Greatest Game Shows

Polls and voting are all very well, but how do people vote with their feet? No, not by holding pencils between their toes, but by visiting the various nooks and crannies that make up the conurbation of UKGameshowsopolis.

Our backroom boys and girls have been re-programming CECIL to come up with the most popular pages on this site. And, after poring through yards of ticker tape, this is what we've come up with - a list of the top 100 shows based on what you lot are actually reading.

The Top 100

The Top 100 is an alphabetical list of the Greatest Gameshows, as measured by visits to the UKGameshows website between July 2006 and January 2012. It reflects searches on our website, visits from dedicated search engines, and links from other web pages. The new entry during 2011 is marked.

The Adventure GameDragons and an aspidistra set taxing puzzles.
Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?Primary-school children help adults win money
Ask the FamilyPerennial smarty-pants quiz. Dah!
BanzaiOff-the-wall betting show. Bet now!
Bargain HuntAntiques arbitrage with David Dickinson and Tim Wonnacott.
Best of FriendsTreats and challenges for a group of chums.
Big BreakSnooker-based quiz with Jim Davidson.
Big BrotherEarly 21st century isolation reality show.
The Biggest Loser UKCompetitive dieting.
Blankety BlankHow did Spike Milligan fill in the blank?
Blind DateCilla Black goes in search of true love, or not.
Blockbusters"I'll have a P please, Bob."
BrainstormBonkers science quiz with Kenny Everett.
Britain's Got TalentSimon, Amanda, and The Hoff find the new Jai.
BullseyeDarts-based quiz with Jim Bowen.
Call My BluffDefinitions of words we've never heard of.
CatchphraseRoy Walker says what he sees.
Celebrity SquaresNoughts-and-crosses with celebrities saying "I agree!"
Challenge AnnekaAnneka Rice does a lot of work for charity.
CluedoSmall-screen adaptation of the murderous board game.
Come Dine with MeIf the cookery doesn't appeal, there's always the commentary.
CountdownLetters and numbers parlour game with Richard and Carol Nick and Rachel.
CrackerjackFriday at 4.55pm entertainment for youngsters.
The Crystal MazePhysical and mental challenges with Riff-Raff.
Dancing on IceITV celebrities dance and fall over with Torvill and Dean.
Deal or No DealNoel Edmonds' big-money guessing game.
DishesLate-night cookery show with the neophyte Kate Thornton.
Double Your Money1950s general-knowledge quiz with Hughie Green.
EggheadsAre these people the best general knowledge quizzers in Britain?
Eurovision Song ContestAnnual song-and-dance spectacular.
Family FortunesName a show where people are surveyed...
Fifteen-to-OneThe Rolls-Royce of quiz shows.
Fort BoyardPhysical and mental challenges off the coast of France.
Fun HousePat Sharp has some children round to his house.
Game for a LaughHidden-camera and offbeat stunt pioneer.
Gameshow MarathonRecycling some of the best shows for a modern audience.
The Generation GameBruce Forsyth gives people silly things to do.
Get Your Own BackChildren take revenge on a parent or teacher.
Give Us a ClueCharades with Una Stubbs and Lionel Blair.
GladiatorsAll-action physical challenges with Ulrika and Wolf.
Going for GoldHenry Kelly asks questions to puzzled Europeans.
Golden BallsBig-money bluff and bluster with Jasper Carrot.
The Golden ShotLive crossbows in a television studio.
The Great Egg RaceContraptions and inventions with Heinz Woolf.
Have I Got News for YouTopical quiz with Paul Merton, Ian Hislop, and a guest presenter.
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!Ant and Dec ask celebs to eat witchety grubs.
Ice WarriorsSpeed-skating challenges, remembered only as a flop.
In It to Win ItDale Winton: in the right place at the right time for a decade now.
Incredible GamesA lift, some laundry baskets, a Dark Knight.
InterceptorMan in black fires remote control at yuppies with cash on their backs.
It's a KnockoutStuart Hall laughs as the Belgians fall over.
Jungle RunChildren's challenges set in a jungle.
KnightmareFantasy quest for young adventurers.
The Krypton FactorSeminal test to find the United Kingdom Superperson.
Love at First SightSurprisingly popular satellite dating show.
Masterchef Goes LargeRevival of the competitive cookery programme.
MastermindTwo minutes in the black chair on a specialist subject.
The Million Pound Drop Live New!Money makes the drops go down...
Mr and MrsHow well do you know your wife?
Naked JungleKeith Chegwin and naturists play some games.
Name That TuneTom O'Connor invites people to name popular tunes.
Never Mind the BuzzcocksPop music comedy quiz.
New FacesBritain's got a thing for talent shows.
Noel's House PartySaturday night entertainment from Noel Edmonds.
NumberwangNo, that's not.
1 vs 100Can one person know more than a hundred-strong mob?
Opportunity KnocksLong-running talent-spotting show
Play Your Cards RightIs the next card higher or lower, asks Brucie.
PokerFaceMillion-pound bluffing game with Ant and Dec.
The Price is RightKnow the price of consumer durables.
A Question of SportSportspeople answer questions about their sport.
RavenOutdoor tests for young warriors.
Ready Steady CookMake a meal in 20 minutes, with Ainsley Harriott.
Robot WarsRemote-controlled battle tanks beat each other up.
RunaroundMike Reid gets kids to choose correct answers and shout a lot.
Sale of the CenturyNicholas Parsons flogs the entire country for twelve quid.
Saturday Night TakeawayWin a commercial break with Ant and Dec.
Scrapheap ChallengeConstruction challenges with Kryten.
See it, Saw itObservation quiz for the very young.
Shooting StarsVic and Bob's bonkers quiz. Eranu indeed!
Stars in Their Eyes"Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be..."
Strictly Come DancingCelebrities strut their funky stuff.
Strike it LuckyTouchscreen guesswork with Barrymore.
Supermarket SweepDale Winton goes wild in the aisles.
SurvivorIsland challenge for ITV where Mark Austin's career washed up.
Take Your PickWill they take the money or open the box?
Takeshi's CastleJapanese people do crazy stunts, and Craig Charles laughs.
3-2-1Dusty Bin presides over entertainers and incomprehensible riddles.
Through the Keyhole"Who would live in a house like this?"
Time CommandersWargaming with Eddie Mair.
Treasure Hunt (2)Anneka Rice terrorises the countryside.
University ChallengeBamber and Jeremy ask some starters for ten.
Weakest LinkAnne Robinson is mean to her victims.
Wheel of Fortune (2)Spin the wheel, guess some letters, win a watch.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?Chris Tarrant gives away oodles of cash.
Whose Line is it Anyway?Improvised comedy show with Clive Anderson. 100 points to everyone there.
Win Beadle's MoneyJeremy Beadle puts his show fee up for grabs.
WipeoutAddictive 'complete the category' game with Paul Daniels.
The X FactorShouting, crying and throwing of water. With some singing involved.
You Bet!Challenges and stunts show, with Matthew Kelly in a sumo thong.

Top People

The top 30 people between June 2006 and January 2012 were, in alphabetical order:

2011's Leaders

Every year, we're confused by the way people suddenly pick up on very old shows and obscure people, perhaps because they're looking for something else. Here are the greatest gainers for 2011.


To correct something on this page or post an addition, please complete this form and press "Send":
If you are asking us a question, please read our contact us page and FAQ first.

Name: E-mail:   
A Labyrinth Games site.
Design by Thomas.
Printable version
Editors: Log in