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Poll of the Year 2013 - THE RESULTS!
Lumme, it's a harsh world this game show business, no? None of the top five in the 2012 poll are still in production, so what does that bode for the crop of 2013? Well, we're not fortune tellers, but you can find out what you, THE PUBLIC thought in the Poll of the Year 2013 results!
The 100 Most Popular Game Shows
One question you almost certainly haven't been asking yourself is "What are the 100 most popular articles on this site?". Well, tough, because we have and you can see the result of our Greatest Game Shows - it lists stalwarts like The Crystal Maze and Interceptor to surprises such as Kate Thornton's Dishes. Who knew?
While UKGameshows.com is (even if we say so ourselves) the most comprehensive guide to the genre anywhere on - or off - the web, with over 2100 programmes already in our database it is inevitable that even we're stumped sometimes. So we're asking for your help. A number of our "most wanted" shows are now listed here and a team of volunteers is standing by, waiting to add your contributions to our compendium of game show knowledge. Go on, help us out. It's what Mumsy would want.
In the pipeline
The 3rd Degree series 4: Radio 4, 7 April
Eggheads return: BBC2, 7 April
The Unbelievable Truth series 13: Radio 4, 7 April
Great British Menu series 9: BBC2, 7 April
Sweat the Small Stuff series 3: BBC3, 8 April
Britain's Got Talent series 8: ITV, 12 April
Amazing Greys: ITV, 12 April
The Guess List: BBC1, 12 April
Only Connect series 9: BBC4, 14 April
Monty Don's Real Craft: More 4, 14 April
The Big Allotment Challenge: BBC2, 15 April
Young Musician of the Year 2014: BBC4, 18 April
University Challenge Championship of Champions: BBC2, 19 April
All About Two: BBC2, 20 April
Ejector Seat: ITV, 28 April
See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.
Game show news
4 April 2014 Nice to see you...Sir Bruce Forsyth
is to step down as host of the main Strictly Come Dancing
show after 11 series. The 86-year-old entertainer said "it was the right time to step down from the rigours". He will continue to host the show for the Children in Need and Christmas specials.
10 March 2014 Cheryl Cole is Back Too
Following in the footsteps of a certain Mr Cowell, Cheryl Cole has today announced via Twitter that she will be returning to the judging panel on The X Factor
after a four-year break. Ms Cole was the winning mentor twice during her previous tenure, guiding Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry to victory. The talent show's eleventh series is due to air this summer.
7 February 2014 Simon Cowell's Back
Three years after he last judged musical careers, Simon Cowell
will return to The X Factor
in the UK. He left us to star in the US version of the show, which wasn't such a success, and now returns to find the next Shayne Ward.
18 December Travis Penery
Everyone at UKGameshows.com is very sad to hear of the death of Travis Penery, one of our contributors and a long-standing member of the UK game show fandom scene. Travis was well-known for his in-depth knowledge of formats and selflessly shared his passion for television with fans both in the UK and around the world. Often his Christmas cards contained a small bundle of CDs containing rarities he had found from his extensive sources, including his own satellite TV system. He also wrote his own blog and contributed UK-skewing articles to the US game show site Buzzerblog. He died aged 29, following complications from a stroke. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his friends and family.
19 September The BBC Reveals its New Voice
After drip-feeding information for a week, the BBC has finally confirmed the full line-up for the upcoming third series of The Voice UK
. Returning coaches Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am with be joined by Aussie songstress Kylie Minogue and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, while Emma Willis
and Marvin Humes will be the new presenters. The new series will air in January, avoiding a ratings battle with Britain's Got Talent
4 September Coach Trip Back on the Road
Channel 4 have announced that they have commissioned a ninth series of Coach Trip
. The series which sees tour guide Brendan Sheerin overseeing a couples tour of Europe, with the least popular couple voted off at the end of each day, last aired in March 2012. The new series will consist of thirty half-hour episodes, and will take in countries in southern Europe.
Previous stories can be found in our News Archive. For more in-depth analysis, check out Weaver's Week, usually published every Sunday.
The 2010 Series
Buy it now!
Generally reckoned to be back on form, here's the entire 2010 series of Vic & Bob's celebrity showbiz quiz.
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