The People Versus - 2001
The People Versus was a very shortlived show made by Celador, the same production company behind the much more successful Who Wants to be a Mllionaire and made a big play of it's 'unique' angle of having the viewers set the questions. The first series went out in Summer 2000, during primetime, and worked with huge prizes (£5000/question). When a contestant got a question wrong, the question-setter took his seat in the game. The show unfortunately didn't take off, with the second series being moved to ITV's traditional 'kill it off' slot. It was placed daily at teatime, with much smaller prizes, and changed rules.
Knightmare - 1989
Produced by Broadsword, for Anglia Television, Knightmare was a hugely successful show on Childrens ITV. It started in the late 80s, and ran through to the mid-90s, before finally being killed off, as the CITV of the 90s decided to pander to a much younger audience instead. The premise was simple enough - A contestent, unable to see what was going on, was guided through a maze of dungeons, corridors and outdoor areas in an attempt to solve a quest. All the scenes were created using Chroma-Key overlaying (ie - standing in front of a coloured screen) and, although the graphics look somewhat dated today, they were groundbreaking for the time. Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.
Countdown - 2001
Countdown has never been a show with glitzy prizes, but instead based more around being comfy and intelligent. It has remained on Channel 4 in a teatime slot since the station's launch in 1982, notable for being the first programme ever broadcast by the fledgling station. Made by Yorkshire Television at their Leeds studios, it was hosted by the venerable Richard Whiteley, who had gained fame on Yorkshire's local Calender News, and Carol Vorderman from launch until Summer 2005, when tragically and somewhat unexpectedly Mr Whiteley passed away after an illness. After a gap, the show finally returned with Des Lynam at the helm. From that point on, the hosts changed on a more frequent basis and the show eventually moved to Granada's studios in Manchester.
Countdown - 2002
Countdown @ 25 - 2007
With Countdown being the very first show to air on the channel back in 1982, no celebration of 25 years of Channel 4 would be complete without a special edition the programme that started it all of course. The opening titles to a very special 25th anniversary edition of Countdown, mixing together every set of titles since the programme launch. Carol hasn't aged a bit!
Family Fortunes - 1983
Family Fortunes is a show which has been around for many years on ITV and was the UK equivalent of Family Feud from the US. Basically, the idea behind the show is 2 families battle it out to try and guess what '100 people surveyed' answered to some strange questions. Although that basic principle of the idea has remained over the years, many things have changed such as presenters, prizes and filming location. Originally produced by Central Television from their midlands home, it went through a series of presenters before being axed in 2002. The show was later to return made in London with celebrities in 2006. Thanks to James Hadfield for this clip from 1983, with the show hosted by Max Bygraves.
Family Fortunes - 1987 (1st)
The titles from the first series made in 1987. A series of several firsts, it was the first to experiment with the use a coloured scoreboard/screen, and the first to feature a young Les Dennis as host. The Scoreboard didn't remain past this series, but Les certainly did going on to present the show for the next decade! Thanks to James Hadfield for the clip.
Family Fortunes - 1987 (2nd)
Family Fortunes - 1990
Family Fortunes - 1993
Family Fortunes - 1999
Family Fortunes - 2001
Family Fortunes - 2002
2002, and Family Fortunes was moved to the infamous 'kill off' teatime slot, meaning prizes were reduced and the host was replaced with Andy Collins for a single series (who subsequently went on to big things with shopping channels). After this series, the show was axed for several years, giving ITV the chance to close down the remaining studios of Central in Birmingham.
All-Star Family Fortunes - 2001
In 2001, a celebrity series of Family Fortunes was screened known as 'All Star Family Fortunes', featuring the same principle, but with celebrity teams battling to win money for(You guessed it!!) charity. When the show was revived in 2006 under Vernon Kay, All-Star Family Fortunes would become the normal format for the show.
A Question of TV - 2001
A Question of TV was another spinoff from the venerable Question of Sport. It aired in 2001... and only ever lasted for the one series. Not a big show by any stretch of the imagination, but the titles show clips from old BBC idents to keep the enthusiasts happy. There are also three clips from independent television... LWT, ATV and Tyne Tees Television too
Going For Gold - 1991
Wheel of Fortune - 2001
Wheel of Fortune ran for many years, based off the American Format of the same name, and produced by Scottish Television. After having a variety of presenters over the years, and glitzy prizes, it finally finished around 2001, finishing its days like so many other shows in the 'daytime cut down' slot.
The Weakest Link - 2001
The Krypton Factor - 1987
The original Krypton Factor ran from 1977 until 1995, with the venerable Gordon Burns at the helm for many years. Designed to challenge all aspects of the contestants, without big glitzy prizes at the end, it soon became known as Television's Toughest Quiz. In 2008 ITV announced the programme was set for a return to screens, updated with 21st Century technology and a new host...
The Krypton Factor - 2009
On New Years Day 2009 The Krypton Factor returned to UK screens, complete with new host, and newly updated sequences. An unusual funding stream for the programme whereby it was almost entirely funded by a sponsorship deal with Sage rather than via the usual advertising break meant it could retain much of the feel and 'toughness' for the first series. This weakened a little with a second series the following year (as well as a move down South from their Granada Manchester home), before the sponsorship was dropped and ITV axed the show once more.