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Poll of the Year 2016 - Results are in!!!
History, they say, is written by the winners. But the annual Poll of the Year report is written by us. Click the link above to read the full skinny on the winners (yay!) and losers (aw!) of the last 12 months in Game Show Land.
The 100 Most Popular Game Shows
One question you almost certainly haven't been asking yourself is "What are the 100 most popular articles on this site?". Well, tough, because we have and you can see the result of our Greatest Game Shows - it lists stalwarts like The Crystal Maze and Interceptor to surprises such as Kate Thornton's Dishes. Who knew?
While UKGameshows.com is (even if we say so ourselves) the most comprehensive guide to the genre anywhere on - or off - the web, with over 2100 programmes already in our database it is inevitable that even we're stumped sometimes. So we're asking for your help. A number of our "most wanted" shows are now listed here and a team of volunteers is standing by, waiting to add your contributions to our compendium of game show knowledge. Go on, help us out. It's what Mumsy would want.
In the pipeline
Pointless 1000th episode: BBC1, 16 January
Coach Trip Road to Marbs: E4, 16 January
Who Dares Wins series 9 new episodes: BBC1, 21 January
Brain of Britain 2017: Radio 4, 23 January
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017: Sky Arts, 24 January
Top Class series 2: CBBC, 25 January
Eurovision: You Decide 2017: BBC2, 27 January
Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week series 2: BBC2, 29 January
BBC Young Dancer 2017: BBC Four, 24 March
Game show news
13 January Let the four winds blow!The Crystal Maze
is back for a full series on Channel 4. Richard Ayoade is the new host, fronting 20 episodes including some celebrity specials. They'll be making the show in Bristol, and it'll be played by teams of five.
31 October Forty-three for Eurovision
The European Broadcasting Union has announced that 43 countries will compete in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
in Kyiv, Ukraine. Bosnia and Herzegovina will not return due to the broadcaster's ongoing funding problems. Portugal will return after a one year absence, and Romania has resolved the outstanding debt that kept them out of Stockholm. Australia will also return for the third year running; this year, they finished second with 511 points.
11 October Roboteers, Standby...for another wars!
The BBC have announced today that they have recommissioned the Robot Wars
revival for another 6 episodes. Dara O'Briain
and Angela Scanlon will be returning as hosts as well as commentator Jonathan Pearce.
7 October You're Back in the axe
ITV has announced today that the hypnotic You're Back in the Room
with Phillip Schofield
has been axed after two series. Viewing figures from the second series slipped by a quarter - to just over 3 million - and producers struggled to find suitable celebrity names who were keen to make a fool of themselves.
3 October Your time starts now
Tomorrow is the start of the third series of Taskmaster
, which was not supposed to be shown until 2017, but was brought forward after the second series received a positive reception. Dave, the channel showing Taskmaster
, has recommissioned the show for series 4 and 5, which are due to be filmed next year. Both of these series will have an extended run of 8 episodes.
Previous stories can be found in our News Archive. For more in-depth analysis, check out Weaver's Week, usually published every Sunday.
Dancing on Ice
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All the best routines from Doctor Hilary and... oh, you know, those other people.
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