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Finders Keepers

AHOY THERE! STILGOE on the starboard bow! Not Rich’s finest hour, admittedly, reduced as he was to mere quiz show host rather than pithy piano-wielding minstrel or whimsy wizard. Proceedings not helped by contestants comprising snotty grammar school kids playing computer battleship, though at least they always looked twats having to go “Foxtrot four!” and “Charlie seven!”. Does pick up some pity points, though, thanks to – yes! – Stilgoe-composed theme played live on Yamaha keyboard (which the man had fitted in his nifty customised presenter-desk) and sung heartily by author himself.



  1. a_fuzzyduck

    July 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Not to be confused with the ITV “room-raiding” pish once fronted by Neil Buchanan

  2. THX Kling Klang

    November 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    You could submit your quiz questions to this, I know because I sent one in. My question was “What is a white dwarf?”, but I only got a nice letter back where they told me thanks, but no thanks (presumably they thought they’d get answers like “Kenny Baker” or “David Rappaport” – I was thinking of the astronomical body). Thrilled to get the letter, though.

  3. CJJC

    September 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Wasn’t this the one whose theme tune was produced by New Musik supremo Tony Mansfield?

  4. George White

    April 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Also not to be confused with various same-titled films and webseries and other TV series…

  5. Glenn A

    January 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Almost always featured precocious children from the Home Counties or some affluent area of London. You could be generous and suggest it was cheaper for a hard up BBC to bus in kids from 10 miles from Television Centre than from Manchester, or, as was suggested in the strongly ITV watching area I lived in, it was another middle class BBC show like Ask The Family. Amersham always seemed to be Finders Keepers stamping ground.

  6. Richard16378

    January 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    This was the first time I encountered the Radio Phonetic Alphabet, wondering what Charlie 6 & Golf 3 meant.

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