Weaver's Week

Weaver's Week 2024-05-26

Each week, Iain Weaver gives us a take on the week's game show programmes and related news.

A companion guide to game shows on TV for the coming week is also published on a regular basis, usually on Thursdays.

Date Topics
16th June 2024 Which game shows have had the most episodes? Part 1: numbers and "A"
2nd June 2024 Double the Money
26th May 2024 The Fortune Hotel
19th May 2024 Eurovision Song Contest 2024 final
12th May 2024 Eurovision Song Contest 2024 semi-final


2024 archive

Date Topics
28th April 2024 It's always 4 o'clock in Australia
21st April 2024 Josh Must Win
14th April 2024 The 2024 University Challenge final; and Saturday Night Takeaway ends
7th April 2024 The 2024 Mastermind final; and Bring the Drama
24th March 2024 Eurovision Song Contest preview
17th March 2024 Smart TV, Style It Out
10th March 2024 What is radio fo(u)r?
3rd March 2024 Gladiators on BBC1
25th February 2024 Steve Wright, an obituary
11th February 2024 The Traitors series 2
4th February 2024 The Only Connect final of 2024
28th January 2024 Wheel of Fortune with Graham Norton
21st January 2024 Jeopardy! with Stephen Fry
14th January 2024 Survivor on BBC1

2023 archive

Date Topics
31st December 2023 The Week of the Year 2023
17th December 2023 Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream
10th December 2023 Deal or No Deal with Stephen Mulhern
3rd December 2023 Junior Eurovision 2023 in Nice
26th November 2023 The Grand Knockout Tournament of 1987
19th November 2023 Big Brother returns
5th November 2023 An afternoon watching telly - includes The Big Bake
29th October 2023 Americana: Raid the Cage, Countdown pilot
22nd October 2023 Outside The Bidding Room - Great Antiques Challenge, Vintage French Farmhouse
15th October 2023 Selling Super Houses: anatomy of a failure
8th October 2023 Alan Carr's Picture Slam
24th September 2023 Catchword
17th September 2023 CBS's Superfan
10th September 2023 The Finish Line
3rd September 2023 Ultimate Wedding Planner
20th August 2023 Can artificial intelligence win a game show this week?; Michael Parkinson
13th August 2023 Can artificial intelligence win a game show yet?
6th August 2023 Gordon Burns, a profile
23rd July 2023 De kwiz met ballen
16th July 2023 Puzzling on Channel 5
9th July 2023 Popmaster on TV
25th June 2023 Get Set Galactic
18th June 2023 The Great Auction Showdown
11th June 2023 Ireland's Smartest; University Challenge final
28th May 2023 Jeremy Paxman, an appreciation
21st May 2023 Eurovision Song Contest final
14th May 2023 Liverpool does the Eurovision Song Contest
7th May 2023 In With a Shout
30th April 2023 Mastermind final; Len Goodman; Jerry Springer
23rd April 2023 Rise and Fall
16th April 2023 Tempting Fortune
2nd April 2023 Loaded in Paradise; Paul O'Grady
26th March 2023 Ten to the Top; Eurovision Song Contest preview
19th March 2023 Pen/Campwyr and Only Connect
5th March 2023 Ken Bruce, that bloke off the radio
26th February 2023 Travels in Scotland - Eat the Town, Scotland's Greatest Escape
19th February 2023 Duels en familles, a French show
12th February 2023 Jon and Lucy's Odd Couples; The Traitors USA
29th January 2023 Next Level Chef
22nd January 2023 The Traitors
15th January 2023 That's My Jam

