Sorry, I couldn't resist it!
The original US version of Blockbusters debuted on 27/10/1980, the brainchild of TV game show purveyor extraordinaire Mark Goodson. Our version began on 29/8/1983 and quickly became a hit.
The contestants making their way across the board (two against one) and taking the hotspot for the Gold Runs were sixth formers, but the show attracted many and varied viewers: my seventy-something gran watched, as did my fifty-something postman, and my nine-year-old sister. Everybody, it seemed, was fascinated by Blockbusters.
Bob Holness was terrific, whether introducing the contestants, their mascots, or asking the questions, and do you remember the Blockbusters hand jive which often took place as the end credits rolled?
A snippet from the TV Times, August 1985. Bob was busy with Blockbusters, which was going from strength-to-strength. I was a big fan of Mr Holness and the show and collected the series of quiz books which accompanied the series. They really proved their worth on long train journeys!
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