Tuesday, April 9, 2013

THE HISTORY OF THE IRISH TV QUIZ SHOW - PART FIVE

What constitutes a quiz show? – Deal or No Deal is a game show as is The National Lottery Games like Winning Streak where luck plays a major role. Quiz shows are where questions and their answers whether general knowledge or specialized decides the winner.
In 2013 the British channels BBC, ITV and Channel 4 broadcast numerous quiz formats especially on their afternoon schedules. RTE do not broadcast any except for quizzes aimed at the youth audience. TV3 broadcast Junior Mastermind, while TG4 broadcasts Ceist GAA. None of these shows offer major cash prizes for successful contestants.
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
17 Oct 2000 – March 29th 2002
Gay Byrne
RTE
RTE imported this format from the Celador created show of the same name broadcast on ITV and hosted by Chris Tarrant. RTE’s show was sponsored by Eircom allowing the station to initially offer a prize fund of £1,000,000 but before its second series the Euro currency had been introduced reducing the top prize to €1.000.000 as a direct conversions would be €1.270.000. When Eircom completed sponsorship RTE were unable to find a replacement and the show ended.
90 SECONDS
October 2000
Tomas O’Brannigan
TG4
IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR
2000 - 2002
Dara O'Brian
RTE
The programme was produced by Green Inc productions and ran for two series.
SCHOOLS CHALLENGE
2001
RTE
A thirty minute schools quiz produced by Straight Forward TV
THE WEAKEST LINK
2001 - 2002
Eamon Dunphy
TV3
An Irish version of the BBC programme that was presented by Anne Robinson. Recorded at the RTE studios, the show lasted just one season. Eamon Dunphy is more famous for his sports journalism and as a panellist on RTE’s soccer broadcasts
AT THE END OF THE DAY
July 29th 2002 – September 16th 2002
Tracy Piggott
RTE
A sports quiz game with two resident team captains, Joe Brolly and Tony Cascarino. The show was made by Setanta Television for broadcast on RTE
THE FAME GAME
2002 - 2006
Caroline Monahan
RTE
The Fame Game takes three fans of different celebrities, who compete against each other in a studio-based quiz show for the chance to go and meet their idol and was produced by Adare Productions
IT'S NOT THE ANSWER
2002 – 2003
Bryan Smyth
RTE
Two seasons of 27 thirty minute shows presented by Bryan Smyth. The show was produced by Green Inc Productions
LAST ONE STANDING
2003
Jon Slattery
RTE
This general knowledge quiz was produced by Mind the Gap/Ludus Entertainment for RTÉ. Each programme had four contestants battling it out in rapid fire rounds of multiple choice questions, against each other and against the clock, to see who would be the Last One Standing and take home the prize money.
ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING
2003 - 2004
Ryan Tubridy
RTE
RTÉ Television's comedy quiz show 'All Kinds of Everything' presented by Ryan Tubridy before he earned the hosting role on The Late Late Show.
THE MEMORIZER
2005
Kathryn Thomas / Aidan Power
RTE
This was a RTÉ Television young people's quiz series 'The Memoriser', recorded in November 2005. A celebrity special was broadcast on Christmas Day 2005. It starred Francis Boylan, Ray D'Arcy, Damien McCaul and Ian Dempsey - all four guests were former presenters of RTÉ Television's 'The Den'.
The show was made by Adare Productions for RTÉ.
CRUINEASS! / Game Planets
2005 – present
Páidí Ó Lionáird
TG4
Produced by Telegael Cruinneas was a children’s quiz show where children travel all over the solar system, from planet to planet, answering questions and winning great prizes. Now in it’s fifth year, this show is produced for RTÉ and broadcast on TG4.
HQ - HOLIDAY QUIZ
March 26th 2006 (1 Season)
Sean Moncrieff
RTE
The series was made by Vision Independent Productions for RTÉ; it combined elements of a travel programme with a family quiz show.
BOG STOP
2008 – present
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill
TG4
Produced by Abu Media
TEST THE TEACHER
2009
Kathryn McKiernan
RTE
PODGE & RODGE'S STICKIT INN
October 2009
RTE
Based on pub table quiz formula with celebrity guests.
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
2009
Roisín Ni Thomain
RTE
‘Watch Your Language’ was a rapid-fire language quizshow for 8-12 year olds from around the country.

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