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MetalGearRex1,053 posts since 11 May 2016
London London

I think Sky need to do something about Challenge, either go back to being pay channel or shut down.


I think this is a bit drastic just because TNA won't be on there anymore!!! Challenge brings a much-needed variety to Freeview - you don't want another Drama channel or Shopping channel to take it's place do you?? In fact, I have never watched TNA anyway so I don't know what all the fuss is about!!

If anything, it'll give them space to air some different TV gameshows or formats which is what the crux of what the channel is in the 1st place!!

Bring back Treasure Hunt!!!

Took the words right out of my mouth. It's provided what is a niche genre onto the Freeview platform, while what was left of Channel One upon its closure was picked up by Pick over the years, neutering out the endless dross it put out when it was branded as Sky3.
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Neil Jones3,683 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Challenge seem to have what could be described as a borked playout setup at the moment particularly with 30 minute programmes as it seems to be showing the same episode of things twice in a row.

Tonight's 8pm Bullseye episode has aired twice one after another, as was an episode of Supermarket Sweep yesterday and there was at least one more example of this this weekend alone.

Problem first spotted by me last week but may have been going on longer.
Neil Jones3,683 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Bit of a flawed question really, what is now Challenge launched in February 1997, but the channel as such launched in September 1993 as Family Channel so its birthday is technically not until then. But anyway...

It's a shame that Crystal Maze appears to be the oldest programme in the current schedule. The amount of dependence this channel now has on Chase, Pointless, Millionaire and (to a lesser extent) Bullseye gets worse every month, and Christmas week was literally full of these four shows + Crystal Maze.

Its become increasingly obvious that Challenge are expecting little (if any) new money to come their way any time soon (in light of Sky cutbacks after their Premier League deal) for new shows - most of what they did buy didn't generate good ratings sadly.

So if anything does happen for the 20th Challenge anniversary it will probably be limited to a sting, ident or "celebrate with Bradley and The Chase for the umpteenth time!"
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rob6,885 posts since 7 Apr 2001
Meridian (South) South Today
Its the Wheel of fortunes ( with Nicky) which is the oldest show on Challenge, Im sure that was on last week. I agree it needs some new shows. Plus your right about the it birthday. Very Happy


I think Neil is referring to the fact that The Crystal Maze has been in the Challenge schedule longer than any other show.
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