This nosey parker super-computer inquisition managed to attract the big stars du jour such as Kenny Everett, Stephen Fry, Terence Trent D’Arby, Dave Stewart, Bernard Sumner, Wendy James and er, Sydney Youngblood.
The lame spin on the common-or-garden magazine style Q and A came by subjecting contestants to a warning to be truthful as the viewers vote whether or not they have been honest (‘star test’, see?) If the viewers at home think they’re being slippery they forfeit the right to show their videos.
The Cadbury’s Caramel smooth tone of the computer (or ‘Compy’ as Paul ‘I had a collection of Teddies called the Dinties’ Heaton called her) was provided by Kara Noble, notable for being the daughter of Marianne Stone (monstrously successful bit-part actress, specialising in charwomen and barmaids) and taker of ‘that’ photo of Chris Tarrant and Sophie Rhys-Jones (ahem) a few years back. Extra high-tech sexiness was added via a pretend ‘touch screen’ panel for picking questions, then impossibly sleek and sexy, now a bit like taking a Facebook quiz on an especially clunky iPhone.
Some questions were pertinent and probing, but failed to vary (especially in the compulsory trivia section). Predictably YouTube footage extends to whatever fans can be arsed to upload, so there was plenty of ‘Polar Bear’ Sumner, ‘ I heart cats’ Dax, ‘James Dean is my hero’ Goss (both of them, actually), a shrug-inducingly earnest Gabriel, good value for money Heaton and scrappy segments of a few others and this also explains why when the show petered out in March ’91 with Mr ‘two ‘r’s’ Bushell, the Internet provides a big, cavernous yawn where the tape should be.