Washing Line Is It Anyway?
first ever competition to feature on the show. At 7.20 on September
28th 1992 The first ever family of the week pinned clues up on the
washing line to help callers guess who the identity of the mystery
person was. This was also the longest running competition on the
show appearing for much of it's first year. The format has since
been revamped and used many times over the show's history under
second competition on the first show. Chris Evans hosted the slot
where viewers won videos - the more to fail the bigger the prize.
Basically you had to guess an identity from four obscure images on
On Your Face
famous celeb hidden by giant eggs. Could you guess who it was?
Of The Day
1993's comp was trailed by Zig & Zag on channel 4 excitedly
shouting '4!' but with only 3 fingers it was hard to demonstrate. To
win the prize (flights to the US) viewers had to spot the sausage
hidden somewhere within the show.
had to watch some VT of chickens and guess how many appeared. Was
reworked into More Tea Vicar.
'mop-cam' moving around the kitchen. Viewers had to stop the mop on
the prize the most wanted. They could gamble their prize on
something else but if they didn't 'stop the mop' before it went in
the bucket they lost everything!
who was the model holding the surfboard on this hangman type game?
Yes Matt the model reappeared a quite a lot during the summer of
1993 in various different guises helping out on the comps.
Lump Or Two
1993 played host to One Lump or Two. Viewers had to instruct a
blindfolded swimmer who paddled in a giant teacup on a raft shaped
liked a teabag. They had 30 seconds to get rid of the most lumps of
sugar possible. The highest wins.
format the Vaughany made his own was actually a product of the Evans
replacement to Who's washing line is it anyway. Viewers had control
of a blindfolded footballer who had to score into moving goalposts.
||A Lot of
you emailers feel that although most famous on The Bigger Breakfast
'Beat The Banger' did originate in the Evans era. Callers had to
guess how long a celeb could stay on a bucking banger!
dispute over Call & Collect, Brekkie Boy says it started in Rick
And Sharon era, I'm sure it's been around at least since Evans left,
possibly earlier. It was last seen in the early JV days, but it's
format is very similar to the 'giveaways' used in 2001/2002
The Pudding - Bob Monkhouse
competition to end all. The prize was a full scale replica of The
Big Breakfast house worth £100,000. Gamecards were posted through
the nations doors and told viewers to look out for 3 blue objects
each day. If after 6 weeks you had 50 objects you could register
your card for the house draw. One Bow Locks reader 'stu' emailed us
to tell us he won a surround sound TV on Housey Housey
Your Knobbly Nuts Out
VT of people talking about a given subject - the caller had to guess
Who Spilt The Milk
the game played on Chris Evans very last day. A VT of a celeb
spilling milk you have to guess who it was.
Home The Bacon
have to guess where the lost little pig is from clues given in a VT
a game played during the original Eggs On Legs roadshows.
game where you needed scratch cards in national newspapers. A flag
was raised in the garden and played with a national anthem, if your
country on your card matched the flag you phoned up to claim your
prize and holiday. (Thanks to Stu)
Dear What Can The Chatter Be?
an updated version of 'What's The Waffle?' an old person would
ramble on about someone or something - you had to guess who or what.
By The Pool
relative of a TV celeb would stand on the stairs in the house.
Callers had five clues to identify the celeb. Gavin Martin remembers
Gaby doing this one but see also 1997's 'The Fame Name Game' in
which the format was re-used for Rick Adams.
Your Kit On
In A Twist
Parry emailed this one in - 'Can't quite remember how this worked
but viewers were shown an anagram of a celebs name and were given 3
clues to their identity after each clue they were given the chance
to 'stick' or 'twist'. By gambling they risked losing all their
prizes. Was featured on Gaby's last show.
by Simon Parry (who has been fantastic in emailing resources and
info.) A sort of court with your pants down on ice. Instead of
tennis the game is ice hockey with callers guessing how many pucks
can they put past the moving snowman. The BB had to build an ice
rink in the garden for this one.
Brian Moore The Merrier
Euro 96 Game
In A Basket
during Eggs On Legs 2. Rubber Chickens were thrown into a basket.
What more do you want?
Game to accompany the 1996 Olympics. A Kind of triathlon in which
celebs carried a burning torch around the garden before rushing to
the pool to burst balloons.
Your Egg Over
had eggs under the backs of their T-Shirts and had to crawl across a
pole over the pool without being knocked off by a swimming mallet.
