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I can't track this down - can anyone help..

About ten years ago. May have been a short series, may have been a one-off.

Presenter was someone like Ben Shepherd.

I think it was called "The Ultimate Game Show" but no hits on that.

It consisted of a group of contestants who had to answer questions and in each round the loser would suffer some dreadful fate.

One of the rounds saw the contestants in shopping trolleys tethered to the top of some scaffolding. The loser would be plunged into the water underneath.

I remember this vividly because the loser was absolutely terrified. Really scared, to the point of soiling herself.

There's a magic moment where the presenter sees how scared she is just before the trolley is released and she falls.

What was this?

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Presumably before getting the gig on British TV the shows production team had worked in Abu Ghraib waterboarding Iraqis.

Bizarrely it was shot on location in Argentina one suspects to get around any tedious health and safety laws or concerns about torturing people on prime time TV.

In the end I think it bombed not because of the cruel way contestants were treated but because it was all based around a rather basic quiz question format that meant that there was a huge amount of boring empty time that had to be padded out in each show before the unlucky loser got fed to the crocodiles.

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Presumably before getting the gig on British TV the shows production team had worked in Abu Ghraib waterboarding Iraqis.

Bizarrely it was shot on location in Argentina one suspects to get around any tedious health and safety laws or concerns about torturing people on prime time TV.

In the end I think it bombed not because of the cruel way contestants were treated but because it was all based around a rather basic quiz question format that meant that there was a huge amount of boring empty time that had to be padded out in each show before the unlucky loser got fed to the crocodiles.

To be fair, though, I'm assuming that woman took part voluntarily.. I saw the bit about it being in Argentina and thought it odd, too, maybe it is for the reasons you state.

I don't recall the rest of the show being anywhere near as entertaining as that moment, really funny.

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This is as good a place as anywhere.

Does any one remember a tv series in the late 70s l/early 80s? I think it was on BBC 2 while the 6 o'clock news was running. The plot to the best of my recolection was based on Tsarist Russia/maybe 17th century and I think the main guy has to deliver a secret message across Siberia and he gets blinded by Cossacks

It was pretty good, but the reason It sticks in my mind is in one of the episodes he picks up a female companion, and she goes swimming topless in a lake (but he's blind at this point so missed out) - but they actually showed her naked top half - she had lovely knockers (i was only 7!)

Sorry for the thread derail

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To be fair, though, I'm assuming that woman took part voluntarily.. I saw the bit about it being in Argentina and thought it odd, too, maybe it is for the reasons you state.I don't recall the rest of the show being anywhere near as entertaining as that moment, really funny.

I think the show was some sort of world wide franchise as there are clips from the U.S. version on YouTube. With this type of series I sometimes wonder if the contestants are real members of the public (I have never seen advertisements for participants) or just actors. So much TV is phoney and apart from the standard studio quizzes I often think the viewing public are simply being gulled by many of the more extreme game shows. Certainly I doubt some people would be up to going through the numerous retakes needed to capture the plunge into the piranhas pond.

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This is as good a place as anywhere.

Does any one remember a tv series in the late 70s l/early 80s? I think it was on BBC 2 while the 6 o'clock news was running. The plot to the best of my recolection was based on Tsarist Russia/maybe 17th century and I think the main guy has to deliver a secret message across Siberia and he gets blinded by Cossacks

It was pretty good, but the reason It sticks in my mind is in one of the episodes he picks up a female companion, and she goes swimming topless in a lake (but he's blind at this point so missed out) - but they actually showed her naked top half - she had lovely knockers (i was only 7!)

Sorry for the thread detail

Don't forget to add pictures if you find it.

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I don't get what is so terrifying of being gently dunked into water on the end of a bungee

The fact that was the end result of nearly all the failures just goes to show how dull the British show was since the punishment was nearly always some sort of water boarding

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/101_Ways_to_Leave_a_Game_Show

The U.S. version was a bit more creative though looking at some of the punishments one suspects the 'contestants' were actually stuntmen and stuntwomen as I can't envisage Mavis from HR really agreeing to being plucked by helicopter from the back of an exploding lorry going over a cliff

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/101_Ways_to_Leave_a_Game_Show

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Found it!

Michael Strogoff

the knorks in question - NSFW (if your boss is a puritanical prude)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YI2D9Y-pgpQ#t=8098

Amazing the things that stick in your childhood memory

Damn.

How did I miss that as a teenager.

I though I saw every bit of naked female flesh shown on TV back in that era.

I am afraid youngsters exposed to an avalanche of porn readily available on the internet will never know the thrill of anticipation from catching a scene like that in a TV drama or film.

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Damn.

How did I miss that as a teenager.

I though I saw every bit of naked female flesh shown on TV back in that era.

I am afraid youngsters exposed to an avalanche of porn readily available on the internet will never know the thrill of anticipation from catching a scene like that in a TV drama or film.

I remember bleary eyed saturday mornings after staying awake for the channel 4 warning triangle films - what an absolute load of tosh

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I remember this TV show once, where a few things happened and there was a woman doing something. Some men also did something too but I can't quite remember. I only saw the first few minutes but Im struggling to identify the show.

Any ideas?

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To be fair, though, I'm assuming that woman took part voluntarily.. I saw the bit about it being in Argentina and thought it odd, too, maybe it is for the reasons you state.

I don't recall the rest of the show being anywhere near as entertaining as that moment, really funny.

Total wipeout is also shot in Argentina, presumably for similar reasons?

Like those having worldwide versions is Fort Boyard. Does that also escape H&S by being in international waters?

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I remember bleary eyed saturday mornings after staying awake for the channel 4 warning triangle films - what an absolute load of tosh

Yes those Channel 4 films were rubbish but the very fact they touted them as risque meant they were bound to be crap. The very act of promotion was a warning that you were likely to be as disappointed as a punter in a Soho clip joint of that era. Much better were the high brow dramas the BBC put on TV in the 1970s which strangely often managed a high tit count as well.

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I remember this TV show once, where a few things happened and there was a woman doing something. Some men also did something too but I can't quite remember. I only saw the first few minutes but Im struggling to identify the show.

Any ideas?

I know this one. Based on your description and how little happens, it has to be "Lost".

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I can't stop watching that clip, I never tire of it. It's so wicked, but so good.

Yes, for me, it's the nipples that are particularly compelling.

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A friend of mine has been trying to track down an old kids TV programme for years. All she remembers is that it was about a dysfunctional family, and the son would write all the bees are dead on the walls in crayon. Would probably have been early to mid 80's.

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