3-2-1 (1978–1987)

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Three couples compete in a missing word game, with the winning couple going on to solve riddles left by guest performers to win prizes and avoid Dusty Bin's booby prize.

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Series cast summary:
Ted Rogers ...
 Himself - Host (149 episodes, 1978-1987)
Chris Emmett ...
 Himself / ... (62 episodes, 1978-1986)


Three couples compete in a missing word game, with the winning couple going on to solve riddles left by guest performers to win prizes and avoid Dusty Bin's booby prize.

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A Guessing Game Rather Than A Contest
20 February 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

3-2-1 occasionally crops up in these list shows broadcast by Channel 4 . It's interesting to see that it's not well regarded thirty years down the line when it was highly popular during its broadcast . The reason for its popularity was probably down to the fact that it contained the most expensive prizes being given away , things like a brand new car or an expensive holiday with the danger of choosing the legendary booby prize dusty bin

What is striking in hindsight is how terminally thick some of the contestants were and it's in these list shows we're treated to a pair of couples who are asked what composer is famous for his water music :

" Oh Handel's water music " replies one couple

" So the composer is ? ... " asks compare Ted Rogers

" Schubert " comes the reply , which is the wrong answer so Rogers hands the question over to the other couple who reply :

" Beethoven "

Having said that not even the likes of Albert Einstien or Stephen Hawkings would be able to decipher the clues on the final part of the show where the winning couple try and figure what the prizes are via a series of riddles . This part of the contest is more of a guessing game best summed up in a spoof sketch on THE RUSS ABBOT SHOW

" We mentioned a garage and what would you keep in a garage ? A bin perhaps ? We also mentioned car keys what would you put car keys in ? A bin perhaps ? Yes you've won the booby prize dusty bin "

More of a guessing game than a contest

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