Take the Plunge



Su Pollard


Thames in association with Jay Wolpert Productions and Action Time for ITV, 4 October to 6 December 1989 (but see Trivia; 10 episodes in 1 series)


Very strange gameshow that might possibly be based on a round from the Spanish gameshow Sin Verguenza, which in turn was descended from the short-lived US show Blackout.

A member of the public talks about something for fifteen seconds, heard only by the audience and members of the opposite team. The other team then sees the clip and tries to work out what they're talking about. The only snag is is that the opposing team can interfere with the film, by pressing their plunger they 'block out' and interfere with the tape. By doing this at the most opportune moments they should have no chance of guessing it! They could only interfere for a maximum of five seconds, though.


In most ITV regions, the show aired on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. However, Anglia aired it on Thursday afternoons at 5:10pm, while Central waited until the following Tuesday to air it, also at 5:10pm.


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