Fishing Line Is It Anyway?
return of the original BB Game as Zoe hosted the show from a boat in
it's final weeks before the 96 Revamp. Like Whose Washing Line
objects were hauled in onto the boat and callers had to identify the
All Gone Pair Shaped!
aptly titled first comp of the Rick & Sharon era. Callers had to
find a pair amongst 20 mystery photos. Resurfaced in 1997 as 'Oh
What A Lovely Pair'
With Your Pants Down
Fame Name Game
in the Art-Deco house library. Rick Adams had five clues to a
mystery ex-celeb. You had to guess who. It was a re-jig of 'Telly
during Davina McCall's guest presenting days. Ducks were simply
thrown across the pool.
Must Be Soaking
Your Cars Right
first comp was played in the garden by the outhouse. Viewers had to
answer questions to progress up a gameboard to win a car. Denise was
dressed as a lollipop lady to shout stop! when the time was up.
to TJ for naming one of JV's first comps. A line of eggs with
letters on forming a scrambled up word. JV would shout 'Eggs, Mungle!'
and they'd dance around. Caller would guess the word with Den crying
the famous catchprase 'Mental Mental, Chicken Oriental!
What A Lovely Pair!
one of the most used comps on the BB, it has reappeared almost every
year last being seen in Jan 2001. Callers have to try and find a
pair on the big replica house but avoid the 'Hezza's'
First 'character comp' of Johnny & Den's reign set in a court
room where you had to guess who was in dock.
during Xmas 97/98 Santa's stockings was a variation of Oh! What A
||Pardon My German
Chump one of the most awful quiz show hosts of our time returned to
TV to bring your the gag-tastic competition. He read the jokes the
teams provided the punch line. His gorgeous assistant 'Gemsy Baby'
used her profits to get a breast enlargement and to fund her own
bar. Don't forget Sinden Chump's World of Gags is available in all
For The Memory
& Stacey Lardburger on holiday from the US wanted to send
postcards back to their family & friends. However they had to
ask the concierge who was on the postcards. The caller guessed how
many they'd get right. (Was filmed in front of a live studio
used when Liza first guest presented in summer 1998. Socks were
pulled out of a washing machine, each sock had a letter on. If those
letters matched the end letters of your postcode you could enter the
first round which involved taking part in 'Play Your Credit Cards
Right.' If you won this game you got to go down to the house on
the friday and play 'Terminal Case' against the 4 other
finalists. The final was Paper,
Scissors, Stones which gave the winner £10,000 pounds - The Shows
biggest ever cash prize.
had to give clues to the celeb on what was in their stomach. Who
ever got the most objects right won. Jenny McCarthy supposedly went
all the way behind the Xrated screen when taking her top off.
Wonderous Amos Mutton and his living fruit machine.
Up On A Star
comp ran throughout August 1999 which saw the show guest presented
by Ed Hall & Sara Cox. Trixie The Pixie and her elves pulled
clues out of the pool which led to an identity of a mystery celeb.
Of The Day
most famous comp of the Johnny & Liza days. Auntie Tina's
hairdressing salon was where the action took place with players
guessing who the mystery celeb was from their hair alone. Auntie
Tina was assisted by her very masculine nephew Jason.
emails Bow Locks to tell us:
"I remember count down under was a
game where a celebrity guest would have to solve as many anagrams as
possible. The anagrams were of famous people and they were allowed
three clues. If the guest got an anagram correct "We'd put
another shrimp on the barbie!"
The competition was hosted by Ray Whiteley and Noleen Bornaman. The
score keeper was Stroppy the Bush Kangaroo (Linton). Liza was on
holiday one week, so he took over as Noleeen's sister.
Finally, I remember the competition would start off by introducing
Noleen, and she would provide "a little conundrum" for Ray
to solve. The conundrums were something like "you idiot."
Ray never got them. It would also close with one of Ray's amusing
anecdotes. One was "I was in the church the over day and I was
hungry. So I went to the cafe. A-MENu arrived...."
Ray and Noleen also presented Ray Whiteley's "Moment of Streuth!,"
On A Show
shortest comp ever - it only lasted a day. A reworking of 'Scrambled
Eggs' 8 Xmas puddings spelling out a word. Sadly the caller couldn't
actually see the puddings and the game was a disaster.
