Finders Keepers (2)
Neil Buchanan (1991-6)
Jeff Brazier (2006)
Diane Youdale (1996)
Voiceover: Jeremy Stockwell (1991-6)
World Wide International Television in association with TVS for ITV, 12 April 1991 to 1 April 1992 (26 episodes in 2 series)
World Wide International Television in association with Scottish for ITV, 23 March 1993 to 6 August 1996 (47 episodes in 4 series)
The Foundation for CITV, 6 January to April 2006 (14 episodes in 1 series)
"Whose house is it?"
"Scottish Television's House!"
...is what children didn't cry during the ultimate kids fantasy gameshow.
In the studio is a huge house, and hidden inside each of the rooms is an object. Two teams of kids have to find the objects causing as much mess as possible whilst machines blow around lots of paper and fake snow and stuff. A memorable recurring object from the show is the big blue arrow that was shown on the screens to the audience to indicate the location of the item to be found.
One of the rooms in the house was the "Fantasy Room" this room changed everyweek, usually a laboratory, a castle dungeon, a pirate ship, that sort of thing. The team who got to play in that room had to play "Jeremy's Joker" which usually ment raiding the room while wearing a silly costume, if they found the object, they'd win a special star prize.
In early series kids use to have to play for rooms by playing a memory game. For the final series of the original run, (when Diane Youdale was co-host) the kids had to find things in 'The Garage' first, which involved wading through a thick pool of "motor oil" to find mechanics' tools to match up on the wall. (The 2006 revival has reverted back to the original game.)
The team that did the best went through to the Supersearch, a sort of Treasure Hunt throughout the eight rooms in the house and if they can find all eight objects within four minutes (three minutes in the first 3 series and the 2006 version) they usually win a trip to Alton Towers or something. If not, at least the losers go home with a Finders Keepers Goodie Paaaaaack!
"It could be anywhere!" (Obvious statement, really.)
"Look high, look low!"
"Let's raid the room!" - 1991 to 1996
Host: "Whose house is it?" Audience: "Our House!"
Host: "What time is it?" Audience: "Room-raiding time!"
Announcer: "And here is the owner of the Finders Keepers house...Neil Buchanan!"
Based on the US Nickelodeon show of the same name.
1991-6: Simon Etchell.
2006: Mr Miller and Mr Porter.
Production moved north in 1996 for the final series when Nigel Pickard, who had been head of children's programming at TVS, jumped the sinking ship to join STV, taking Art Attack, How 2 and Finders Keepers with him. STV finally dropped the series in 1996 because it was too much like home grown classic Fun House.
When the show was moved from Maidstone to Glasgow for the final series in 1996, all they did was dismantle the set, pack it up, place it onto lorries, and take it up north. The only problem was that the studio in Glasgow was about 2ft lower, meaning... well, you can guess.
The 2006 revival not only didn't last, but was moved around everywhere. At first, it started at a simple 4:30pm Friday slot on ITV1, but before long was moved to Saturday Showdown, a show where somehow Jeff Brazier got to appear every week as 'special guest'. Then after just a few episodes, it got moved to the digital graveyard of the CITV Channel, before finally disappearing altogether.
Curiously, some of the Scottish TV episodes were given a re-run at least a couple of years after the last series of the original run had aired.
A board game was produced.