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Bob Holness Bob Holness ...  Himself / ... 875 episodes, 1983-1994
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In 1987, the opening title sequence was replaced by a new opening title sequence, which was inspired by the classic 1982 futuristic thriller "Blade Runner", which flying hexagons are seen flying above a futuristic city. The new title sequence remained until the final show of "Blockbusters" in 1993. See more »

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Contestant: [running joke] I'll take an E please Bob.
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Some crazy credits, we get a close-up of the hexagons on the board that are randomly flashing and blurs as the closing credits appear on the screen. See more »

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The Best Quiz Show Ever!
11 November 2007 | by Izak86See all my reviews

I was only young when they axed the original Blockbusters with Bob Holness but I have good memories of watching it. In recent years Challenge has shown repeats and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

Three contestants participated at once, two of them worked together in a team and the third worked on their own. The game was played on a board which consisted of 20 hexagonal blocks, each containing a letter. Players would ask for a particular letter and a question would be asked with the answer starting with the letter the player had chose, if the player got it right then the block would change to their playing colour: Blue for the team and White for the single. The team worked horizontally and the single worked vertically on the board with the goal to create a line of correct answers, the first to create a linked line from left to right (Team) or top to bottom (Single) won the round. After up to three rounds, the player with the most rounds won, took part in a 60 second "Gold Run" and a chance at winning a "big" prize which in later series was usually a holiday.

In my opinion, Blockbusters is the best quiz show ever made, much better than the likes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Weakest Link. It was fun to watch and sometimes the answers given to questions were hilariously wrong!! It would be fantastic if the show was brought back, it recently appeared in ITVs "Gameshow Marathon" too.


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