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New series... and a new zone

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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I read it as groups of 4 (instead of Cool, but all have to be under one booking, so presumably from one household or "bubble". That instantly halves their income you'd assume.
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PATV Scunthorpe Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Once again, it seems that Australia will be seeing episodes that haven't been aired over here yet. I assume these are celebrity episodes left over from the last series.





(and as suggested in the tweet, on a different channel, not on SBS Viceland as before)
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Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
You'd have though that Channel 4 might have considered broadcasting some of these yet unseen (in the UK) episodes, rather than hastily commissioning several programmes during the pandemic to fill the schedules.
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Tim Goodwin1 Granada North West Today
I feel they should focus less on Celebrities and let normal people take it on
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iloveTV1 (previously iloveTV2304) London London
I feel they should focus less on Celebrities and let normal people take it on


The problem is the civilian shows do a lot worse than the celebrity ones.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
It is careful what you wish for when it comes to revivals - I certainly wish they'd kept to the civilian route, and more than that I think it needs to be strangers as the original was - we've seen with families and friends they're too quick to buy out when it isn't strategically what they want. If they really want celebs involved I'd rather have the format see a celebrity captain a civilian team each week - that might be the best of both worlds.

Sadly though this revival just hasn't panned out as it should thanks to eratic scheduling and a bit too much chatter and not enough game in the show itself - they could easily have accomodated 12 games an episode. I personally like Richard Ayode and his style of presenting, but it isn't for everyone.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
It is careful what you wish for when it comes to revivals - I certainly wish they'd kept to the civilian route, and more than that I think it needs to be strangers as the original was - we've seen with families and friends they're too quick to buy out when it isn't strategically what they want. If they really want celebs involved I'd rather have the format see a celebrity captain a civilian team each week - that might be the best of both worlds.

Sadly though this revival just hasn't panned out as it should thanks to eratic scheduling and a bit too much chatter and not enough game in the show itself - they could easily have accomodated 12 games an episode. I personally like Richard Ayode and his style of presenting, but it isn't for everyone.
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Mr Kite Granada North West Today
I feel they should focus less on Celebrities and let normal people take it on


The problem is the civilian shows do a lot worse than the celebrity ones.


Is that so? Personally, I find celebrities boring. Also, I prefer the strangers of the original series over the "mates having an afternoon paintballing" dynamic.
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Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
I feel they should focus less on Celebrities and let normal people take it on


The problem is the civilian shows do a lot worse than the celebrity ones.


Is that so? Personally, I find celebrities boring. Also, I prefer the strangers of the original series over the "mates having an afternoon paintballing" dynamic.


Of course they weren't "total" strangers, not just a case of turn up at the studios one day and find out who's going to watch you make a hash of things, the Bob Lishman story (he was a contestant in the final series) says they met up the night before and generally socialised a bit over dinner and between takes, plus of course it was done over two days anyway, so they probably became good acquaintances if nothing else by the time they got to the dome - probably not "friends" as such, though these days they'd probably add each other to Facebook.

So when you look at it that way the modern way of doing Crystal is only an extension of what they were doing in the first place, only the relationship is closer between the contestants.
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PFMC84 UTV Newsline
I've spoken to a few former contestants, including Bob, who all basically said the same thing, they were total strangers that met the evening before for a meal and a drink with Richard/Ed and they got to know a bit about one another then, and then there were 2 days of filming together afterwards so they go to know each other a bit more as the days went on.

One of the other contestants I spoke to was Dave Murphy, who was part of the infamous team in series 4 that got to the dome with 1 crystal. He recorded parts of the meal and his chats with Richard the night before filming and sent me some videos, and I think he has since uploaded them to YouTube or some other video site. Incidentally, he also told me he was working in New York on Sept. 11th and was in a building beside the twin towers and saw one of the planes hit the tower close up. Scary stuff.
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Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
It's interesting to wonder how team dynamics could have changed had Tom, Dick, Fred, Harry, Velma and Scooby only met on the set of the Aztec zone, and recording was done as seen on screen, ie in one continuous block. Of course some people get on like a house on fire from the first second they meet, and others irritate the crap out of anything that moves, but generally most people are reasonably tolerant and would make some effort to at least try and get along for the good of the shared experience.

Some shows attract more "wide ranging" events, like a lot of Countdown contestants seem to be part of a wider club/internet community (this was effectively spoofed in the form of "Street Countdown" in an episode of The IT Crowd).
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Capybara Granada North West Today
Some shows attract more "wide ranging" events, like a lot of Countdown contestants seem to be part of a wider club/internet community (this was effectively spoofed in the form of "Street Countdown" in an episode of The IT Crowd).

I think the most recognised one now must be the Millionaire chatrooms online, after we saw Quiz
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