Bit of Bully “unbeatable”, say lab

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 by

Everyone in OTT Towers knows that the best line on Off The Telly is Ian Jones asking “Where are the quizzes?” while discussing BBC1′s mid-’80s Saturday night line-up. The thing is, it can never be said enough, because the undemanding quiz show you can watch over beans on toast and shout out the answers to is, when it’s done well, always welcome.

Hence why it’s so great to see Bullseye back on our screens, albeit on Challenge and, bizarrely, at 10pm. The most interesting thing about this revival is that it’s done completely straight. Bar host Dave Spikey expressing his excitement about getting to do Bullseye at the start, there’s no irony involved at all, and it’s almost exactly how you would imagine Bully would be were it still running today. Even the prizes are a bit ropey – but that’s Challenge budgets for you.

Dave doesn’t refer to BFH, says that anything is super or require two minutes to count out the cash – he simply hosts it as a conventional game show host doing a conventional game show. As such, it’s still great fun, and a welcome lesson as to how to revive a TV programme. Why it’s not on Sunday afternoons is beyond me.


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