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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Regarding Total Wipeout, on the US version they eventually dropped "total" and it just became Wipeout by name (I liked that show I don't know if there has been any made since?), I know this is another show that has dodged between Challenge and Comedy Central - Challenge has shown both the US/UK versions but Comedy Central just airs the US only version.

The US version was always known as Wipeout - it's the UK, France and India where it became Total Wipeout. Watch did originally show the US version as Total Wipeout USA but probably dropped it once Winter Wipeout came along, which is the name the show took here too for our Winter version.


It is being revived next year on TBS for 20 episodes, but sadly sounds like they haven't learned the lessons of the awful final series and are concentrating on it being a competitive format rather than people falling off the Big Balls.


Of course whilst the name changed here (which certainly benefitted Challenge who have shown both shows over the years) there are other shows where the name has been kept despite the same name previously being used - Finders Keepers was actually a kids game show on the BBC with Richard Stilgoe in the 80s before the CITV show we know launched in the 90s.

And House of Games probably gets away with it by being Richard Osman's House of Games but is the third show listed on UKGameshows.com to use that name.
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Neil Jones6,467 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
It is being revived next year on TBS for 20 episodes, but sadly sounds like they haven't learned the lessons of the awful final series and are concentrating on it being a competitive format rather than people falling off the Big Balls.


Nothing will ever beat a contestant standing at the top of the course proudly proclaiming "I'm going to wipe the floor with the big red balls", and then either go head over arse into the water having fallen off the first one, or performing a full blown face-plant into the third ball.
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kez1927 posts since 13 Apr 2020 new member
STV North Reporting Scotland
It is being revived next year on TBS for 20 episodes, but sadly sounds like they haven't learned the lessons of the awful final series and are concentrating on it being a competitive format rather than people falling off the Big Balls.


Nothing will ever beat a contestant standing at the top of the course proudly proclaiming "I'm going to wipe the floor with the big red balls", and then either go head over arse into the water having fallen off the first one, or performing a full blown face-plant into the third ball.


I can't remember the part of the course but I always laughed at the Mega Sweeper, when contestants jumped but if timing was wrong hit the ground, but this was one of the things that the US version changed throughout its seasons on the BBC version it just seem they became lazy and it became boring (for me anyway).

Just reading on Wiki for Wipeout ... it seemed there was meant to be Wipeout Extreme (US) in 2015 by ABC but it seemed that the network hadn't aired it but dropped all things associated off their website...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipeout_(2008_American_game_show)
Neil Jones6,467 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
That was the second round, it had a few variations such as wearing a sack and the presence of a top bar. It was a more unique design for Winter Wipeout though. In a nutshell just like the original game it was still who went head over arse the quickest and in the most entertaining manner possible, especially if you take somebody else out with you in the process.

Still there are worse ways to win £10k that don't involve making a prat of yourself in Argentina.
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Steve Williams3,172 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Still there are worse ways to win £10k that don't involve making a prat of yourself in Argentina.


I always enjoyed Total Wipeout, I thought it still had a few more series in it when it was axed.

I always remember Ben Miller, despite everything, laughing uproariously at it on You Have Been Watching. "It may just be falling in the water but it's every kind of falling in the water you can think of!"
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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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It was Endemol rather than the BBC who pulled the plug on it as they closed the international site. For me our version wasn't a patch on the early runs of the US series but the last series we did produce, Winter Wipeout, was by far the best they did.

And talking of Ben Miller I've always thought Armstrong and Miller would have been a good choice to front it as I think the show needs a duo to bounce of each other, although Hammond did a decent enough job working solo.
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Hatton Cross3,557 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Richard Hammond (who did a great deadpan gag delivery) I always thought got the gig, riding on the slow burning rise of Top Gear. He brought a different audience with him that otherwise would have never even given it a chance of a watch.

Ben Miller could have wrote the script himself, rather than Hammond who had The Dawson Brothers, and Richard Porter (Top Gear and The Grand Tour head writer) write most of the presentation links and material.

It played on the 'children watching and laughing at adults being stupid - and adults watching and laughing at adults being stupid' so was the perfect and holy grail for all channel commissioners, that elusive all age groups to watch together format.
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SuperSajuuk351 posts since 24 Feb 2018
STV North Reporting Scotland
Don't know whether it was mentioned here or not, but it appears that the Challenge website (challenge.co.uk) is non-existent. Appears to load just a white screen with no content, there isn't an HTTPS cert on it and is probably just abandoned now. Shame, because it was a useful resource for some information and knowing what was planned for the channel in the future.

I wonder who actually manages Challenge now (apart from Sky being owner ofc) and whether they're interested in keeping up any of their social platforms or websites.
Neil Jones6,467 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
The website disappeared a while back.
Their Facebook page is still there, but hasn't been posted to since July 2019, in fact its still implying its on Sky channel 145...
Digging through some of the comments seems to imply the website was still there in October 2019.

I do wonder sometimes whether this is only still running at all due to contractual reasons, because I can't consider any other reason why in this day and age you'd have a website and social media and then not use them?

In fact this seems to be their official website now, which if nothing else seems to fit in with the rest of the Sky.com offerings of telling you nothing about the channel itself but here's a list of what we show instead:
https://www.sky.com/watch/channel/challenge
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SuperSajuuk351 posts since 24 Feb 2018
STV North Reporting Scotland
I do wonder sometimes whether this is only still running at all due to contractual reasons, because I can't consider any other reason why in this day and age you'd have a website and social media and then not use them?

Three possibilities:

1) The management (ie the people running it day-to-day) has no idea they exist, so they aren't making a point of posting to things they don't know about.
2) The management is aware of their existence, but has no interest in using them for communication to viewers.
3) They're being left just to stop name squatters grabbing the brand name and using it to defame the channel.