2022 archive

Date Topics
1st January 2023 The Week of the Year 2022
18th December 2022 Junior Eurovision 2022
11th December 2022 Gwrach y Rhibyn
4th December 2022 You Won't Believe This; Tell the Truth
27th November 2022 The Mole on Netflix; Brain of Britain; Eurovision voting
20th November 2022 Riddiculous; finding redemption in the Aussie jungle
6th November 2022 Make Me Prime Minister
30th October 2022 Aldi's Next Big Thing
23rd October 2022 Huskestue, a Norwegian show
16th October 2022 Are You the One?; Rose d'Or nominations
9th October 2022 Bad Chefs
2nd October 2022 Wales' Home of the Year
18th September 2022 Game On, Grandparents!
11th September 2022 Elizabeth Windsor, the game show fan
4th September 2022 Fastest Finger First
28th August 2022 The Connection, a Dutch show; BBC at Junior Eurovision
21st August 2022 Amol Rajan, the new University Challenge host
14th August 2022 Sport Relief All Star Games
7th August 2022 Gloria Hunniford profiled
24th July 2022 De 1% Quiz, and other Dutch shows
17th July 2022 College Bowl, the American University Challenge
10th July 2022 One Question; when will Quizzy Mondays return?
26th June 2022 Les 12 coups de midi; where to host Eurovision
19th June 2022 Netflix special: Bullsh*t, The Squid Game
12th June 2022 Flipping Fast; Pass the Buck
29th May 2022 The Games; Top Takeaways
22nd May 2022 WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Eurovision Song Contest - final
15th May 2022 Eurovision Song Contest - semi-finals
1st May 2022 The 1% Club; Channel 4
24th April 2022 Bridge of Lies, and 5pm shows
17th April 2022 University Challenge and Mastermind finals
3rd April 2022 One and Six Zeros
27th March 2022 Music special: Starstruck, Eurovision preview, Counterpoint
20th March 2022 The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver
13th March 2022 BBC3: The Fast and the Farmer-ish, Gassed Up
6th March 2022 Best Young Artist; Opera on University Challenge
20th February 2022 Limitless Win
13th February 2022 Ireland's Eurosong 2022; Bamber Gascoigne
6th February 2022 The Weakest Link; Barry Cryer
30th January 2022 Only Connect, the 2021-22 series
16th January 2022 I LIterally Just Told You
9th January 2022 Walk the Line

2021 archive

Date Topics
2nd January 2022 The Week of the Year 2021
19th December 2021 Junior Eurovision
12th December 2021 Christmas 1980: Runaround, So You Think...
5th December 2021 Moneybags; Het Jachtseizoen
28th November 2021 The Tournament; Tug of Words
21st November 2021 Moneyball; Sitting on a Fortune
14th November 2021 Murder Island, Handmade: Best Woodworker
31st October 2021 Question Team; Rob Beckett's Undeniable
24th October 2021 Outsiders; Alan Hawkshaw
17th October 2021 Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line Up
3rd October 2021 Take a Hike; The Complaints Department
26th September 2021 The Birthday Cake Game; under-rated shows
19th September 2021 Irish shows: The Big Deal, Home Advantage
12th September 2021 Under new management: Countdown, Mastermind, A Question of Sport
29th August 2021 Apocalypse Wow
22nd August 2021 Cooking With the Stars; Beat Me The Five Knockouts
15th August 2021 The Void
8th August 2021 Can I Improve My Memory?
25th July 2021 Tom O'Connor
18th July 2021 Michael Aspel (2) - Child's Play and Blockbusters
11th July 2021 Michael Aspel (1) - Give Us a Clue and Ultra Quiz
27th June 2021 Unbeatable
20th June 2021 The Answer Trap
13th June 2021 Quizness
30th May 2021 Eurovision Song Contest 2021 - the final
23rd May 2021 Eurovision Song Contest 2021 - the semi-finals
16th May 2021 Dutch shows: First & Last, Eurovision Song Quiz; Alan Carr's Name That Tune
9th May 2021 I Can See Your Voice
2nd May 2021 Mastermind final; which shows give great value for money?
25th April 2021 Game of Talents
18th April 2021 Bacon's Best Bits: This is My House, The Hustler
11th April 2021 Only Connect and University Challenge
28th March 2021 Unforgivable; Growing Pains
21st March 2021 Saturday Night Takeaway; six songs for Europe
14th March 2021 Bank Balance; House of Games
28th February 2021 Gettu Betur, an Icelandic quiz
21st February 2021 Lightning
14th February 2021 The new Mastermind host
31st January 2021 Lingo in the 21st century
24th January 2021 Lingo in the 20th century
17th January 2021 Michael McIntyre's The Wheel with Michael McIntyre
10th January 2021 Christmas shows: Blankety Blank, Miranda's Games with Showbiz Names

