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all new Phil3,494 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Granada had a few local shows that have stuck in my memory. They sometimes followed the Saturday morning kids shows with (what I presume were) local shows aimed at the same sort of audience. I remember a cookery show called Flantastic, and a science show presented by (whisper it) Fred Talbot, both I think were live and had a studio audience.

We also had Something For The Weekend on a Friday evening at 6.30pm, which I think was previously a part of Granada Tonight that was spun off into a show in its own right. I think it was a combination of live music and local events listings, and possibly came from the Albert Dock.

Speaking of regional music shows, does anyone remember the Tyne Tees show The Roxy?
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robertclark1251,503 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
There was a 1980s game show on STV called Split Second, hosted by Paul Coia. Contestants, from memory, in the early rounds, could choose a easy, moderate, or hard question. Whether the challenge version was the same format, I have no idea.

Another one from STV, but also a separate version made by and shown only by Granada, "The Business Game".
Whataday10,628 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
There was a 1980s game show on STV called Split Second, hosted by Paul Coia. Contestants, from memory, in the early rounds, could choose a easy, moderate, or hard question. Whether the challenge version was the same format, I have no idea.


No, a different format. The STV gameshow was based on an American format whereas I believe the Action Time version was original.
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Worzel4,934 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I guess lots of early Channel 5 shows fall into this category, such as the gameshows Whittle and Move On Up.

I defy you not to get this dreadfully catchy theme song stuck in your head. Either that or the titles will give you a seizure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wLzP6YaoyQ


Such a tacky show and set, even for 1997 standards. It was only ever shown during the period when Whittle was off air and they were recording the second series.

There was a similar game show called Split Second (no examples online) which was made for Channel 5 (I think either by Meridian or Anglia) but was never shown, but got shown on Challenge TV once later in 1997.


100% was pretty good, until that guy (forget his name now) kept winning every single episode for months. The set below is the later one. The voiceover question master was of course ex-newsreader Robin Houston.

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Si-Co2,289 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I guess lots of early Channel 5 shows fall into this category, such as the gameshows Whittle and Move On Up.

I defy you not to get this dreadfully catchy theme song stuck in your head. Either that or the titles will give you a seizure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wLzP6YaoyQ


Such a tacky show and set, even for 1997 standards. It was only ever shown during the period when Whittle was off air and they were recording the second series.

There was a similar game show called Split Second (no examples online) which was made for Channel 5 (I think either by Meridian or Anglia) but was never shown, but got shown on Challenge TV once later in 1997.


Another earlyish C5 quiz was One to Win (which was basically the Going for Gold) hasn't been repeated on Challenge as far as I know. The original host was pretty useless, often stumbling over the questions, and had a strange sense of humour, even making jokes about masturbation. He was replaced part-way through the run by, I think, Robin Houston.
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Steve Williams3,002 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I remember Fun and Games, for the second series, a guy with curly hair and a beard replaced Johnny Ball.


Dr Rob Buckman, former presenter of Where There's Life and TV's second go-to light-hearted doctor in the eighties after Graeme Garden.

We also had Something For The Weekend on a Friday evening at 6.30pm, which I think was previously a part of Granada Tonight that was spun off into a show in its own right. I think it was a combination of live music and local events listings, and possibly came from the Albert Dock.


It did, because I remember that when This Morning moved to London, there was a bit in Broadcast where Granada said not to worry because they would still be using the Albert Dock for things, like Something For The Weekend, as if a half hour local show would be a suitable replacement for ten hours a week of network television. That was in the 6.30 slot Granada had in 1997 in the brief period where they had Home and Away at 5.10 and Granada Tonight at six - which I know some regions always did but Granada hadn't previously - and before they extended Granada Tonight to an hour. Other programmes in that slot included Girls Who Shop presented by Trinny and Susannah, and Schools Challenge, which was exactly the same as University Challenge on the same set, and presented by Mark Radcliffe, while he was doing the Radio 1 breakfast show! And they said he was too low profile!

Carnal Knowledge. Graham Norton's TV debut, which Cher once saw on late night TV and tried to buy the rights for America.


And one of those odd shows that crossed channels, because it started as a one-off for Channel Four as part of a sex-themed evening of programmes in 1995, but they didn't want to do anything else with it, before ITV commissioned it for a million episodes at two in the morning. That was part of the radical revamp of ITV night time in 1996 when all the old shows like James Whale and The Little Picture Show were axed, replaced by a load of new programmes like God's Gift and Hotel Babylon and so on, and famously YTV dropped them all pretty sharpish for being too rude.

100% was pretty good, until that guy (forget his name now) kept winning every single episode for months. The set below is the later one. The voiceover question master was of course ex-newsreader Robin Houston.


Who also did the myriad spin-offs including 100% Sex. Never been more embarrassed for anyone than listening to Robin Houston reading out questions about dildoes.
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