Survival Challenge



Richard Crane


BBC1, 8 January 1988 to 10 February 1989 (12 episodes in 2 series)


We don't remember an awful lot about this show so if you can fill us in it would be appreciated.

We do remember the final round being quite frantic, with contestants pedalling on an exercise bike to light up points of a compass and Crane yelling "raise your billican!" every few minutes.

Theme music

When the Going Gets Tough by Billy Ocean.


"How do?" (This was presumably an unusual and rarely-heard greeting for younger viewers at the time, but it would have been familiar to viewers of Yorkshire-based series such as 'Last of the Summer Wine', and especially 'All Creatures Great and Small', in which the phrase "'Ow do, Mr 'Erriot?" was frequently uttered).

"Raise your billycan!"


Crane had previously been seen on Tell the Truth, probably around 1985, as a result of his frequent running across the Himalayas, so he certainly knew a thing or two about survival in harsh conditions.


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