Name That Tune (1983–1987)

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The first British series version of the game show where music replaces questions.

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Cast overview:
Tom O'Connor ...
 Himself - Host (1983-1985)
Lionel Blair ...
 Himself - Host (1986-1987)


The first British series version of the game show where music replaces questions.

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30 October 2011 | by (Birmingham B6) – See all my reviews

The above line has since become a catchphrase of the English language for trying to guess the impossible! When 'Name That Tune' came on ITV back in 1983 it was a pretty cool show, hosted by Tom O'Connor who at that period of TV history was a household name in the UK.

Basically as the title of the show would suggest it was a music based quiz between two teams. Each team would get a question then a snippet of music, with the naming of the tune in a lesser time gaining more points. The 1,2,3 etc was measured in seconds! The music was from drawn a wide range of genres not just pop music.

At the end of the show the winning team would get the chance to name that tune and win the star prize. A selected member of the team would go into a booth and be played a very short and sometimes obscure piece of music. Once the contestant gave his response, O'Connor would then produce the answer out of a golden envelope as if it was the Oscars.

Can't recall too much about Lionel Blairs hosting the show, but being a showman himself he did a good enough job and it was a shame when the programme was axed. Name That Tune is definitely a classic of 1980's British TV.

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