The Wetter the Better



Ross King


Sonia Evans

Ginny Buckley? (latter series)


BBC North West for BBC 1, 1990-3


The Wetter the Better was a segment shown within the Saturday morning kids show The 8.15 from Manchester. The game was set in Blackpool's Sandcastle Leisure Pool.

Two school teams consisting of three pupils and a teacher took part in the following rounds:

Round 1: The pupils sat on seats above a pool of water each faced 3 questions which they had to answer correctly to score points. If they didn't give the correct answer to a question, they were ejected into the water. If they answered all 3 correct, it was up to the audience to shout either 'Save' or 'Soak', and Ross King would decide the majority, which was usually to soak! (The second series' outcomes was decided by a spinning wheel) This would have been fun were it not for the fact that the kids were in a TWTB shorty wetsuit and hence not particularly hard done by a good soaking.

Round 2: The number of points scored in Round 1 by one team were converted into plastic ducks, and these were positioned on a platform to be defended by the teacher of that team, in what seemed to be an American Football outfit. Meanwhile, the opposing pupils were given about 30 seconds to throw sponges to knock the ducks down. The roles were then reversed. The number of ducks lost by each team were then deducted from the points scored in Round 1.

Round 3: A team game in which the pupils were given a race against time. One example is a game that consisted of a pupil from each team throwing 'non-bouncing footballs' onto a platform in a swimming pool, while the other two pupils used nets catch as many as possible in the time given. The teams scored a set number of points for each football caught.

Round 4: An on-the-buzzer round where the pupils faced general knowledge questions to score points, while the teachers (wearing cap and gown) each sat under a tank of water, which was filled up even more, according to the number of questions answered. At the end of the game, the water was poured onto the teachers.

Between each round, Sonia would announce the scores and explain the rules of the next round.

Another gungey game featured on The 8:15 was It's Tough at the Top.


"What 'Sonia' scoreboard? It's Sonia!"

"Do you want to save or soak?"

(At the end of the show): "...And now, the two teachers are about to find out that the school rule always is....The Wetter The Better!"



The orange team


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