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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?
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-01-08 11:25 pm (UTC)
I fucking hate the ones where they score points but at the end they don't tell you who won like bloody Knickerless Parsons on "Just a Minute" saying "and slightly ahead of Josie Lawrence was Paul Merton". Can they not count or what??? Removing all the competition from competitions, they'll be banning schools sports day next in case little Alfie cries and then All Shall Have Prizes, the bloody lefty pinko Commie bastards.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-01-09 02:47 am (UTC)
Just a Minute is one of the few quizzes where some folks do care about winning. Check out any of Paul Merton's clashes with Clement Freud.
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[User Picture]From: not_vacillating
2010-01-09 07:38 am (UTC)
So much so that my family named that thing where you challenge with two seconds left and get the points even though someone else did most of the work 'a Paul Merton'. We weren't sure it would be widely applicable, but it turns out that Alan Davies has been doing something related recently on QI, and that it's also metaphorically relevant to certain kinds of lane-changing behaviour on motorways.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-01-10 08:33 pm (UTC)
It was certainly the case that whenever purplecthulhu and I "pulled a Merton" when last year's worldcon ran its own Just a Minute (Paul Cornell was in the chair), the US/Canadian audience was quite aghast. They seemed to imagine Brits were jolly good sports. Bugger that for a lark: Dave and I were both out to win.
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