“HELLO, IT’S ANNEKA FROM THE CHALLENGE PROGRAMME!” Aaargh, no it’s not, Anneka! That is NOT the name of the programme! Anyway, invented in 1987 as part of CHILDREN IN NEED, it spun off into a full series two years later, leaving TREASURE HUNT in the hands of Annabel Croft. Each week Annie would be challenged to do something to make the world a better place, whether making a charity record, restoring a youth club or, as the titles so memorably had it, building a bridge for some hedgehogs to cross the road. To go about this she had a brick-like mobile phone to cadge favours on (“P-L-Y wood? Oh, plywood!”), a snazzy buggy and a huge juggernaut with a full-size kitchen and bedroom we always wanted to stay the night in. Also great was the way she used to forever have to turn up on WOGAN or on Simon Bates’s Radio 1 show to ask the public to join in. Challenge purists, of whom we would count ourselves, would suggest it went down the dumper when they started revealing the challenges in advance in the Radio Times, where once they were sworn to secrecy. Still, it kept its fantastic theme throughout, including the sad slow version when things went wrong, so it can’t have been all bad.