Fans of old game shows are in for a treat. That’s because the BBC has added a host of old ones to its iPlayer service.
Fancy bingeing on old episodes of ‘Big Break’, ‘Call My Bluff’, ‘The Weakest Link’, ‘Ask the Family’ and ‘Friends Like These’? As we say, you’re in for a treat.
The shows can be found in the Classic Game Shows section of the iPlayer site.
The selection was curated by Richard Osman, a quiz show producer and co-host of ‘Pointless’. He introduced the selection in a blog post.
“I love quiz shows,” he wrote. “I’ve been making them for many years, and now I have accidentally stumbled into hosting them too.
"They rarely win Baftas, they never get reviewed in the posh papers, but the enduring ones capture a place in the hearts of the nation in a way that very few shows do.”
He says the reason quiz shows are so successful is because they’re so interactive and very cheap to make, but "are made with great attention to detail and great enthusiasm".
He goes on: “There has always been a wonderful sub-set of people who work in TV, who simply love making quiz shows.
"Great producers, great format-tinkerers, and, most importantly, the great unsung question writers. You might call us geeks, I couldn’t possibly comment.”