Greatest Game Shows
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 Game||Dragons and an aspidistra set taxing puzzles.|
|Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?||Primary-school children help adults win money|
|Ask the Family||Perennial smarty-pants quiz. Dah!|
|Banzai||Off-the-wall betting show. Bet now!|
|Bargain Hunt||Antiques arbitrage with David Dickinson and Tim Wonnacott.|
|Best of Friends||Treats and challenges for a group of chums.|
|Big Break||Snooker-based quiz with Jim Davidson.|
|Big Brother||Early 21st century isolation reality show.|
|The Biggest Loser UK||Competitive dieting.|
|Blankety Blank||How did Spike Milligan fill in the blank?|
|Blind Date||Cilla Black goes in search of true love, or not.|
|Blockbusters||"I'll have a P please, Bob."|
|Brainstorm||Bonkers science quiz with Kenny Everett.|
|Britain's Got Talent||Simon, Amanda, and The Hoff find the new Jai.|
|Bullseye||Darts-based quiz with Jim Bowen.|
|Call My Bluff||Definitions of words we've never heard of.|
|Catchphrase||Roy Walker says what he sees.|
|Celebrity Squares||Noughts-and-crosses with celebrities saying "I agree!"|
|Challenge Anneka||Anneka Rice does a lot of work for charity.|
|Cluedo||Small-screen adaptation of the murderous board game.|
|Come Dine with Me||If the cookery doesn't appeal, there's always the commentary.|
|Countdown||Letters and numbers parlour game with |
|Crackerjack||Friday at 4.55pm entertainment for youngsters.|
|The Crystal Maze||Physical and mental challenges with Riff-Raff.|
|Dancing on Ice||ITV celebrities dance and fall over with Torvill and Dean.|
|Deal or No Deal||Noel Edmonds' big-money guessing game.|
|Dishes||Late-night cookery show with the neophyte Kate Thornton.|
|Double Your Money||1950s general-knowledge quiz with Hughie Green.|
|Eggheads||Are these people the best general knowledge quizzers in Britain?|
|Eurovision Song Contest||Annual song-and-dance spectacular.|
|Family Fortunes||Name a show where people are surveyed...|
|Fifteen-to-One||The Rolls-Royce of quiz shows.|
|Fort Boyard||Physical and mental challenges off the coast of France.|
|Fun House||Pat Sharp has some children round to his house.|
|Game for a Laugh||Hidden-camera and offbeat stunt pioneer.|
|Gameshow Marathon||Recycling some of the best shows for a modern audience.|
|The Generation Game||Bruce Forsyth gives people silly things to do.|
|Get Your Own Back||Children take revenge on a parent or teacher.|
|Give Us a Clue||Charades with Una Stubbs and Lionel Blair.|
|Gladiators||All-action physical challenges with Ulrika and Wolf.|
|Going for Gold||Henry Kelly asks questions to puzzled Europeans.|
|Golden Balls||Big-money bluff and bluster with Jasper Carrot.|
|The Golden Shot||Live crossbows in a television studio.|
|The Great Egg Race||Contraptions and inventions with Heinz Woolf.|
|Have I Got News for You||Topical 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 Warriors||Speed-skating challenges, remembered only as a flop.|
|In It to Win It||Dale Winton: in the right place at the right time for a decade now.|
|Incredible Games||A lift, some laundry baskets, a Dark Knight.|
|Interceptor||Man in black fires remote control at yuppies with cash on their backs.|
|It's a Knockout||Stuart Hall laughs as the Belgians fall over.|
|Jungle Run||Children's challenges set in a jungle.|
|Knightmare||Fantasy quest for young adventurers.|
|The Krypton Factor||Seminal test to find the United Kingdom Superperson.|
|Love at First Sight||Surprisingly popular satellite dating show.|
|Masterchef Goes Large||Revival of the competitive cookery programme.|
|Mastermind||Two minutes in the black chair on a specialist subject.|
|The Million Pound Drop Live New!||Money makes the drops go down...|
|Mr and Mrs||How well do you know your wife?|
|Naked Jungle||Keith Chegwin and naturists play some games.|
