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Old 28-12-2013, 18:21
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I used to enjoy watching this show when it was on channel 5.

They have got a 1st ever episodes day of game shows and quizzes on challenge.

I am presently watching Whittle on +1. I wonder if Challenge will be airing the rest of the Whittle shows.
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Old 28-12-2013, 18:24
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I hope so or even better make some new ones it is a very cheap show wouldn't cost them very much also looking forward to the new Brian Conley show Timeline.
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Old 28-12-2013, 19:02
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I hope so or even better make some new ones it is a very cheap show wouldn't cost them very much also looking forward to the new Brian Conley show Timeline.
Right the news you've been waiting for

All of Series 1 of Whittle will be broadcast weekdays from the 13th January at 10.30am and 11.00am
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Old 28-12-2013, 19:26
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Right the news you've been waiting for

All of Series 1 of Whittle will be broadcast weekdays from the 13th January at 10.30am and 11.00am
Good oh have to set the tivo then.
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Old 28-12-2013, 19:28
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Back to the early days of Channel 5 with its cardboard cut-out studios!!

Whittle was a bit of harmless fun. Cheap as chips though!
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Old 28-12-2013, 20:31
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Never heard of this show. Looked on youtube and there is one with Tim Vine presenting. Is that the one ?
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Old 28-12-2013, 20:32
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Never heard of this show. Looked on youtube and there is one with Tim Vine presenting. Is that the one ?
Yes...
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Old 28-12-2013, 20:33
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Thanks. It was only outtakes. This must have been shown in my missing years
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Old 29-12-2013, 14:10
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This used to be one of my favourite shows when it was on!
Glad Challenge are showing all of series 1
Can anyone remember how many series were done in the end?
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Old 25-01-2014, 21:33
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Christ, saw a couple of them today. This is incredibly cheap. Remember watching this as a kid when it was on Channel 5 before 100%, and it seemed ok then, but looking back it seems to have all been recorded as live in one take and poor Tim Vine's clearly struggling to get any sort of banter out of half the mostly unwilling contestants - the amount of conversations that end with "Oh, ok. Interesting" and then awkwardly move onto the next player is a little cringworthy to watch. One of the 'four to follow' basically took himself out the game at the first opportunity this evening by deliberately not even bothering to press anything in the first question, right after Tim had clearly embarrassed him by trying and failing to get him to tell a joke in Arabic. He'd clearly decided he didn't want any more attention that evening.

Then there's the shots of only some of the audience applauding where the others are just stubbornly sitting still and not bothering (how did they get left in the final edit?), and Tim making tons of (sometimes quite funny) one-liners only to be met with bemused silence, and following them up with self-depreciating quips of the "Well, I thought it was funny. Anyway..." kind which bomb even harder. Everyone seems really embarrassed to be there, like they were hoping to be on The Price is Right or something and got this instead, and while Tim's clearly desperately trying to keep up the energy as best he can it can get very painful to watch at points.

All of which make it so bad it's actually quite brilliant!
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Old 25-01-2014, 21:37
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I posted in the thread about getting to know contestants on gameshows.
I watched Whittle the other week and it was one of the worst for that type of thing.

It's excruciating listening to all the inane chat, rubbish anecdotes, what they're scared of etc.
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Old 25-01-2014, 21:54
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Can anyone remember how many series were done in the end?
2... but that equates to 130 episodes.
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Old 25-01-2014, 22:22
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Well one of the contestants didn't know who Tim Vine was!
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Old 25-01-2014, 22:35
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Well one of the contestants didn't know who Tim Vine was!
Mind you in 1997 when Whittle first aired, Tim Vine may have been unknown to some back then.

ITV had a similar show before Whittle called Everybody's Equal, this was transmitted in 1990 and was hosted by Chris Tarrant, a clip can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6QaXWuM1J4
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Old 25-01-2014, 22:36
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The prize didn't give them much incentive did it though to be fair and I also get the impression that the same audience was kept for a few editions so maybe the episode you saw was after 10 filmings.

Considering how cheap it was it was entertaining, in fact more entertaining than some of the high budget offerings itv and the BBC do on a Saturday night.

I hope Challenge make some new ones with a better cash prize and an audience that know what they are in for.

One of my fave contestants this week was being mocked by Tim I think he worked on a cruise ship or the navy and Tim was getting onto him about it and sailors and the response from the contestant was "Alright! Calm Down!!" after which he promptly didn't answer the question and put on his Whittle mask in disgust.
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Old 26-01-2014, 19:57
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Well one of the contestants didn't know who Tim Vine was!
Poor Tim they brought in a teacher and his students whom he was learning English!!!!! So no one understood the question or the jokes.

The researchers really must have been desperate on that edition.
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Old 26-01-2014, 21:22
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Whittle was great. Well, it was naff, but they knew it was naff, we knew it was naff, and they just had a laugh with it.

There was another cheapo quiz they did as well around that time where there'd just be 3 contestants and a voice asking 100 questions, and the winner got the grand sum of 100. It was terrible, but really addictive though. I recall some chap won about 75 shows in a row and they had to force him to quit in the end.
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Old 26-01-2014, 21:30
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Whittle was great. Well, it was naff, but they knew it was naff, we knew it was naff, and they just had a laugh with it.

There was another cheapo quiz they did as well around that time where there'd just be 3 contestants and a voice asking 100 questions, and the winner got the grand sum of 100. It was terrible, but really addictive though. I recall some chap won about 75 shows in a row and they had to force him to quit in the end.
Would like to see 100% and Brainteaser repeated or revived.
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Old 27-01-2014, 16:15
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Started watching it again..Id forgotten how many people fail to press their buttons on a question.
There was over 20 on the first question i watched today.
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Old 27-01-2014, 16:29
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Isn't the basic concept of this show used for 1 vs 100, one of the shows the BBC uses to pump up the length of the lottery results over and above the 5 minutes or so that is absolutely necessary???
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Old 27-01-2014, 17:09
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Caught this early am today, couldn't believe that was Tim Vine, had to watch it all the way to the end just to make sure lol.

Thought by the look of it it must be late 80s/early 90s but feel really old seeing it was '97 onwards
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Old 30-01-2014, 19:03
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As much as I like Tim Vine and the gameshow I would like to see Challenge show Everybodys Equal.

This was hosted by Chris Tarrant and was basically the same game with a different title.
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Old 30-01-2014, 19:09
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I really like Tim Vine, his stand up shows have me in fits of laughter but watching him on Whittle just makes me cringe, his jokes are so flat and unfunny. He's deffinately got better over time.
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Old 30-01-2014, 19:31
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I really like Tim Vine, his stand up shows have me in fits of laughter but watching him on Whittle just makes me cringe, his jokes are so flat and unfunny. He's deffinately got better over time.
His awful jokes were all part of the charm of Whittle though, it was the best part of it.


It was all good harmless fun and a very enjoyable little quiz, I think they should bring it back!

They'd have to ramp up the prize money a fair bit though!.
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Old 30-01-2014, 20:13
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His awful jokes were all part of the charm of Whittle though, it was the best part of it.


It was all good harmless fun and a very enjoyable little quiz, I think they should bring it back!

They'd have to ramp up the prize money a fair bit though!.
Why? Blockbusters gave 10 per answer and Bullseye used to give around 100 - 300 excluding prizes.
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