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Poll of the Year 2013 - THE RESULTS!
Lumme, it's a harsh world this game show business, no? None of the top five in the 2012 poll are still in production, so what does that bode for the crop of 2013? Well, we're not fortune tellers, but you can find out what you, THE PUBLIC thought in the Poll of the Year 2013 results!
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
The Chase celebrity editions: ITV, 30 August
The X Factor series 11: ITV, 30 August
Through the Keyhole series 2: ITV, 30 August
Pressure Pad series 2, BBC1, 1 September
Who's Doing the Dishes?: ITV, 1 September
Duck Quacks Don't Echo series 2: Sky1, 1 September
Only Connect series 10: BBC2, 1 September
Cog1nio: S4C, 2 September
Wordaholics series 3: Radio 4, 3 September
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown series 4: Channel 4, 5 September
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: BBC1, 7 September
Celebrity Squares revival: ITV, 10 September
Bad Bridesmaid: ITV2, 11 September
BBC New Comedy Award 2014: Radio 4 Extra, 12 September
See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.
Game show news
9 July 2014 New Rock Follies
Welsh stand-up comic Rhod Gilbert has been confirmed as the new permanent host of the music comedy panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks
. Guest presenters have filled the chair for 4 years, since Simon Amstell stepped down as the resident ringmaster in 2008.
11 June 2014 Zig-a-zig-ah! Mel B joins The X Factor
Mel B has been announced as the fourth and final judge on this year's series of The X Factor
. The former Spice Girl was previously a guest judge on the 2012 series, and has also judged on the Australian version of the programme, and on America's Got Talent
. She will join Simon Cowell
and Cheryl Cole who are returning to the panel, as well as long-standing judge Louis Walsh
, who, contrary to earlier reports, has not left the programme. The new series will begin airing in the summer.
19 May 2014 They're in a League Of Their Own (Again)
That's the BAFTA-winning A League of Their Own
, folks. Sky's flagship sports-and-entertainment quiz won the BAFTA award for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme. Ant
won Best Entertainment Programme and Best Entertainment Performance for Saturday Night Takeaway
10 May 2014 Please Welcome to the Floor, Claudia WinklemanClaudia Winkleman
has been confirmed as the new co-presenter of Strictly Come Dancing
following Sir Bruce Forsyth
's decision to step down. Winkleman has previously stood-in as a main presenter during Forsyth's abscence, and has also previously hosted spin-off programme It Takes Two
. She will join Tess Daly
when the series returns for its twelfth outing in the autumn.
23 April 2014 They're in a League Of Their OwnA League of Their Own
will air until at least 2017, according to a new deal. Hosted by James Corden, the sports-themed quiz has been one of Sky1's most consistent performers. The new contract, for three ten-episode series, will see the programme reach its eleventh series, making it one of Sky's longest-running game shows.
Previous stories can be found in our News Archive. For more in-depth analysis, check out Weaver's Week, usually published every Sunday.
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