Let's see how the Brits do it!
ITV's OFFICIAL Fun House site .Well... it used to be. I received an
email from a British tv watcher which stated that it is no longer in production. But you
can still visit the general CITV site.
Host: Pat Sharp
Cheerleaders: Melanie (bottom pic) and Martina
(top pic) Grant
Announcer: Gary King (not seen)
Production Team: Scottish Television/
Scottish Media Group
Run Dates: late 80's/early 90's - 1999, weekly on terrestial
television, similar to other UK games.
As you may have known, Fun House UK starts
with 3 stunts and three questions. Scoring is the same
as the US version - 25 points for a stunt win, 25 for
the question. They also give runner up points for 1
particular game. So if you get 2 objects, you get two
points (this is similar to the US FH pilots).
In this game, one player is the artist, and has to
paint (slime) the statue. Simple, huh?
Now we've gone into the pool to fish out letters!
And in this one, they had to pull the chain, let down
the gunge (slime) and then find the musical notes!
Grand Prix: The UK grand prix race is
actually done with real karts.
Gearing up for the grand prix race with host Pat!
And there's the start - fireworks and all!
Instead of tokens like in the US, UK players collect
Each team has a possibility of 4 wheels, for a total
And the teams switch each lap, with 4 laps in total.
Laps 1 and 4 are speed laps, while laps 2 and 3 you
can get the steering wheels. The winning team picks
up 50 points.
Then everyone goes back to the podium to count up the
points. What you see is the reveal of the spare
wheels for the yellow team by Martina.
Once a winner is declared, the runners-up receive a
Fun House jacket, Fun House hat and a small stereo
system - not too shabby! And a lovely modelling job
First off, the prize reveal is different.
They use a computer animated map to show where all
the prizes are! No cash in the UK fun house, only
Like the US version, they get 2 minutes. You know
the routine - 3 tags, then come and tag your partner.
There are 15 tags in total, so I suppose (theoretically)
you could actually get them all. But it hasn't happened
yet. One of the coolest thing is that they do a
"first person" view, so it actually feels that you're
There aren't rooms in the fun house persay, more like
individual stations. One of the neatest things (I think)
is the bobsled, and the sitting zip line!
And here they are! On the left is the bobsled run,
and in the centre is the zip line.
And of course there is a power prize. You know it has
been got when you here the chicken clucking, and then
the small graphic comes up on the screen.
Then one of the cheerleaders brings out a question,
and they have 10 seconds to get it right.
Power prizes range from a trip to Alton Towers
(most likely only UK viewers know about this), a
video camera, or maybe even a trip to the Cote
d'Azur in France. Or even once they had a trip
to New York!
Theme Music: I was sent it, it's somewhat catchier
then the US theme - of course that's just my opinion :).
And it has lyrics!
Fun house, a whole lot of fun, prizes to be won,
It's the real crazy show where anything goes.
Fun house, it's a quiz, it's a race, a real wacky place,
Use your body and your brain if you wanna play the
Announcer:It's time for fun house!
Lucky contestants! Messy games! The Fun Kart Grand
Prix Race! And a crazy chase to win lots of prizes!
And now here's
the guy who puts the fun into fun house... Pat Sharp!
CHANGES FOR FALL 1999 SEASON:
- The Pool has changed and is now a Foam Pit - filled with bubble bath foam
it appears although it is clarly visible that this game takes place from
outside the main studio!
- All the games appear to be 45 seconds long now rather than the minute
used for the past 3 or 4 years.
- The buzzer/desk area is completely re-designed
- There is now more interaction/scarcasm between Pat and the cheerleaders
which could explain why the time has been cut down on the games to
incorporate more chit-chat!
- The steering wheel counter thing used after the grand prix has now
changed into something more fancy than a bunch of lights.
- The GP is now mixed rather than boys v boys on one lap, girls v firls
- They are using the cameras on the karts themselves.
- The karts appear to have been tweaked so they skid a bit more and are
- The funhouse prize thing is now changed to incorporate the new slidey
rope thing at the main entrance
- As above, the funhouse now has a stand on a disc attatched to rope and
get lifted down to the main entrance thing from the big steps at the main
- You get a fleece as a runner up prize and not a jacket. The CD player
is still there it seems
- The "crawl" tube now rotates round and round rather then being static
- Alot more visual effects, particularly smoke machines, are being used
And more info.... here's some changes that were different in earlier series
- The first season of Fun House was broadcast from January 1990, and I would
assume that filming therefore began in late 1989.
- The Fun Karts - were always done with real karts, but the karts in the early
years were much slower. They also collected tokens like the US version, I
don't know which year they changed it to steering wheels.
- There used to be only 3 laps in total, with the 3rd being the speed rap (but
you also could take any tokens you've missed as well). When the tokens were
counted up, it was done in much the same way as the US version (dropping the
tokens into a container). The 4th lap was introduced in 1998.
- Prizes changed over the years. The old runner-up prize was a camera and a
different style jacket and a waist bag thing. The prize reveal used to be a
camera shot of the part of the Fun House where the prize tag is held, then a
picture of the prize would appear over it.
- Generally, when the UK Fun House first started it
was much more based on the US version, but has gradually moved away from
that original format to a more British approach.
NOTE: I do have two 1991 episodes, and am working on getting pictures of them, just for comparison to the 1998 episode that you see on the page.
I want to say that some of this information first
appeared on the
UK Game Show
Page. Many thanks go out to them, as their
information is very comprehensive!
LEGALESE: Fun House (UK) is a property of the
Scottish Media Group, and no challenge to any ownership is
Thanks to P.H. for the images!
CITV home, the kids' part of ITV that showed fun house . All you want to
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