Buzzer UK: UK Christmas Game Show Preview 2012

Christmas is here once again with the UK major channels drawing up some game show treats for the next few weeks into the new year. Some are returning favourites with some new shows and a special revival of a 1980s classic. Here are the details to what is planned for the festive period.


Given the huge popularity of the London 2012 Olympic Games over the summer. The BBC have decided to bring back 80s sportsfest, Superstars. The original show featured many sport stars taking part in sports that were unfamiliar to them with the finale taking place in the gymnasium for the gruelling gym tests. It was known for having a memorable theme tune, Heavy Action. Which is well known to US viewers as the theme tune to ABC’s Monday Night Football. The show was brought back in 2003 and will be revived again for a one off show on Saturday 29th December. Gabby Logan, Iwan Thomas and Denise Lewis will be presenting. The sport stars include boxer Anthony Joshua, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Katherine Grainger and The Cuber beater and double Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah.

The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing With the Stars) reaches their conclusion on Saturday 22nd December with their yearly celebrity special to be shown on Christmas Day. Six new celebrities will take to the dance floor to impress the judges and the studio audience to become Christmas Champion. The stars include comedian Katy Brand, JB from boyband JLS and actress Sheila Hancock.

Celebrity Mastermind will also return for another ten show run from Thursday 27th December to Saturday 5th January. As always, well know celebrities try to score as many points as possible by answering questions on their specialist subject as well as general knowledge.

Although not Christmas related. It has been reported this week the National Lottery quiz show, Secret Fortune will be taking a break from broadcasting. Due to schedule conflicts with Wimbledon earlier this year, the BBC has yet to show all twelve shows from the latest series. It has now been revealed the final episode will be shown on Saturday 29th December.

Also airing; Pointless Celebrities (10th-21st Dec, 27th-28th Dec), Have I Got Christmas News For You (21st Dec), Total Wipeout Awards (Series 5) (31st Dec), A Question of Sport (28th Dec).


Celebrity Eggheads return for another ten show run from Monday 10th December to Friday 14th December. As before, teams of celebrities try to take on the Eggheads which  includes the new Egghead, David Rainford. They will try to win the prize fund for their chosen charity. The prize fund starts at £1,000 with £1,000 being added for each show the Eggheads win. For any money left over after the final show will be donated to this year’s Children in Need appeal. The stars include Joe Pasquale, chef Aldo Zilli and the cast of Radio 4 drama The Archers.

Christmas University Challenge also return for another festive run, mixing students with celebrities. Fourteen universities will battle it out for only four places in the semi finals. The ten shows will be split into two halves. The first five shows will be broadcast every night from 17th to 21st December. With the second half from New Years Eve to 3rd January.

Also airing; QI Jingle Bells (21st Dec), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (22nd Dec).


Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will be bringing in the festive cheer and using their Celebrity Millionaire Merry Go-Round by bringing back celebrities who have appeared on the show before. There will be a Pantomime special being shown on Sunday 9th Dec. Featuring David Hasselhoff and Denise Welch, Tim Vine (who won £1,000 in 2007) and Cheryl Ferguson as well as John Partridge and Alison Hammond. They will be dressed up for the panto spirit, trying to win £1 million for their chairites and going up against the Big Bad Clock. As always the prize money will be split between the celebrities charities and a lucky home viewer. It’s worth noting this show will be the last one to be recorded at their permanent studio at Elstree after staying there for over thirteen years.

On Thursday 20th December their live Christmas special will be broadcast from their new studio home at BBC Television Centre. It is uncertain who will be taking part but no doubt they will be cranking the Celebrity Millionaire Merry Go-Round and choosing celebrities who have played on the show before. There will also be new year special to be shown New Years Day with questions based on the events over the last twelve months.

In It to Win It and Supermarket Sweep star Dale Winton will be returning to ITV on Saturday 29th December to front a one-off show, Dale’s Great Getaway. Three families will take part in a number of challenges. The winning family will be taking a luxury holiday, while the losing families could be holidaying in a caravan in Canvey Island.

Take Me Out will be doing something different for Christmas. Unlike the show as normal, where thirty women will decide on one male. This time it will be thirty women for one single celebrity male. Four single male celebrities will face the ladies to see whether they are good enough to keep their lights on. This will be shown on Saturday 15th December.

After a lengthy break, The Cube returns for a one-off celebrity special on 23rd December. TV presenter, Melanie Sykes and Diversity dancer, Ashley Banjo will take on the ominous Cube to try to emulate Mo Farah’s £250,000 victory.

Also airing; All Star Family Fortunes (27th Dec), Paddy’s 2012 Show and Telly (22nd Dec), That Dog Can Dance (Boxing Day).

Channel 4

Deal or No Deal will once again be celebrating the Christmas spirit by broadcasting throughout Christmas. There will be six themed shows from Christmas Eve to Saturday 29th December. The theme for this year will be Deal or No Deal’s Big Christmas Dinner. As well as the regular episodes. There will be a brand new series of Celebrity Deal or No Deal, starting on New Years Day. Many well known faces will take on The Banker for their chosen charity. Unlike other game shows, there are no consolation prizes if they win a low amount. They will need their luck, skill a nerve to try to spank The Banker. The first special will feature the uber-bitch of 80′s drama, Dynasty, Joan Collins. She will be assisted by Emma Samms (Dynasty’s Fallon Carrington-Colby), comedian Helen Lederer and fictional detective duo and real life couple, Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon who starred in the 80′s show, Dempsey and Makepeace.

The Channel 4 Mash Up will return on Friday 4th January where popular shows are mixed up with their presenters. Alan Carr will be replacing Davina McCall on The Million Pound Drop. While the 8 out 10 Cats team moves on from Countdown and hijack an episode of Deal or No Deal.

Also airing; 8 Out of 10 Cats (Christmas Eve), The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (30th Dec)

Travis Penery

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3 responses to "Buzzer UK: UK Christmas Game Show Preview 2012"

  • CouponBoy says:

    Maybe the Mash-up special where 8 out of 10 cats “hijacks an episode of Deal or No Deal” will see Noel Edmonds playing the game. That would be interesting.

    • Travis Penery says:

      We won’t know for definite who will be playing the game as they’re not recording it until 17th December. One thing is for sure it won’t be Jimmy Carr. Would be amusing if Jimmy is the actual host with Noel playing.

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