in the line.

But the final series changed tack completely. Gone were the sweaters and sofas, Telly Addicts tried its hand at being The Crystal Maze. Whole new rounds and lots of pointless running around (of which Noel is very fond) meant the show died of a heart-attack and didn't get another series, which is almost a shame.

One of the best bits was the Stairway of the Stars endgame where there would be lots of steps, each one with three or four celeb names on it. Noel would start reading out clues to one of the stars on the next step up and when they think they know who it is the players stand on that name. If they are correct they can stay there but if they are wrong then an alarm sounds and they go back to the original step. If they made it to the top then they won a holiday, if they failed then they just won a TV.


Telly Addicts interactive DVD game

There were two Telly Addicts board games produced, both published by Waddingtons.


Complete episode guide at


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