It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was writing about Too Much TV (or TMTV as the programme now think its known) and yet here we are, five weeks later, and its run has ended.
Confession time: I did watch some of it. The bits about the current ‘must see’ tv was worth missing, but I did enjoy the behind-the-scenes stuff, making the sound effect of walking on snow by treading in trays of corn flour or using sticks of celery to simulate the sound of bones breaking.
We’re back in the 1980s now, in fact 1980 without the letter S. The Adventure Game was intended as children’s programme, coming on at six o’clock on BBC2 if memory serves, but it soon had a cult following among adults. It was a quirky mix of fantasy and logic puzzles, culminating in the dreaded vortex game, but you can get a better idea from this video clip.
Yes, that really is serious newsreader, Moira Stewart, although personally I had a thing for Charmian Gradwell who played Gnoard. (All the characters had names that were anagrams of ‘dragon’)
None of which has much to do with this post other than that one of the contestants shown on TMTV™ was none other than Chris Hughes, stalwart of another six o’clock BBC2 favourite of today – Eggheads.
Chris is an inveterate quizzers having won Mastermind, International Mastermind and Brain of Britain, 2005. Yet here he was a few years before all that playing silly buggers with Bonnie Langford and some anonymous celebrity.
Anyway, above right is a photo of this moment in frozen in history (taken by me from the tv on pause, so rather fuzzy I’m afraid) and top of the page Chris as you no doubt know him today.