« Topics
1234...737475767778
Neil Jones5,337 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I notice EPG flipping that the Easter Weekend is yet more copious amounts of back to back Chase. Good Friday is 16 straight hours, Saturday is 11hrs, Sunday and the Bank Holiday is both another 16hrs worth each.

I know it makes the money but... 59hrs of the same thing in one weekend? Pretty sure they didn't air Takeshi's Castle that much when it used to prop up the weekend schedule.
2
Juicy Joe and JasonB gave kudos
james-20014,958 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
They definitely did it with the speedboats. Story goes that they had a deal with a local dealership that got them at a cut-down price for a period. If the contestants lost they'd bring out the car or run the holiday VT, if they won, out came the speedboat!


Means the "here's what you could've won" is a lie, as what they showed isn't what they would have won!

Wonder how that would go down with the more recent TV fakery scandals?
Juicy Joe1,503 posts since 25 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I notice EPG flipping that the Easter Weekend is yet more copious amounts of back to back Chase. Good Friday is 16 straight hours, Saturday is 11hrs, Sunday and the Bank Holiday is both another 16hrs worth each.

I know it makes the money but... 59hrs of the same thing in one weekend? Pretty sure they didn't air Takeshi's Castle that much when it used to prop up the weekend schedule.


How do they sustain their audience with such a lengthy run of the same show? Whereas if they varied the schedule, wouldnt the viewers more likely keep watching the channel for longer during the day and not get bored of the same thing?

I'm trying to work out their strategy with their bizarre scheduling decisions?
Square Eyes7,727 posts since 31 Mar 2001
I notice EPG flipping that the Easter Weekend is yet more copious amounts of back to back Chase. Good Friday is 16 straight hours, Saturday is 11hrs, Sunday and the Bank Holiday is both another 16hrs worth each.

I know it makes the money but... 59hrs of the same thing in one weekend? Pretty sure they didn't air Takeshi's Castle that much when it used to prop up the weekend schedule.


How do they sustain their audience with such a lengthy run of the same show? Whereas if they varied the schedule, wouldnt the viewers more likely keep watching the channel for longer during the day and not get bored of the same thing?

I'm trying to work out their strategy with their bizarre scheduling decisions?


Because it's not really a channel that will keep an audience throughout the whole day. It's a drop in channel. And if you are showing an episode of The Chase it's more likely the audience will hang around and stay.

Consistently the 3 shows that rate on Challenge are The Chase, Millionaire & Bullseye.
Jon7,882 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
Challenge are going to start showing My Kitchen Rules from Tuesday 23rd April at 4pm? Again, this seems to be an unusual decision as this is not your traditional quiz/game show usually found on the channel and does not really fit in with the idents or break bumpers.

So you moan about them showing the same shows over and over and when they try something different that is still a type of gameshow, you moan.


They are obviously airing it because they think it will do well for the channel and it at least loosely fits their remit.

I also don’t think the channels break bumpers has define every single programme they show.
2
Jamesypoo and Juicy Joe gave kudos
Neil Jones5,337 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Challenge in the past used to air Brainiac of all things, so airing something like My Kitchen Rules isn't entirely without precedent. And the Wrestling, though that was more likely to be because Sky closed Bravo, launched Challenge on Freeview and didn't have anywhere else to put the wrestling so presumably it was a contract thing.