365Flicks Podcast – Episode 99: 2017 Year in Review

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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 99: 2017 Year in Review

2017 has been an incredible year for 365Flicks Podcast. We have done so many awesome things and connected with so many awesome people so we wanted to take a minute to pat ourselves on the back.

First up its our regular News section and we tell everyone about our awesome new home Geeks World Wide Network with other incredible podcasts. Our world renowned “What have we been watching?” is up next including Black Mirror, Blade Runner 2049, Disaster Artist and Netflix original Bright. Just the Pilot and 0%rs is up next where we review Christian Slater’s
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Finally, a gay Blind Date. What took so long? | Rebecca Nicholson

While other programmes such as First Dates and Naked Attraction have a casual approach to sexuality, the revamped revival is at last to have its first Lgbt show

Rebecca Nicholson is a freelance writer

Blind Date has been revamped for its Channel 5 revival, earning itself a new set which resembles a cross between a fidget spinner and the inside of an engine. Paul O’Grady has stepped into the hosting shoes of his good friend Cilla Black, and he has an affable way with the contestants, chatting to them about their lack of romantic success with the wonder and bewilderment of a meddling old auntie who cannot fathom dating apps.

Related: Relaunched Blind Date to celebrate Pride with first Lgbt episode

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Back This! – Fun House / The Book Club

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two Very different projects…

Bring Back Fun House

Fun House mega-fan Glen Middleham and a group of his friends and colleagues need your help to launch a live event version of the classic TV show in London. They have been working with the original Fun House creative team to design a truly authentic experience, planned to include many of the games you used to adore as a child. In teams of 6 Reds vs 6 Yellows, you’ll be able to play wacky games, race the Fun Karts, tackle the vast ball pool and take on the gigantic Fun House itself in an experience which is planned to last 1h 45mins.
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Indiegogo campaign to bring back Fun House

One of the best kids tv shows of the 90s is hoping to make a return as a live action event in London for adults. Mega-fan Glen Middleham and a group of friends and colleagues are hoping to raise enough money to create an authentic experience including many of the games featured in the show.

With help from the original Fun House creative team and legend Pat Sharp supporting the idea, this certainly has the potential to find success much like the Crystal Maze live experience. Teams of 6 reds vs 6 yellows will play wacky games, race the Fun Karts and tackle the ball pool, planned to last 1 hour 45 mins. Alongside Pat, twins Melanie and Martina will be on board.

The Indiegogo campaign is the only place to get tickets. Early supporters can get a 60% discount with 2000 tickets priced at only £25. Pledges of a minimum of £10 will get your name personally
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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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Videogame Nation: saluting a great UK gaming TV show




After a shaky start, Challenge TV's now-cancelled Videogame Nation grew into a pretty perfect gaming magazine TV show...

At 10.27 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 4th June 2016 gaming enthusiasts across the land screamed in a collective wail of distress as it was announced that the following week’s episode of Videogame Nation was to be its last ever.

For fans of the


’s only weekly show devoted to games it was a hefty blow. Yet another television programme centred on the world of videogames was meeting its demise after 4 series and an impressive 106 episodes. The outpouring of disbelief across social media was immediate. Fans who felt that the show had finally landed on a fun, winning formula for gaming TV were doubly dismayed.

As emerged in the days following the announcement, Videogame Nation was a victim of circumstance. Challenge TV chose not to renew the
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Celebrating the UK adventure game TV show

Aaron Birch Jul 13, 2016

The Crystal Maze, Cyber Zone, Fort Boyard... We look back at the UK game shows that dared to ask more than just quiz questions...

If the idea of yet another TV game show with an uninspiring presenter and ever so slight spin on the tried and tested Q&A formula fills you with apathy, you're not alone. Although TV quiz shows often rake in the viewers for a relatively low production budget, hence their popularity with TV studios, the whole genre feels a little stagnant. Perhaps it's the rise of the Internet, a general change in viewer culture, and the changing tastes that come with it. While many shows of the past delighted audiences with images of shiny new appliances, cars, and holidays to far-off destinations, today's shows mostly award cold, hard, and boring cash. Great for the winner, but not too interesting for the viewer. Give
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Get Your Own Back legend Dave Benson Phillips: 'Pat Sharp and I are thinking about live versions of our shows'

Get Your Own Back was one of the most fun children's game shows of the 1990s. The show - which saw kids covering adults in gunge - returned at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and is now eyeing a live tour and TV comeback.

Presenter Dave Benson Phillips's career may have been off-screen since his '90s heyday, but he still has fond memories of classic kids' shows and his great friendship with Fun House 'rival' Pat Sharp.

Why are shows like Get Your Own Back and The Crystal Maze still so adored by nostalgic fans?

