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BillyH1,402 posts since 26 May 2001
London London
The long-gone Challenge forum was great fun back in the day (2002-03, or the “Takeshi Era” of the channel) - all sorts of fun characters mostly in their early teens getting very overly dramatic about everything, “DaztheMax” being one of the more memorable (and indeed me included). But rather than just being an online school playground it also had a lot of input from people involved in the channel, leading to the brilliant moment when after they removed Knightmare from the schedule mid-series, I expressed disappointment that they hadn’t finished the series as I was taping it on VHS at the time, and they replied “Alright, we’ll put the rest of it on at 6am next week for you” - and did! Whether I actually had input in that decision is debatable but teenage me felt very smug at the idea that I’d actually helped a programme decision happen.

The forum lasted well into the late noughties and maybe into the next decade, but I’m not sure when it was removed.
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JasonB5,373 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
The long-gone Challenge forum was great fun back in the day (2002-03, or the “Takeshi Era” of the channel) - all sorts of fun characters mostly in their early teens getting very overly dramatic about everything, “DaztheMax” being one of the more memorable (and indeed me included). But rather than just being an online school playground it also had a lot of input from people involved in the channel, leading to the brilliant moment when after they removed Knightmare from the schedule mid-series, I expressed disappointment that they hadn’t finished the series as I was taping it on VHS at the time, and they replied “Alright, we’ll put the rest of it on at 6am next week for you” - and did! Whether I actually had input in that decision is debatable but teenage me felt very smug at the idea that I’d actually helped a programme decision happen.

The forum lasted well into the late noughties and maybe into the next decade, but I’m not sure when it was removed.


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Johnr631 posts since 6 Apr 2004
Quite funny how Bruce mentioned in interviews how he regretted doing so many game shows as he felt they were 'money for old rope' (in that he just turned up to a studio for a couple of weeks and that was that) yet the episodes are still entertaining old and new viewers 20-30 years later!
Steve Williams3,172 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Quite funny how Bruce mentioned in interviews how he regretted doing so many game shows as he felt they were 'money for old rope' (in that he just turned up to a studio for a couple of weeks and that was that) yet the episodes are still entertaining old and new viewers 20-30 years later!


At the time he welcomed the opportunities he got from The Price Is Right and Play Your Cards Right, because he said he'd got a bit tired of the Generation Game because it took a lot of preparation, needing to learn five new games every week, and in his last series they had to replace two shows at the last minute because he was ill - one with Jim Davidson standing in, one a clip show - and I remember reading in the papers at the time that they were concerned he was getting too old and ill (just the twenty years too early). He said that one of the reasons he moved to ITV was the "luxury" of a tightly formatted show like Play Your Cards Right that didn't take up too much time to record - although Leslie Crowther once said that The Price Is Right was more complicated than it looked because you had to learn the rules to 25 separate games over the series.

But while he welcomed the opportunity for more free time (while still earning lots of money), I think he was disappointed during that spell at ITV that they didn't seem especially interested in giving him other things to do in all this free time he now had. He did a few variety shows at ITV, like his Audience With and the Palladium revival, but not many, and they were happy enough with him just doing these quizzes. I always thought The Price Is Right, especially, was a bit of a waste of his talents because there weren't enough opportunities in the format for him to muck about. It's a bit like You Bet, which always seems a very un-Brucie format, he had to do a lot of straight presenting.

Play Your Cards Right was much better in that it was a much simpler format so there was more time and space for gags (although he always said it was guaranteed that whenever they had really funny contestants who got loads of laughs in the chat, the game would always go on so much it would all have to be cut out). Of course, LWT bought the rights to Play Your Cards Right at the same time ATV bought Family Fortunes, as which point Brucie decided he liked Family Fortunes better and asked if they could swap, but they said no. And in the end, you could say they made the right choice, because Family Fortunes was probably the stronger format, hence why it was able to continue with several hosts, but Play Your Cards Right was the better vehicle for Brucie, hence they never did it without him.

Everyone forgets how much Brucie's career was down the toilet at the turn of the century, only appearing on telly via stockpiled episodes of The Price Is Right on Saturday teatimes and repeats of The Fiddley Foodle Bird.
VMPhil10,397 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Quite funny how Bruce mentioned in interviews how he regretted doing so many game shows as he felt they were 'money for old rope' (in that he just turned up to a studio for a couple of weeks and that was that) yet the episodes are still entertaining old and new viewers 20-30 years later!

