Unknown (2006)

Dave Chapman and Ruth Bratt (2008)


BBC Two, 22 July to 9 September 2006 (8 episodes in 1 series)

CBBC Channel, 7 September 2008 to 18 January 2009 (20 episodes in 1 series)


A portable programme picking machine travels throughout the UK and searches for a team of boys and a team of girls to accept a challenge and whoever wins can ostensibly choose a show of their choice to be shown on telly right now - although programme guides from the era must have been psychic, seeing as they always seemed to know in advance what the winners were going to pick!

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Key moments

Of note was the POD's shocking standard of English, particularly delivered in front of impressionable children; "you is wrong" as opposed to "you are wrong" was one such clanger.


We don't know who hosted the first series, but what we do know is that it aired for eight weeks during the summer of 2006 on Saturday mornings and ran for approximately three hours. The second series was revamped and moved to Sunday mornings, which originally ran for two hours for the first half of the series, but was cut to just a bitesize 30 minutes for the second half of the series.

Oh, and POD stood for "programmes on demand".

Web links

BBC programme page


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