"A lot of it is because the people of the 1990s were very vocal about the shows they like. We liked the shows then but there were no platforms at the time where you could say to the world, 'I liked that programme, who's with me?'.

"You have in the 1990s, a lot
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Revisiting 80s UK game show Interceptor

"I like it!" Remember the short-lived 1980s helicopter-based game show Interceptor? Er, Jamie does...

When I used to look back on my childhood - in the days before the internet’s all-seeing taint - there were three things that I always assumed were as much a constant of my young life as excessive sugar intake and making up innumerable excuses for having torn my trousers.

The first was Bertha (lovely Bertha), the stop motion-animated kids TV show helmed by Ivor Wood about a sentient factory machine - the titular Bertha - whose exploits helped trick a generation of British children into thinking that factory life was a non-stop cavalcade of japery, typified by super-advanced AI, funny wee robots and, most unrealistically of all, smiling faces. Ivor Wood must’ve been laughing all the way to the Illuminati seminar: “Enjoy your life of low-wage labour in the iron clutch of Thatcher's fist,
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It's a whole lot of fun as Pat Sharp returns for a one-off Fun House event

Pat Sharp made an outrageously wacky return to Fun House at the weekend, though sadly it was only for a few lucky punters.

The presenter reunited with twins Melanie and Martina Grant for the one-off event, where four family teams competed in a day full of games, gunge and prizes.

Family pub restaurant Fayre & Square teamed up with children's play centre Wacky Warehouse for the event, with the winning team taking home a family holiday worth £1,000.

Games included a quiz round for the children, which saw the parents of the losing teams being gunged, while a Build a Burger relay game featured the children and parents working together to retrieve an oversized burger from a ball-pit.

Sharp said of the day: "The return of Fun House as a one-off live event was as wacky, fun and outrageous as you could wish for!

"It was a brilliant twist to allow adults
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Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? 10 stars of the hit '90s show then and now

"Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions? Do you have the courage of the heroes?

"Do you have the will or the skill? Do you have the strength, the speed the heart to be a winner? Deep down in your Soul?"

These were the fundamental questions posed by ITV's original Gladiators, to both the audience and brave contenders who dared to take part. While this particular writer longed to be Lightning (her backflips were to die for), all the seemingly superhuman powerhouses were forces to reckon with - only occasionally tamed by strict referee John Anderson.

Originally hosted by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, Gladiators was what Saturday nights in the '90s were made of.

So as Saracen (aka Mike Lewis) returns to our small screens to tackle the Ninja Warrior UK obstacle course, we pick out some of the
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Katie Price back in the jungle for Thorpe Park's I'm a Celebrity opening

Katie Price returned to her I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! roots at Thorpe Park last night (March 26).

The star and her husband Kieran Hayler attended the launch of the resort's new attraction, which has been opened in partnership with ITV.

Pat Sharp, Tamzin Outhwaite, Angela Griffin, Towie's Tommy Mallet and Chloe Goodman, and Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead also attended.

The stars got up close and personal with live reptiles and previewed the attraction's Bushtucker Trials.

The attraction - which opens to the public today (March 27) - allows visitors to come face-to-face with jungle critters.

It also features a video introduction from Ant & Dec, before guests navigate through various tunnels, corridors and dark caves hoping to grab gold stars.

Thorpe Park Divisional Director, Mike Vallis, said: "After 13 years of watching I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! on the small screen, we're delighted to offer
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Saturday Night Takeaway, Simon Cowell, Carey Mulligan for ITV's Text Santa

A host of presenters, TV specials and music will make up this year's Text Santa on ITV.

Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Christine Bleakley and Alesha Dixon & Paddy McGuinness will take on presenting duties.

Meanwhile, the likes of Simon Cowell, Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn and the cast of Coronation Street will also be taking part.

George Clooney will be making a special appearance in Downton Abbey, who will also be hosting Mr Selfridge, Jeremy Piven.

Special editions of Saturday Night Takeaway, Birds Of A Feather and The Cube will feature, and I'm a Celebrity alumni Helen Flanagan, Jenny Eclair, Kerry Katona, Pat Sharp, David Van Day and Katie Price will form a celebrity choir for a one-off performance.

The full story of Phillip Scofield's 24-hour presenting marathon will be revealed along with the abseil he completed down ITV Tower as part of the challenge.

