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CUNNINGLY SEARCHING for a rival to IT’S A KNOCKOUT during that strange period when Stuart Hall held dominion over the continent, Thames hit upon the notion of an “all-star” version, hosted by MICHAEL ASPEL, at a time when such a vehicle was deemed a step up from ASK ASPEL. So you got a load of ITV celebs taking on one another: can Bill Maynard fill the bucket of water while pushing Lorraine Chase along in a wheelbarrow, or will he be beaten by Mick Robertson? That was the size of things, although the memory of a big tug-of-war as the regular finale lingers uneasily in the mind. Anyway, the annual Christmas Day final was largely ignored in favour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the other side, and the way was soon clear again for Eddie and his “fil rouge”.

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