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1990's British Saturday Night TV the correct formula!
Gladiators was one of quite a few TV programmes that were perfect for Saturday night television in the UK.
Unfortunately, the 1990's are over, and the one surviving programme from this era - 'You've Been Framed' - is the one we all wish was axed before the others.
Jim Davidson's 'Big Break', followed by his 'Generation Game', with 'Noel's House Party', 'Bullseye', the excitement with the intro of the 'National Lottery' in 1994, along with 'Gladiators' were perfect for Saturday nights. They were rubbish at times, repetitive, yes... however the light, chicken Nugent entertainment was perfect for everyone to wind down to after a tough week.
In this era even 'Grandstand' was worth watching! However, looking at Saturday Night TV now is very depressing - on the odd night I'm in I struggle to find decent Saturday Night Entertainment, and often end up watching a DVD.
I'm not saying bring Gladiators back, but this formula was successful for drawing a wide audience.
The mid-1990's was the peak for Saturday night TV as a whole, at the moment it is on a rapid decline.
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