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Panel games [Jan. 8th, 2010|09:39 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Here in the UK, particularly on BBC2 Television or on BBC Radio 4, we have cosy little panel games where no-one particularly cares who wins, and the object of the exercise is just for the panel (and audience) to have a good time. I'm thinking particularly of games like "Have I Got News For You", "Argumental", or "QI".

Here at Spencer Towers we're wondering if there's anything similar coming out of the USA. The nearest equivalent we can think of is "Whose Line Is It Anyway" which made it to both sides of the Atlantic. Are there others?

[User Picture]From: mary919
2010-01-08 10:08 pm (UTC)
I watch "8 Out of 10 Cats" on youtube and love it and I'd have to say no. "Whose Line Is It Anyway" tried for awhile but I think even that was too clearly improv by talented performers. I've wondered about this too-- why it works over there and not so much so over here.

Even watching both "Big Brother" series (yes, I know, sacriledge) I think the difference is amazing really. The UK contestants have extended deep and/or hilarious chats over tea while the US contestants are fighting and plotting. But THEN, the UK contestants have the most ridiculous drawn out childish arguments ("You shut up!" "Don't tell me to shut up!" "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!" "Don't EVER tell me to shut up!!") and then get over it and love each other again. The US contestants never forget and never forgive.

I don't know what it all means and I know very few people find it interesting :) :) but I do! And I wish we had more games like you.
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