Pets Win Prizes (1994–1996)

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Quiz in which people enter their pets in a series of "wacky" competitions to reach the final where their prize is decided by a cat called "The Professor".

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3

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1996
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Dale Winton ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 1996)
Sherrie Hewson ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1996)
Mary Nicoll ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1996)
Terry Nutkins ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1996)
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Owners would bring in their pets to play pointless games of pet skill and agility. Snail racing, Dog snooker etc. For each game won, the owner got a choice of two envelopes. Inside one of them was a consumer durable for themselves and inside the other would be a present for their pet. The choice was random. In the final, all the winning owners took part in an animal related trivia quick-fire quiz. It was first on the buzzers and for every one they got right, their little cardboard cut out animal would move forward one square on the makeshift race track. The first one to the end or the person furthest along it when the three minutes ran up was declared the winner. Their big prize was decided by The Professor, a cute ickle pussy cat. There was a board with six sections on it, some really good (£1000, an exotic holiday), others not so good (some animal encyclopedias, and the infamous pet portrait). The Professor would be put on a board and wherever her front paws were at the end of the ... Written by Bob the Moo

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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.3 (1996) See more »

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Bit of silly fun that blew it by taking itself seriously
2 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before I start let me just say that this was part of the usual Saturday night drivel that gets put out on TV to pass as light entertainment - however at some points it rose above this to be genuinely funny.

Whenever this became a programme in the UK Danny Baker was the natural host. On his radio shows he would always get people to call in with weird stories or to do strange things over the phone. Many of these involve animals (i.e. "call in if your dog hangs by his mouth from branches of tall trees" etc). He was always able to bring a sense of child-like amazement to the fact that these animals would do these things. He's not everyone's cup of tea but he carried out proceedings with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

This was the programme's strength - yes it was stupid, almost insulting as a game show. But Baker knew this and let us in on the fact that he knew it but had decided to have a bit of fun anyway.

Unfortunately he was replaced by the horribly camp Dale Winton. Gone was the touch-in-cheek / wink at the camera style of presentation and in came Winton's camp game show. This killed the show in my opinion - it made it a terrible game show and nothing more. Just another bit of cheap unintelligent Saturday night schedule filler.

Baker told us "yes, it's silly but lets just have a bit of fun", Winton treated it like a proper game show and it was at this point that I think a lot of people realised what they were watching and switched off.


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