|Name That Tune||Tom O'Connor invites people to name popular tunes.|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks||Pop music comedy quiz.|
|New Faces||Britain's got a thing for talent shows.|
|Noel's House Party||Saturday night entertainment from Noel Edmonds.|
|Numberwang||No, that's not.|
|1 vs 100||Can one person know more than a hundred-strong mob?|
|Opportunity Knocks||Long-running talent-spotting show|
|Play Your Cards Right||Is the next card higher or lower, asks Brucie.|
|PokerFace||Million-pound bluffing game with Ant and Dec.|
|The Price is Right||Know the price of consumer durables.|
|A Question of Sport||Sportspeople answer questions about their sport.|
|Raven||Outdoor tests for young warriors.|
|Ready Steady Cook||Make a meal in 20 minutes, with Ainsley Harriott.|
|Robot Wars||Remote-controlled battle tanks beat each other up.|
|Runaround||Mike Reid gets kids to choose correct answers and shout a lot.|
|Sale of the Century||Nicholas Parsons flogs the entire country for twelve quid.|
|Saturday Night Takeaway||Win a commercial break with Ant and Dec.|
|Scrapheap Challenge||Construction challenges with Kryten.|
|See it, Saw it||Observation quiz for the very young.|
|Shooting Stars||Vic and Bob's bonkers quiz. Eranu indeed!|
|Stars in Their Eyes||"Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be..."|
|Strictly Come Dancing||Celebrities strut their funky stuff.|
|Strike it Lucky||Touchscreen guesswork with Barrymore.|
|Supermarket Sweep||Dale Winton goes wild in the aisles.|
|Survivor||Island challenge for ITV where Mark Austin's career washed up.|
|Take Your Pick||Will they take the money or open the box?|
|Takeshi's Castle||Japanese people do crazy stunts, and Craig Charles laughs.|
|3-2-1||Dusty Bin presides over entertainers and incomprehensible riddles.|
|Through the Keyhole||"Who would live in a house like this?"|
|Time Commanders||Wargaming with Eddie Mair.|
|Treasure Hunt (2)||Anneka Rice terrorises the countryside.|
|University Challenge||Bamber and Jeremy ask some starters for ten.|
|Weakest Link||Anne 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 Money||Jeremy Beadle puts his show fee up for grabs.|
|Wipeout||Addictive 'complete the category' game with Paul Daniels.|
|The X Factor||Shouting, crying and throwing of water. With some singing involved.|
|You Bet!||Challenges and stunts show, with Matthew Kelly in a sumo thong.|
The top 30 people between June 2006 and January 2012 were, in alphabetical order:
- Kevin Ashman
- Jeremy Beadle
- Cilla Black
- Christine Bleakley
- Julia Bradbury
- Leslie Crowther
- Les Dawson
- Noel Edmonds
- Caroline Flack
- Bruce Forsyth
- Daphne Fowler
- Hughie Green
- Christopher Hughes
- Vernon Kay
- Matthew Kelly
- Judith Keppel
- Sarah Matravers
- Stephen Mulhern New!
- Bob Monkhouse
- Monica Rose
- Jayne Sharp
- Pat Sharp
- Mike Smith
- Chris Tarrant
- Carol Vorderman
- Roy Walker
- Richard Whiteley
- Claudia Winkleman
- Dale Winton
- Diane Youdale
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.
- Anona Winn, the Twenty Questions panelist.
- Better Homes, the ITV property improvement show.
- The Bachelor, revived by Channel 5.
- Public Enemy Number One, the best-forgotten Bobby Davro vehicle.
- Something for the Weekend, a completely forgotten Channel 4 relationship show.
- Lee Mack, the comedian.
- Marc Wootton, another comedian.
- That's Showbusiness, one of those light fillers from the mid-90s.
- Would I Lie to You?, still popular on BBC1.
- Margherita Taylor, radio presenter.
- Sylvester McCoy, the Jigsaw regular and xylophonist.
- Quiz Time, Gentlemen, Please!, a pub quiz and darts match.
- Top Club, Scotland's biggest game show ever.
- Russell Grant, perhaps fearing we'd show him in clips from Strictly Come Dancing.
- Francis Wheen, the comedy writer and journalist.