Comp from Xmas 1999 with Johnny & Liza acting out charades as
am-dram society players named Expression Train.
No You Don't!
comp that ran throughout The Biggest Breakfast Ever! The BB promised
to pay off all the debts of whoever won. The players had to battle
through rounds of Gaggin For It, Thatch Of The Day, Count Down Under
and La Triviata! The final of the show (which overran - despite
having 8 & half hours!) was the first ever Wonga!
first new BB game of the millennium and it is probably now one of
its most famous. Single handedly responsible for a rise in sales of
'Jenga!' Wonga saw a huge tower of blocks which had to be removed
and placed on top of the tower. Simple but surprisingly engrossing.
Originally appeared as the final of 'Owe? No You Don't!' and has
reappeared many times since. Last seen on September 3rd 2001.
appeared as Dizzy Bizzy Fizzy in the days of Mark Little Star Turn
involved a dizzy celeb trying to run an assault course with full
cups of tea. Reappeared in 2001 with an Election special having MP's
running the course. Star Turn holds the honor of being the last
competition ever to be played on The Big Breakfast - The competitor
Countdown's Richard Whiteley. The prize was a limited edition Big
JV was away during the birth of his daughter Tabitha, Auntie Tina
returned with Richard Bacon playing a TV repair man. You had to
identify the TV Shows appearing through the static on her TV set.
Generation Fame Name Game
by Patrick Kielty And Liza. Items went past on a conveyor belt and
you had to guess who they linked to.
Wants To Win A Mini-On-Air?
Fluffy & Duffy
Saw the BB's games loose their originality. Here Kitty Kitty is
perhaps the only one with any creative thought into it.
old washing line format reappears once more. This time 5 burglars
have a clue to a celebs identity in their swag bag.
What You See
McClean at the Cannes FIlm festival pestering the locals to play a
redressed version of 'Pardon My French'
Fielder (BB Weatherman) Had to stand on the diving board numbered
with 5 spaces, the callers had to answer questions
correct, every time a correct answer was given, he would step
forward one space-the winner was the one to get answer the 6th
question correctly, therefore plunging him into the pool. (Thanks to
8.15 Prize Giveaway
April 2001 The Big Breakfast comps lost all sense of fun and
originality. After almost 9 years of having TV's best games the show
adopted the call and collect format full time. Despite going through
many changes in title all the comps were the same. A shame that the
shows final production team couldn't put in the same effort and
flair of the preceding 9 years of great comps.
& Posh's Prize Fight
From Big Brother's 8.15 Giveaway
||The Jar O'
||A big column
of sprouts in the BB house with Bacon & Squeaky prompting the
viewer to write in gussing how many sprouts were in the Jar.
Bigger Breakfast also had its own competitions: Beat The Banger
originally appeared in the Chris Evans era with celeb's riding a
bucking banger. There was also Poultry In Motion featuring a huge
orange paraballoon. Also on The Bigger Breakfast: Have We Got Cruise
For You, Play Your Cards Wrong, Cock-A-Hoop, Bigger Break & The
Bigger Bow Watch.
HELP - Even Bow Locks hasn't a
perfect memory. Can you identify or give more details on the
Hey There Punk, Make My Day - A Member of the Crew dressed as a
punk with spikey hair trying to pop balloons by bouncing on a pogo
stick - The caller had to guess how many popped. Only used for one
day... but don't know when. Can you help?
Gavin Martin has emailed with some comps names but is
unsure of details. Can you help? The Vincent Price Is Right and
Meanwhile John Conlon has loads: Rattle My Cage, Let's Get
Ready to Rhumba, Game For A Bath, Buddies In The Nuddy, Break An
Egg, Bun In The Oven, How Long Is A Piece of String, Lucky Basket,
Trick or Treat & Twisting By The Pool.
Stu who tells us he won a surround sound TV in 'Housey
Housey' helps identify some other comps. Piece Of Cake.
Andy 2001 has already emailed in to remind me of Horsey Horsey!
A BIG Thankyou to all contributors: Andy 2001, TJ, Simon
Parry, Jace 1055, Gavin Martin, Jon Conlon, Stu, Craig Bowdon, Damon
Beesley, Mark Fitchett, Craig Bowden, Brekkie Boy, Salsoul Nugget,
Garreth Waites, D. Whitehurst and the gang at Planet 24 keep
your memories of BB competitions coming in and please help shed some
light on the comps above!