2020 archive

Date Topics
27th December 2020 The Week of the Year 2020
13th December 2020 Winning Combination
6th December 2020 Junior Eurovision 2020
29th November 2020 Don't Unleash the Beast; Nachtraven
22nd November 2020 The Bridge; Des O'Connor
8th November 2020 The Weakest Link (NBC); Cannon and Ball's Casino
1st November 2020 Guessable
25th October 2020 The Cube and The Chop
18th October 2020 Celebrity Karaoke Club
11th October 2020 Family Fortunes
27th September 2020 One Man and His Dog
20th September 2020 Winning Streak: the Derek Mooney and Marty Whelan years
13th September 2020 Winning Streak: the Mike Murphy years
30th August 2020 Rolling in It
23rd August 2020 What is a game show?; also It Pays to Behave
16th August 2020 From the Internets: Dan's Quiz, Google That!, Outright
2nd August 2020 Regis Philbin
26th July 2020 Gêm Gartre'; Belgian Switch
19th July 2020 Alan Carr's Epic Game Show
12th July 2020 The Bidding Room and Bares für Rares
28th June 2020 The Life and Career of Noel Edmonds: 3 - A Beard for History
21st June 2020 The Life and Career of Noel Edmonds: 2 - A Beard for Saturday Nights
14th June 2020 The Life and Career of Noel Edmonds: 1 - A Beard for Radio
31st May 2020 Radio fun - Talk Sport Quiz, Gloryhunters, My Generation
24th May 2020 Not Eurovision Week
17th May 2020 Scheduling Matters
10th May 2020 The People's Top Game Shows
3rd May 2020 Beat the Chasers
26th April 2020 Corner Shop Cook-Off, Caru Siopa
19th April 2020 Tim Brooke-Taylor
12th April 2020 2, 12, 1, 9, 4, Stop. The Press Your Luck numbers.
5th April 2020 Five Guys a Week
29th March 2020 From 2000: Paranoia
22th March 2020 Two from BBC3: Don't Scream, Fight Dirty
15th March 2020 Very Hard Questions; Twee voor Twaalf; Dave Rainford
8th March 2020 The Masked Singer
23rd February 2020 Caroline Flack
16th February 2020 From Crackerjack to Crackerjack!
9th February 2020 A brief history of Crackerjack
26th January 2020 First & Last; The Crystal Maze on Nickelodeon
19th January 2020 Boyard Land
12th January 2020 Christmas highlights: Quizmaster, Hewlfa Drysor, Take Off

2019 archive

Date Topics
29th December 2019 The Week of the Year 2019
15th December 2019 Weaver's Decade 6 - Entertainment
8th December 2019 Gigglequiz; Celebrity Countdown
1st December 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019
24th November 2019 Weaver's Decade 5 - Craft shows and children's shows
17th November 2019 Killer Camp
10th November 2019 Gay Byrne; Cooking Up a Fortune; Your Room or Mine
3rd November 2019 Weaver's Decade 4 - Talent shows
27th October 2019 Headhunters and The Wall
20th October 2019 Snackmasters, Pasapalabra, and Der Quiz-Champion
13th October 2019 Weaver's Decade 3 - Quizzes
6th October 2019 Three German shows
29th September 2019 Supermarket Sweep, Chwilio am Seren
22nd September 2019 Weaver's Decade 2 - Reality shows
15th September 2019 The Cash Machine, Mastermind
8th September 2019 The Chefs' Brigade, Step Up to the Plate
1st September 2019 Weaver's Decade 1 - Cookery shows
25th August 2019 Jade Goody: a documentary
18th August 2019 Shipmates
11th August 2019 Eurovision Choirs 2019
4th August 2019 The Great Garden Challenge
28th July 2019 Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters
21st July 2019 The Career of Alex Trebek (part two)
14th July 2019 The Career of Alex Trebek (part one)
7th July 2019 The Family Brain Games
30th June 2019 Beat the Chef; Countdown final
23rd June 2019 Popmaster; The Hit List
16th June 2019 The Mastermind final
9th June 2019 Got Talent?
2nd June 2019 There's Something About Movies; Gameshow of Thrones
26th May 2019 Eurovision Song Contest: final
19th May 2019 Eurovision Song Contest: semi-final
12th May 2019 Curiosity; The Hangover Games
5th May 2019 Only Connect final; In for a Penny
28th April 2019 University Challenge final; Blockbusters
21st April 2019 Catchpoint
14th April 2019 Race Across the World
7th April 2019 Hypothetical; Al Murray's Pub Quiz; Glow Up
31st March 2019 Wonderball
24th March 2019 Y Siambr
17th March 2019 Test Drive; Wie is de Mol final
10th March 2019 Rhannu; How Not to be a Millionaire
3rd March 2019 The Greatest Dancer
24th February 2019 Countdown: the road to 151
17th February 2019 Small Fortune
10th February 2019 Eurovision You Decide - it's Michael Rice
3rd February 2019 Un Cwestiwn; Wie is de Mol?
27th January 2019 The Countdown Championship of Champions, Poll of the Year
20th January 2019 Celebrity Game Night
13th January 2019 The festive period recap

