Fans of retro TV could do worse than tune into Challenge TV this Christmas which is airing the first ever episodes of classic game shows including Bullseye, Blankety Blank and Going for Gold.
Other programmes included in the nostalgia fest are kids’ show Fun House, Knightmare, Wipeout, the first ever Blankety Blank, hosted by Terry Wogan in 1979, the Richard O’Brien-fronted The Crystal Maze, Stars in Their Eyes and Deal or No Deal.
Also featured will be the Takeshi’s Castle, Bob’s Full House, 1 vs 100, Celebrity Squares, TNA Impact, Whittle, 3-2-1, Treasure Hunt and the debut episode of Supermarket Sweep, first hosted in the UK by Dale Winton in 1993.
And if that’s not enough, Fun House host Pat Sharp and his cheerleading sidekicks – twins Melanie and Martina – will be transported back to their 1989 dressing room to re-enact what went on before they walked on set on the first day of recording the hit ITV children’s show (see pic).
Says Sharp: “The show was really in your face, it was colourful, bright, exciting and brash from the word go. We had a bit of say in what we wanted to wear. I remember racing round the shops buying the brightest clothes we could possibly find.
“I also remember the twins, Melanie and Martina, saying to one contestant: ‘Make fun of Pat’s hair when he asks you a question’. When I turned to the kid to ask him a question, he said ‘What’s up with your hair, what’s going on with it?’ and as you can see from the first episode, he was right!”
The mini season will also feature links in which Henry Kelly, host of classic 1980s quiz Going For Gold, practices his questioning technique, Hugo Myatt steps into costume to reminisce about the first recording of the children’s adventure challenge Knightmare and Paul Daniels revisits the catchphrases he used during the 1990s quiz show Wipeout.
Stephen Ladlow, Director of Challenge and Pick, said: “It’s been fantastic to see some of the stars of these first ever episodes come back to talk about their now legendary and iconic shows. The holiday season is a brilliant time of year to sit back and watch the TV you love and, here at Challenge, we are giving our viewers the opportunity to indulge in some special nostalgic treats.”