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Whatever Next!

NOEL’S Blue Jam-style post-Whirly Wheelgate ‘soft launch’ reinvention with a low-key top-of-the-week start-of-the-evening game show based on… well, nobody was quite sure really. Some kind of ‘Stop The Film’ conceit based on proto-Bungalow comedy larks in public places, intermingled with… something about stuff hidden inside a wall? No, us neither. Chiefly remembered for razzle-dazzly madcap brass section theme tune antics and of-its-time title sequencage involving Noel ‘teleporting’ in and out of clips, including one where he appeared to be fleeing some bloke at high speed in a market whilst wielding a novelty oversized match. They really don’t make ’em like that any more.



  1. David Smith

    February 10, 2015 at 12:28 am

    As I recall this show boasted (if that’s tge word) one of those theme tunes that was an implied singalong of the title (see also Family For-tunes, How-ard’s Way and my personal favourite of the genre – which must have a name – Death of an Ex-pert Wit-ness), the last shot of the opening credits featuring Noel popping up jauntily and mouthing “Whatever Next” in time with the music. But no, whatever did come next, I similarly have scant recollection.

  2. Richard16378

    February 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I remember one feature was getting people to pick a £20 note from the bottom of a tank of maggots.

  3. Mick B

    March 3, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Referenced rather smartly on the Question Of Spit sketch for Comic Relief – back when comics made the effort to genuinely entertain in exchange for we viewers saving Africa.

    It’s on Youtube, so give Spitting Image a watch.

  4. Rob J

    December 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    The teams on this show were bizarre partnerships. Bloke and his bank manager, woman and her milkman. As for the content…no idea.

  5. Jonathan

    February 13, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    It wasn’t a “novelty oversized match”, it was a rose wrapped in paper.

    I remember one episode where Noel ended up linking arms with a police officer and skipping down a street with him. No idea why.

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