Dating game show 1990s
Many of these shows were imported from the USA, a trend which only slowed down in the 1970s.
In the mid to late 50s, Britain went quiz show mad, reflecting the similar fever in the USA.People are Funny and Make Up Your Mind showed early signs of using stunts and practical jokes - a key theme of the mid 1980s onwards.Crackerjack provided panto-style fun for schoolkids from 1955.Hosted by Freddie Grisewood, the panel of guests were asked to spell a series of words. The host was bedecked in schoolmaster garb as a way of adding kudos to what was otherwise a light-hearted quiz - a technique that countless other shows would use throughout the century.It was not until the late 80s that children were treated as young people rather than schoolkids.It wasn't until near the end of the decade that the BBC finally came up with a hit game show in the somewhat low-brow form of Jeux Sans Frontiéres.
Meanwhile back on ITV, the unashamedly highbrow University Challenge was perhaps the most surprising hit of the decade.
In response, the BBC provided a stern alternative for proper, upstanding middle-class families in the form of Ask the Family.
Families were also featured heavily in 1971's the Generation Game, which was to have its heyday in the mid 70s.
With Take Your Pick and Double Your Money maintaining their remarkable headlock on the audience figures until their unfortunate demise, very few other shows were able to get a look-in.
The introduction of a second BBC channel in 1964 did little to alter the outlook, since it had been created to provide alternative higher-brow programming than mere quiz shows, and for several years Call My Bluff was the channel's only game show of any note.
The BBC began the world's first high-definition, regular TV service from London in 1936.