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Now Get Out of That!

“MEANWHILE, THE Americans seem to be having a slight problem with the Land Rover…” Who can forget the less-than-dulcet tones of narrator BERNARD FALK, wryly sneering at a team of two male, two female sales reps struggling desperately to pull a large metal cannister out of a Welsh swamp using a jeep-mounted winch and a complex but crap system of improvised pulleys? Long before such activities became de rigeur for every corporate marketing department and Conservative opposition party, this series chronicling two teams (US v. UK, though originally it was an Oxford/Cambridge stude-athon) of bickering thirtysomethings on a weekend ordeal ranging across some godforsaken piece of remote British countryside was essential viewing on an early weekday evening. The overall objective of the whole thing (usually something to do with breaking into a mythical embassy and rescuing documents/ambassadors/microfilms etc.) was irrelevant; rather, the much-hyped by Falk sexual tension between the teammates (domineering/incompetent men, bolshy/frail women) was all. Both teams took the same route, and did the same challenges, on entirely different weekends, but Falk’s links (from his “office” in the comfy BBC) between the two (“meanwhile”, etc.) invited us to believe the action was all simultaneous. The swine!



  1. Dave Smith

    April 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Interesting fact. “Zeke”, the annoyingly-driven American student in the first season, is the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood uber-agent Ari. He’s now a healthcare policy expert and one of the architects of ObamaCare.

    • David Smith

      April 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Awesome trivia. Where’s the “Like” button? (PS this isn’t me replying to my own comment 😉)

  2. Glenn Aylett

    May 12, 2024 at 3:02 pm

    Just a thought, this predated all the outdoor reality shows like Survivor by 20 years and for all Now Get Out Of That wouldn’t have been called a reality show in 1982, it was a very early one and had the same idea: plonk a group of people in a strange location, form them into two teams and make them carry out difficult tasks and see what their personalities are like. I always wonder had Bernard Falk lived longer, he would have been asked to host a show like Castaway.

  3. Richardpd

    May 12, 2024 at 10:20 pm

    I remember Number 73 had a similar challenge as a pre-recorded insert where the cast had to solve tasks like winching a jeep out of a barn with a block & tackle.

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