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“Only a doodle will do”

All grist to the Millster

“Hello and welcome to the quick draw game that everyone can play!” All thanks go to Nick Gates at the excellent Bother’s Bar website (nice logo, by the way, Nick) for drawing our attention to the fact that good ol’ STV have put their entire Danny Baker/Bob Mills-helmed archive of top 1990s daytime quick-on-the-draw quiz WIN, LOSE OR DRAW, here, on YouTube.

None-more-so-studenty, Andrew PetrieWe, however, want to draw (heh!) your attention to one particular episode from 1996. The reason? Cos TVC was in the studio audience at the time! One of the contestants, Andrew-Petrie-from-London, was a friend of a friend, so we agreed to schlep along to the Cowcaddens studio to watch the episode being recorded. At the left is a picture of the none-more-studenty ‘Peach’ (as he was known to chums) on the show. We well remember at the time, all the production team cooing over his opponent pleb, Helen-from-Belfast, and speculating that she could go on to a career in TV… Any update on that, anyone?

TVC’s main memories of this day in 1996 are as follows:

1) An over attentive warm-up woman who’d jump on the audience asking, “Who remembers old sweeties?” during every recording break.

2) STV posting guards on the exits, so you couldn’t sneak out during the loo-break between episodes (they filmed two back-to-back).

3) A member of the audience being pinned down on Bob’s rug when he broke on to set to try and get Anna Walker (of all people) to sign something.

4) Accidentally snubbing Saracen in the STV corridors afterwards. We were lingering around, waiting for Peach to emerge, and the Gladiator obviously thought we were loitering for his signature. Being 14 years younger than we are now, and lacking a general sense of sophistication, TVC simply turned its back on the erstwhile Mike Lewis.

Anyway, here’s said episode. And if you’ve been in the studio audience for a quiz show that’s now on YouTube, do tell us all about it…
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  1. Andy Elms

    October 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Was there ever a comic that featured a line similar to “‘Mother of mercy! The squid! She no longer responds to mind control!”, or was it just a stereotypical exposition as exclamation line?

  2. Simon Tyers

    October 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Was it not usually “Aieee! The squid!” etc in Danny’s telling?

    We do of course need to find the Baker-era one in which Tommy Boyd set the speed round record.

  3. Nick Gates

    October 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

    It’s got the Shane Ritchie series as well (series 5), which I think people ignore at their peril. Or at least *I* was amused by the idea of Dale Winton selling Supermarket Sweep sweatshirts from a car boot in Shane’s driveway.

    I also think it’s a shame they’ve covered the viewers’ competition with a dissolve in Bob’s episodes as they were frequently completely hilarious. “…And if you still don’t know there’s an extra clue on the line!”

  4. televisualcabbage

    October 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

    “Five of your english pounds!”

    Can’t remember if it was Bob Mills or the Bake…

  5. TV Cream

    October 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Well, with Millsy the prize was “250 of your Earth pounds!”.

  6. Andy Elms

    October 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’m pretty sure it was Aiyeee! The Squid… in Baker era too

  7. televisualcabbage

    October 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Ok then, 250 of your earth pounds

    Millsy always had a swagger but not too slick but chummy

  8. TV Cream

    October 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    We’ve just popped a Win, Lose or Draw poll up in our right-hand bar, so you can finally have your say on who the greatest ever presenter was. Alas, Darren Day and Liza Tarbuck are not canon.

  9. Nick Gates

    October 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Has the poll gone already?

    • TV Cream

      October 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      The poll is still there. It’s a bit odd in Internet Explorer, Nick (as are most things). So you might find it looking disgruntled at the bottom of the page.

  10. Simon Tyers

    October 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Lest we forget, it could also have been something as simple as Kickboxer 2.

    In case you haven’t got that far yet, the penultimate week of series 4 features Mark Kermode as a celebrity guest, and when he comes up to the board he gets no studio applause and has to explain who he is.

  11. Pearlyman

    October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Can we find whoever has voted for Richie and run them out of town with flaming torches and pitchforks?

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