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CO
Coronavision
Jonwo posted:
Also worth pointing out the original US version of Catchphrase ran around the same time as Strike It Rich, the UK versions of both began around the same time, both flopped in the US and ended after one season whereas both become very long running successes in the UK.


You couldn't sell a new game show format in the US in the mid-late 1980s for love nor money. The industry had all but dried up, Merv Griffin's shows had eaten what interest there was left, even Mark Goodson couldn't find a successful New format around this time and was reduced to digging up old ones. In fact, arguably the last successful Goodson format was 1980's Blockbusters (Child's Play, Body Language and Trivia Trap all bombed), and even Blockbusters rated poorly throughout its run. Without such a colossus churning out new stuff the rest of it floundered.


I imagine when Millionaire came along in both the UK and US, it rejuvenated the gameshow market but also made many shows look old hat.


Indeed so but the US market ran out of steam a good ten years before Millionaire. Indeed there had been a couple of million-dollar game shows in America in the mid 80s in an attempt to revive the genre.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
America's always been about giving away shed loads of money in their gameshows and lotteries, although when you consider they effectively have to give a substantial chunk of it away (something like 40%?) to the IRS and then maybe a smaller chunk to their local state, so the winning doesn't look as generous as it does on paper/screen, although last time I looked into this it was possible to mitigate as an annual annuity, something like 30 payments over 29 years in the case of Powerball which would reduce the tax liability and allow you to keep more of your winnings, which would be reduced in value over 29 years anyway by inflation so...
BA
bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
America's always been about giving away shed loads of money in their gameshows and lotteries, although when you consider they effectively have to give a substantial chunk of it away (something like 40%?) to the IRS and then maybe a smaller chunk to their local state, so the winning doesn't look as generous as it does on paper/screen, although last time I looked into this it was possible to mitigate as an annual annuity, something like 30 payments over 29 years in the case of Powerball which would reduce the tax liability and allow you to keep more of your winnings, which would be reduced in value over 29 years anyway by inflation so...


Indeed, I believe that taxes have to paid up front for prizes on shows, so some contestants on The Price Is Right refuse prizes because of this - though refusal is rarely the case for the Showcase Showdown.

I think Strike It Rich did have more ridiculous prizes, but from what I heard from people who've been on the show, they never got the prizes anyway, just a cash equivalent.


The credits for Strike It Rich mention Red Letter Days (known for such wacky experiences) - presumably even if the cash equivalent was given, they could approach them and take such an experience.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Will be interesting to see how Strike it Lucky is received when it airs during Alan Carr's new show as that's one format which didn't appear in the previous Gameshow Marathon runs.

I think we've thought a few times about the "what ifs" of had this pandemic happened 20 years earlier or more. I suspect if it had happened in the 90s ITV would have had quite a few gameshows in the can they could rely on for the months ahead, generally recorded in fairly significant volumes too.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I think Strike It Rich did have more ridiculous prizes, but from what I heard from people who've been on the show, they never got the prizes anyway, just a cash equivalent.


The credits for Strike It Rich mention Red Letter Days (known for such wacky experiences) - presumably even if the cash equivalent was given, they could approach them and take such an experience.


The people I heard it from had been on Strike it Lucky, maybe Strike It Rich was different and they did give the prizes, or at least some of them, out. I presume they wouldn't have been credited otherwise.
CO
Coronavision
It's always been fairly common practice for producers to offer cash equivalent if the contestant doesn't want a given prize, as far as I know. The only time that changes is if a prize was offered at a subsidised price by a sponsor in return for advertising, then it's at the discretion of the sponsor.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
It's always been fairly common practice for producers to offer cash equivalent if the contestant doesn't want a given prize, as far as I know. The only time that changes is if a prize was offered at a subsidised price by a sponsor in return for advertising, then it's at the discretion of the sponsor.


Presumably those contestants in their 80s and 90s didn't take those bungee jumps they won then Smile
TI
This Is Granada UTV
The EPG now has full listings for Challenge+1 again? It was showing "Challenge+1 is now closed" up until yesterday?

So is it staying or going?
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KE
kernow
The EPG now has full listings for Challenge+1 again? It was showing "Challenge+1 is now closed" up until yesterday?

So is it staying or going?


It's still showing "Challenge+1 is now closed" from Monday at 6am until Tuesday at 6am (on the Sky EPG at least), with full listings on all other days.
JJ
Juicy Joe Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Crystal Maze replaced by Impossible on Monday 8th June and Blankety Blank moved back an hour and substituted by Chase at 6pm on Saturday 6th June.
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Crystal Maze replaced by Impossible on Monday 8th June and Blankety Blank moved back an hour and substituted by Chase at 6pm on Saturday 6th June.

Why these changes?
AS
AS 21 West Country (West) Spotlight
Crystal Maze replaced by Impossible on Monday 8th June and Blankety Blank moved back an hour and substituted by Chase at 6pm on Saturday 6th June.

Of course, they’ll cut to The Chase!
I can’t see Challenge lasting longer, pretty sure it’s the only channel that Sky don’t bring much attention to.

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