It's like how in the Bob Monkhouse documentaries, they gloss over the stuff he did for Central in the ’90s, Bob’s Your Uncle and The $64,000 Question, because Bob said he thought he did too many gameshows and they don't seem to be worth talking about (not directly, I think he was quoted as saying that in The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse). Would be nice if we got a Bob Monkhouse doc where they went into a bit more detail about that era.
Steve Williams3,172 posts since 1 Aug 2008
It's like how in the Bob Monkhouse documentaries, they gloss over the stuff he did for Central in the ’90s, Bob’s Your Uncle and The $64,000 Question, because Bob said he thought he did too many gameshows and they don't seem to be worth talking about (not directly, I think he was quoted as saying that in The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse). Would be nice if we got a Bob Monkhouse doc where they went into a bit more detail about that era.


When Bob moved to Central he suggested a few old formats, including a revival of Celebrity Squares, but the Head of Entertainment said "With respect, Bob, we wanted you to come to Central to do something dazzlingly new", and so they came up with Bob's Your Uncle (which was a mish-mash of acquired formats). But that flopped, so they revived Celebrity Sqaures instead.

That probably is Bob's low point, his time at Central in the early nineties, in Victor Lewis-Smith's book of TV reviews there's a piece about Celebrity Squares referring to it as an ancient old format with an ancient old host. Bob said that one reason why comedians used to like doing gameshows was that there was a reason for you to be on screen, you could get a lot of exposure without using up your own material and if you were funny it was a bit of a bonus. But the obvious downfall is that they were so cheap and easy to make, you could get a bit stuck on them.
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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Quite funny how Bruce mentioned in interviews how he regretted doing so many game shows as he felt they were 'money for old rope' (in that he just turned up to a studio for a couple of weeks and that was that) yet the episodes are still entertaining old and new viewers 20-30 years later!

Didn't he spend a good chunk of the year abroad anyway, so those sort of formats which took him a couple of weeks to film kept in on screen for a good chunk of the year whilst giving him the vast majority of the year to do as he pleases.
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Andrew14,535 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Quite funny how Bruce mentioned in interviews how he regretted doing so many game shows as he felt they were 'money for old rope' (in that he just turned up to a studio for a couple of weeks and that was that) yet the episodes are still entertaining old and new viewers 20-30 years later!

It's like how in the Bob Monkhouse documentaries, they gloss over the stuff he did for Central in the ’90s, Bob’s Your Uncle and The $64,000 Question, because Bob said he thought he did too many gameshows and they don't seem to be worth talking about (not directly, I think he was quoted as saying that in The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse). Would be nice if we got a Bob Monkhouse doc where they went into a bit more detail about that era.

To be honest I never quite like the way they turn their nose up at that Price is Right era of Brucie’s career, as that 90s stuff including the Generation Game is what I grew up watching him on. Bruce’s Price is Right was one of my favourites and I thought it was one of those classic Brucie shows where he’d be mixing with the public, shoving them about as they need to get into position for the next game. On PYCR you’d have him pretending to take offence at the questions as they’d often include Bruce

I’m always annoyed when a Brucie doc often spends loads of time on the early stuff, gets as far as his move to LWT forBruce’s Big Night and then quickly skips past everything else and jumps straight to Have I got News for You and then Strictly.

It’s obvious as an entertainer he’d want to do more one man shows, but we know often they might not rate very well.
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Xilla236 posts since 29 Nov 2003
The long-gone Challenge forum was great fun back in the day (2002-03, or the “Takeshi Era” of the channel) - all sorts of fun characters mostly in their early teens getting very overly dramatic about everything, “DaztheMax” being one of the more memorable (and indeed me included). But rather than just being an online school playground it also had a lot of input from people involved in the channel, leading to the brilliant moment when after they removed Knightmare from the schedule mid-series, I expressed disappointment that they hadn’t finished the series as I was taping it on VHS at the time, and they replied “Alright, we’ll put the rest of it on at 6am next week for you” - and did! Whether I actually had input in that decision is debatable but teenage me felt very smug at the idea that I’d actually helped a programme decision happen.

The forum lasted well into the late noughties and maybe into the next decade, but I’m not sure when it was removed.


I think I was responsible for them showing Family Catchphrase repeats in the mid-2000s. I pointed out to them that as TVS-era Catchphrase was unavailable, why not dig into their own archive and dust off the tapes? Next thing I know, it's scheduled for an early morning repeat run!
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