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DJ
DJGM Granada North West Today
This is how an episode of Strike It Lucky has just been broadcast on Challenge just now . . .

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Letterboxed and stretched ... not good!
"The Not-So-Late-Show with Greg Mitchell" will hopefully return in some form, somewhere soon.
Unlikely to be on Roch Valley Radio though.

Stay tuned . . .
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
At least they didn't go one step further and crop it like All 4 does.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
DJGM posted:
This is how an episode of Strike It Lucky has just been broadcast on Challenge just now . . .

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Letterboxed and stretched ... not good!


Yeah that's happened before, there are a handful of episodes in the "system" like that. Pity nobody seems to be monitoring things like this. Wouldn't be surprised if the only people who have anything to do with the channel now are the schedulers (and occasionally those who load the files in the system)... Quality control seems to have gone out the window.
VA
valley
Yeah that's happened before, there are a handful of episodes in the "system" like that. Pity nobody seems to be monitoring things like this. Wouldn't be surprised if the only people who have anything to do with the channel now are the schedulers (and occasionally those who load the files in the system)... Quality control seems to have gone out the window.

Other than the fact that everything will be QC'd before it goes on to the playout servers?
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Yeah that's happened before, there are a handful of episodes in the "system" like that. Pity nobody seems to be monitoring things like this. Wouldn't be surprised if the only people who have anything to do with the channel now are the schedulers (and occasionally those who load the files in the system)... Quality control seems to have gone out the window.

Other than the fact that everything will be QC'd before it goes on to the playout servers?


Somebody was obviously looking the other way when making the file for that episode of SiL.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
It happens quite frequently - think it may have been Strike It Lucky which a few weeks ago was letterboxed then pillarboxed, so at least out in the right ratio but with a complete black border.
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DE
DE88 UTV Newsline
Briefly coming out of retirement to put my neck on the line and say: Challenge will be closed by the end of 2021.

As well as old shows being broadcast in completely the wrong aspect ratios (as Neil says, quality control seems to be non-existent now), the number of hours of The Chase clearly isn't decreasing, while the Weakest Link has joined the long list of shows to be dropped like a hot potato (or so it appears). And it's not exactly a demonstration of love for the channel either, is it, if there are considerably more promos for other Sky channels, programmes and services on it than there are for the channel itself and *its* programmes?

I also doubt that closing Challenge would cost Sky many customers, or leave a significant hole in their finances...
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TI
This Is Granada UTV
DE88 posted:
while the Weakest Link has joined the long list of shows to be dropped like a hot potato (or so it appears).


I would say the Weakest Link has been a recent success for Challenge. It had the 6pm slot all last year from September to Christmas, even getting the 7pm slot too for double bill episodes.
Then in January this year they started series 10 again, also in the 6pm slot for 120 episodes lasting for 24 weeks till the end of June.

And now from tomorrow Challenge are starting Series 10 (yet again!) in the 4pm & 4am slot.

I think Challenge's problem is they they currently only have Series 10 (120 eps) and should look into acquiring more eps other than just running S10 over and over!

With Weakest Link about to get a new season in the USA from next year, and it's still going in some European countries I believe, I would not been too surprised if a UK revival is on the cards.

It's the only show I bother with on Challenge these days...but bored now with just Series 10. Hoping they go old skool back to the early eps from series 1. It's the 20th anniversary this 14th August so will be good if Challenge go back to the start.
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GH
Ghost Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
DE88 posted:
while the Weakest Link has joined the long list of shows to be dropped like a hot potato (or so it appears).


I would say the Weakest Link has been a recent success for Challenge. It had the 6pm slot all last year from September to Christmas, even getting the 7pm slot too for double bill episodes.
Then in January this year they started series 10 again, also in the 6pm slot for 120 episodes lasting for 24 weeks till the end of June.

And now from tomorrow Challenge are starting Series 10 (yet again!) in the 4pm & 4am slot.

I think Challenge's problem is they they currently only have Series 10 (120 eps) and should look into acquiring more eps other than just running S10 over and over!

With Weakest Link about to get a new season in the USA from next year, and it's still going in some European countries I believe, I would not been too surprised if a UK revival is on the cards.

It's the only show I bother with on Challenge these days...but bored now with just Series 10. Hoping they go old skool back to the early eps from series 1. It's the 20th anniversary this 14th August so will be good if Challenge go back to the start.

They have the same problem with Deal or No Deal (which also comes back tomorrow), ever since it they started airing it on and off again in 2018, they only air the first 60-odd episodes, which probably limits the potential audience considering all the differences there are (the so-called ‘Early Installment Weirdness’, to use TV Tropes speak Wink).
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SS
SuperSajuuk STV North Reporting Scotland
The problem Challenge has is that it only negotiates rights with the rights holders and often they don’t provide enough episodes, and they seem unwilling to go back and negotiate more rights. The issue would be less of a problem if challenge had more shows or simply bought the rights (where possible), but since they have so few programming at the moment, they just end up repeating one series over and over.

Look at Millionaire for example: only one outing of S1-S4 and its never been repeated despite them having rights to broadcast any Millionaire episode they feel like showing (or well, more accurately, they have access to all the tapes and just randomly ask for sets to play back)
JO
Johnr
Odd scheduling with Deal Or No Deal, to slap it on after a single episode of Family Fortunes! (I suppose it works because they show 2x45 minute episodes)

They're back to S1 E1, I love how dramatic Noel is 'FIVE THOUSAND!!!'
DE
DE88 UTV Newsline
I still say Challenge will be closed by the end of 2021.

There are just too many things to suggest that it doesn't have a lot of time left. And that includes Sky seeming unwilling to negotiate the rights to more episodes of shows that aren't The Chase, Bullseye and Family Fortunes (much as I like these three).
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