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YET A further kids’ quiz show needlessly complicated by a cumbersome “space” theme. Three children are interrogated by the titular alien in an elaborate-yet-naff headdress (ROGER “MATHSCORE” SLOMAN) and his sidekick DR SYLVESTER McCOY (again). Two things stood out – the entrance of the participants through one of those “amazing” blue laser/dry ice tunnels of light so beloved of “classy” nightclubs of that era, and a stupid round in which the contestants were asked questions (always “What was Paul Young’s first single?”) while trying to stay on one of those bucking-bronco machines (tarted up for the occasion and called “the Grunderhunter” on the power-addled whim of some duff junior producer).

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3 Comments

  1. Matt P

    August 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I was on this as a contestant. It was the 2nd series, when Sloman had been replaced by Jim Carter. I was the team captain, and I led the team to third place (out of 3).
    I didn’t go on the Grunderhunter, but I did have to negotiate a dry-ice maze while strapped to my (female) classmate.
    I still have the mug.

  2. John S

    September 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I was on this. The second episode of series one I think. I led our Notts school team, and we beat a team from Bradford and a team from Buxton (on a tie-breaker). All we got was a T-shirt and a badge. Our school was promised a set of encyclopaedias, but I’m not sure whether we ever got these.

  3. Craig C

    December 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    @John S. I was in the team from Bradford that you beat. We were terrible. So was the show, even with all the special effects. We didn’t even get a bloody T Shirt!

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