Playing it Straight
June Sarpong (2005)
Jameela Jamil (2012)
Voiceover: Alan Cumming (2005)
Voiceover: Alan Carr (2012)
Gaydar the Chihuahua, and Brian the Troubadour (2005)
Lion TV for Channel 4, 8 April to 13 May 2005 (6 episodes in 1 series)
Lion TV for E4, 9 January to 27 February 2012 (8 episodes in 1 series)
Reality game show that throws down what it calls the Gaydar Gauntlet - personally, we thought that was the name of one of those novelty student pubs. Anyway, there's £100,000 at stake for the man who can "play it straight".
Zoe from Kent (you know her, surely?) finds herself transported to a Mexican hacienda and presented with ten men all with the aim of winning her heart. But some of them are straight and some of them are gay. If Zoe picks a straight man at the end, the happy couple will split £100,000 prize money between them. If a gay guy can play it straight, he'll win the whole £100,000 for himself.
Zoe, bless her, has to eliminatate guys after each episode and hope to end up with a Jim Morrison, not a Morrissey.
Almost seven years (seven years!) after the first series, this show returned to British screens in early 2012. There was a new host, a voiceover by Channel 4's resident camp interviewer, a new female contender (Cara), and somewhat less of a budget. Mexico was replaced by Spain, and such is the rate of prize inflation that the money was halved to £50,000.
This program had a US debut on FOX in Spring 2004 and bombed, even with a $1,000,000 grand prize. It did so poorly that it was cancelled before the Finale. The entire series was available on internet pay-per-view on the Fox website.
Series two winner Dean Dibsdall also found some transient fame, appearing in the title role of Dean Dibsdall: Model Farmer on the Horse and Country channel.