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Poll of the Year 2014 - THE RESULTS ARE IN!
You've sent in your votes and it's been a record breaking year - thanks very much for that. What did you think were the best and worst new shows of the last year? It's time to find out.
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
Beat the Brain: BBC2, 11 May
Big Brother series 16: Channel 5, 12 May
A League of Their Own series 9: Sky1, 15 May
Eurovision Song Contest 2015: BBC3, 19 May
Who Dares Wins Eurovision special: BBC1, 23 May
The Box: BBC1, 25 May
Britain's Got Talent live shows: ITV, 25 May
Benchmark Channel 4: 1 June
Mock the Week series 11: BBC2, 11 June
See also the Coming up section on the New Shows page.
Game show news
27 April 2015 Claude, You're Hired!
The BBC has announced that Claude Littner will replace Nick Hewer as one of Lord Sugar's advisors on the upcoming series of The Apprentice
. Littner, notable for his tough interview style on previous series, will line-up alongside fellow advisor Karren Brady when the programme returns in the autumn.
17 April 2015 Olly & Caroline have The X Factor
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have been announced as the new hosts of The X Factor
. The appointments were strongly rumoured for several weeks, and will re-unite Murs and Flack who previously hosted spin-off programme The Xtra Factor
together in 2011-2. The new series will begin airing in the summer.
27 March 2015 Leaving the Competition Tonight is... Dermot O'LearyDermot O'Leary
has announced that he has left The X Factor
. He first hosted the programme in 2007, when he took over from original host Kate Thornton
. O'Leary commented, 'After eight wonderful years on The X Factor it's time for me to move on'. A replacement has not yet been announced.
19 March Channel 5 moves in with Big Brother Again
It has been announced that Channel 5 has extended its deal to broadcast Big Brother
for another three years. The agreement between the channel's owner Viacom, and Endemol subsidiary Initial, will see two celebrity series and one civilian series, as well as associated spin-offs, air each year until the end of 2018.
12 March 2015 BBC = Big Bonanza Commissions
The BBC has announced an array of new series and pilot commissions as well as recommissions for the four main channels. BBC One were given two series commissions for Can't Touch This and Five Star Family Reunion as well as a pilot commission for Perfect Match and three recommissions for Win Your Wish List
, Who Dares Wins
and In It to Win It
, BBC Two were given a pilot commission for Airheads and a recommission for Only Connect
, BBC Three were given a series commission for Killer Magic
and BBC Four were given a series commission for The Hive (working title).
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.
For more game show goodies, visit the Prize Pound.
Iain Weaver reviews the latest happenings in game show land.