2018 archive

Date Topics
30th December 2018 The Week of the Year
16th December 2018 Dianc
9th December 2018 Beat the Internet
2nd December 2018 Junior Eurovision 2018
25th November 2018 I'll Get This
18th November 2018 The Time it Takes
11th November 2018 For Facts Sake, Big Brother on 5
4th November 2018 Don't Hate the Playaz
28th October 2018 ITV4 Chooseday: Take the Tower, Football Genius
21st October 2018 The Circle
14th October 2018 Chwilio am Seren Junior Eurovision; Y Ras
7th October 2018 Chase the Case; Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz
30th September 2018 Sorry voor Alles, the Golden Rose winner
23rd September 2018 How to learn Dutch through game shows
16th September 2018 University Challenge and gender-neutral questions
9th September 2018 Evil Monkeys; Call Yourself a Fan
2nd September 2018 The Crystal Maze: all the games reviewed
26th August 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians
19th August 2018 True Love or True Lies; Paradise Run; Gino's Win Your Wish List
12th August 2018 We do want to give you that - The Life and Career of Chris Tarrant (part two)
5th August 2018 Today is... - The Life and Career of Chris Tarrant (part one)
29th July 2018 Oci Oci Oci
22th July 2018 Pwy 'dy Bos y Gegin?!, Hard Quiz
15th July 2018 When we last thought football was coming home...
8th July 2018 Best Junior Doctors, Crystal Maze
1st July 2018 World Cup Countdown
24th June 2018 Countdown finals
17th June 2018 Best Home Cook; Buy It Now
10th June 2018 Hardball, and other daytime shows
3rd June 2018 Revolution; Carnage
27th May 2018 The Button
20th May 2018 Eurovision Song Contest grand final
13th May 2018 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals
6th May 2018 Only Connect; Ready or Not
29th April 2018 Dale Winton, star of the stars
22nd April 2018 I Don't Like Mondays; Change Your Tune; Tenable app
15th April 2018 The Generation Game; Star Boot Sale
8th April 2018 The 2018 Mastermind final
1st April 2018 Swashbuckle
25th March 2018 Punchlines and 3-2-1 from 1983
18th March 2018 Jim Bowen; What Would Your Kid Do?
11th March 2018 All Together Now
4th March 2018 Prosiect Z
25th February 2018 Last Commanders
18th February 2018 Spy School
11th February 2018 Destination Eurovision You Decide
4th February 2018 Britain's Brightest Family, The Wave
28th January 2018 And They're Off For Sport Relief
21st January 2018 Wedding Day Winners
14th January 2018 Raven
7th January 2018 The Price is Right

2017 archive

Date Topics
31st December 2017 The Week of the Year 2017
17th December 2017 Keith Chegwin
10th December 2017 Armchair Detectives
3rd December 2017 Junior Eurovision 2017
26th November 2017 The Weakest Link; Don't Say It, Bring It
19th November 2017 Sing
12th November 2017 Pigo dy Drwyn
5th November 2017 The Big Family Cooking Showdown
29th October 2017 Jigsaw - An Origin Story
22nd October 2017 The Crystal Maze
15th October 2017 Bromans
8th October 2017 Cannonball
1st October 2017 William G. Stewart - The People's Quizzer
24th September 2017 Richard Osman's House of Games
17th September 2017 Lego Masters
10rd September 2017 Streetmate, Dress to Impress
3rd September 2017 Partners in Rhyme
27th August 2017 Cheap Cheap Cheap
20th August 2017 Sale of the (last) Century - The Life and Career of Nicholas Parsons (part two)
13th August 2017 Just a Minute! - The Life and Career of Nicholas Parsons (part one)
6th August 2017 Letterbox
30th July 2017 Pitch Battle, Eurovision Choir of the Year
23rd July 2017 Blind Date on Channel 5
16th July 2017 David Dickinson's Name Your Price
9th July 2017 Celebability
2nd July 2017 Your Face or Mine, Countdown finals
25th June 2017 Cythrel Canu, Curious Creatures
18th June 2017 The Wall Face au Mur
11th June 2017 Bigheads
4th June 2017 Don't Ask Me Ask The Viewing Public
28th May 2017 Babushka
21st May 2017 Eurovision Song Contest final
14th May 2017 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals
7th May 2017 The Boss
30th April 2017 Culinary Genius
23rd April 2017 Tattoo Artist, Me and My Dog
16th April 2017 University Challenge, Bracket Genius
9th April 2017 Only Connect, MIPCOM
2nd April 2017 The Voice
26th March 2017 5 Gold Rings
19th March 2017 Game of Clones, Alien Fun Capsule
12th March 2017 Remotely Funny, The Home Game
5th March 2017 The Mastermind Final
26th February 2017 Let It Shine
19th February 2017 The Fake News Show
12th February 2017 The Big Spell
5th February 2017 Dance Dance Dance
29th January 2017 Eurovision You Decide
22nd January 2017 International students and University Challenge
15th January 2017 !mpossible
8th January 2017 Christmas shows

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