On the Spot (1)



Des O'Connor


Suzi Perry

Voice of the Balls: Alan Dedicoat


BBC One, 29 July to 2 September 2000 (6 episodes in 1 series)


Winning Lines is over for another season so it's about time the BBC came up with something tedious and inferior to fill the timeslot for the Summer months. Excellently, this one features the top banter of your friend and his, megastar Des O'Connor!

The show is filmed live from somewhere in Britain (Will it be your town? Who cares?) and the show is split up into three sections, which intermingle with each other. They are (in order of interest):

The National Lottery Draws: Self-explanatory really.

On the Street: Co-host goes out onto the street and gives £100 away to random people if they can answer a question. "Is that all I have to do? Flip-o-blimey!"

On the Spot: The main "game" as it were, two people each have a maximum of 75 seconds to answer ten questions on a specialist subject. Each question has a choice of three answers but none of them are silly ones à la 100%. Whoever does better (gets more right, or is faster in the event of a tie) goes through to the final.

In what is the best bit of the show (and believe us, it's not saying much), the winner selects two sub-categories within their specialist subject. In the style of Talkabout, they list as many things as they can that fits in that subject in the hope that they hit the magic three objects. If they manage to fill both lists up within a minute, and they can call out "change" to swap the subjects around excitingly, they win a dream prize. If not then they don't, we would imagine.

So then, with many people complaining that they "just want the numbers" they now have a really good argument. It's called On The Spot. Oxycute it!


Format devised by the Chatterbox Partnership and Natalie Hicks.

Theme music

Dave Arch (latterly of Strictly fame) composed a full score.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

See also

National Lottery shows


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