There will also be a glimpse of
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Pat Sharp rooting for Mark Wright on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Pat Sharp is rooting for Mark Wright to win 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 53-year-old DJ famously struck up a friendship with the former 'The Only Way Is Essex' star in the 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' jungle in 2011 and he's now confessed he believes Mark has what it takes to be crowned champion of the BBC One celebrity dance contest. Pat exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''He's doing really well, I think he could win it! He's really got the hang of it because on the first one he was absolutely terrible, just awful! ''And now it's like, anything Mark
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Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes
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Eurovision 2014 - Conchita wins: As it happened

Turn off that Abba CD, dig out your cheapest bottle of booze and prepare yourselves for some bearded drag queens, saucy Polish ladies and the most barking mad stage designs that Europe has to offer.

Eurovision, the nuttiest night of television every year, is back and this year promises to be an absolute corker.

Eurovision is no fun on your own, so we'll be here all evening live-blogging the best, the worst and the weirdest acts that those crazy Europeans have to offer.

23:30So, it's Austria 2015. Bring. It. On. We're off to tuck into a Curly Wurly cake. We hope you enjoyed the evening. See you next year.

23:29"We Are Unstoppable!" A lovely end to another crazy show from Eurovision as Conchita dedicates her award to everyone who wants peact. It all gets a bit political, but in a nice way. It's truly heartwarming stuff.

23:28But it's not about Molly tonight.
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Gary Numan, Frankie Cocozza: The TV biopics we want to see

If, like us, you're stuffed full of Easter chocolate and unable to move, never fear - at least there's lots of telly on the box. Take tonight, when Tommy Cooper gets the ITV biopic treatment in two-hour film Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. With a biopic about Cilla Black on the way as well, DS couldn't help but wonder what other legends we'd like to see get the BAFTA-worthy drama treatment. Read on for our picks, while we polish our shoes ready for the inevitable awards ceremony call...

Gary Numan - Electric Friend (Tom Eames, Entertainment Reporter)

A film about the godfather of electro pop and industrial paranoia is crying out to be made, and maybe a TV film would be the best platform. Electric Friend would chart the story of a shy, socially awkward youth who would often get into trouble at school, turning to the
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9 children's TV presenters from the '90s who are on Twitter

Whatever happened to the children's TV presenters of our youth? Where did they go when the Broom Cupboard was shut down and when Edd the Duck went back to his pond? Digital Spy has hunted down 9 classic faces of '90s children's television on Twitter to answer those questions.

1. Dave Benson Phillips @DaveBensonPhill

Famous For: Playdays, Get Your Own Back, Wake Up in the Wild Room

Sample Tweet:

So, it begins...

Dave Benson Phillips (@DaveBensonPhill) November 18, 2013

And lots of chat about his appearance in Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield.

2. Andy Crane @andycrane64

Famous For: Cbbc's Broom Cupboard (1987-1990), Motormouth, Bad Influence! and What's Up Doc?

Sample Tweet:

Heard of the Golden Flannel awards? They celebrate dreadful management speak - examples to use on the radio today would be very welcome!

Andy Crane (@andycrane64) January 6, 2014

He's now a radio presenter for the BBC. And only occasionally veers into Partridge-isms.
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9 hysterical 'I'm a Celeb' stars: Sinitta, Helen Flanagan, Paul Burrell

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'s start date has finally been confirmed by ITV and the 13th series is set to return on Sunday, November 17.

Westlife's Kian Egan and Towie's Sam Faiers and Joey Essex are a few of the stars rumoured to be entering the jungle this year.

As we count down the days and anticipate which celebrities will be forced to eat kangaroo anuses and buffalo balls, we look back at some of the show's most hysterical stars - from Helen Flanagan to Paul Burrell - below:

Not So Macho

Sinitta screamed and sobbed her way through I'm a Celebrity in 2011. Obviously this meant the former pop star kept getting chosen to take part in the Bushtucker trials - much to her fellow contestants' dismay - and even suffered a panic attack when faced with a box of dead insects.

She also spent an
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Knightmare, Fun House: 7 awesome kids' gameshows that should return

Enter! Stranger! Knightmare is back. Yes, you heard correctly, the bizarre and slightly sinister children's TV classic is returning for a one-off special episode online. Treguard fans rejoice.

Digital Spy is celebrating the return of Knightmare by picking out seven other vintage kids' gameshows that we'd love to see return.

1. Fun House (1989 - 1999 on Citv)

"Wacky! Fun! Crazy! It's outrageous!" Five words that had a whole generation of kids dropping their Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles sticker collection in an instant. Pat Sharp's Fun House was the defining kids' gameshow of the '90s, blending gunge, ball pools, two hot twins and a man with an awful mullet and serving up 25 minutes of giddy tomfoolery. And we still really want a go on the Go-Karts.

2. Finders Keepers (1991 - 1996 on Citv)

When he wasn't busy recreating the Leaning Tower of Pisa with nothing but a packet of Cornflakes and some Pritt Stick on Art Attack,
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