Hole in the Wall (UK game show)

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Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall (UK game show) logo.png
Presented by Dale Winton (2010)
Anton du Beke (2011)
Starring Anton du Beke (2010)
Austin Healey (2010-11)
Joe Swash (2011)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Scotland (2010-11)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format
1080i (2009-present)
Chronology
Related shows Brain Wall
External links
Official website

Hole in the Wall was a game show that airs on BBC One in the United Kingdom. This game is an adaptation of the Japanese game Brain Wall (also known as "Human Tetris") in which, players must contort themselves to fit through cutout holes of varying shapes in a large polystyrene wall moving towards them as they stand in front of a swimming pool. Each week, two teams of television personalities compete for £10,000 in prize money to be donated to their chosen charity.

Derek Hobson replaces Dale Winton served as the original host while Strictly Come Dancing ballroom dancer Anton du Beke and former international cricketer Darren Gough were the team captains for the first series. Additionally, Jonathan Pearce comments on the replays and Nick Jackson replaces Peter Dickson provides the opening voice-over. The wall is activated by the presenter shouting Bring on the wall!.[1]

On 27 October 2009, the Anglia announced that the show had been commissioned for BBC One. A second series was confirmed, with Anton du Beke giving up his captain role to take over from Dale Winton as host, and new team captains in the shape of former rugby player Austin Healey and actor Joe Swash. Anton du Beke has announced he may be a guest as well as hosting on the last show of the series.[2]

Format[edit]

The game is split into four rounds as well as the final "Great Wall".

The first round is "Solo Wall" which sees each team's guest players take a turn to face a wall just on their own. For each wall, 10 points is given to the player for a pass while a fail can be given up to 5 points depending on the host's whim.

Next is the "Captain's Challenge" or "Captain's Mate" which can be one of a number of games:

  • Doubles - The captain and a chosen team mate of his choosing (usually, the one they are encouraged to do so by the studio audience) both attempt a wall. A maximum of 20 points is on offer.
  • Props - The captain must complete the wall with a prop. This round made its first appearance when Anton Du Beke successfully cleared a wall on a space hopper.
  • Mirror Wall - The captain must attempt a wall backwards (facing the swimming pool) leaving his two team-mates communicate to him about the shape he needs to make.
  • Blind Wall - The captain is blindfolded and his team members have to instruct to him the shape he needs to make.

The third round is "Mystery Guest or Killer Question", the team leading being offered the choice which game they wish to play and the currently losing team playing the other challenge. A maximum of 20 points is on offer.

  • Killer Question - Two players face a wall without cut-outs with a question written at the top and two answers marked as doors. The "door" with the correct answer on it, is perforated on the reverse side and so gives way. The players must pass through the correct door.
  • Mystery Guest - One of the team attempts a wall with a mystery guest (or several).

The fourth round is the "Team Wall". All three players face the wall with a maximum of 30 points on offer.

The programme's finale is the "Mega Wall". The leading team gets to choose to attempt the wall or nominate the opposition. All three players on the team attempt the wall, which travels at double speed - if they clear the wall, they win the show (and the £10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice), while if they fail, the opposing team wins.

Hole in the wall uses a specialised crane made by Street Crane Company of Chapel-en-le-Frith to move the wall.

Series 2 changes[edit]

Series 2, which started on 26 September 2009, contains all new challenges. Solo Wall returns with the Captain's Challenge changing its name to Captain's Mate, as now the captains have to be blindfolded. The Mystery Guest section was eliminated (although, it has made appearances in Anton's Twist). Killer Question is now named Wonder Wall, and a new challenge named Anton's Twist débuts. Team Wall also returns, while the Mega Wall has been renamed the Great Wall.

Hosts[edit]

Years Host Series
2008 Dale Winton Series 1
2009 Anton du Beke Series 2

Captains[edit]

Years Captain Team Series
2008 Anton du Beke Red Team Series 1
2008 Darren Gough Blue Team Series 1
2009 Joe Swash Red Team Series 2
2009 Austin Healey Blue Team Series 2

Production[edit]

Series 1 was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London, with series 2 seeing the show relocating to BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow as part of an out-of-London production plan. For series 2, the show was also shot in high-definition.[3]

Episode guide[edit]

     -- Won by red team (Anton du Beke/Joe Swash)
     -- Won by blue team (Darren Gough/Austin Healey)

Series 1[edit]

Episode Original airdate Anton's team Mystery guest(s) Points Darren's team Mystery guest(s) Points Mega wall
1 20 September 2008 Dave Myers
Zöe Salmon
- 49 Andi Peters
Sherrie Hewson
Dancing Dollies 39 Anton's team
pass
2 27 September 2008 Vic Reeves
Vanessa Feltz
The Cheeky Girls 27 Nancy Sorrell
DJ Spoony
- 22 Darren's team
fail
3 4 October 2008 Phil Tufnell
Nell McAndrew
Glenn Ross 43 Iwan Thomas
Josie D'Arby
- 42 Anton's team
fail
4 11 October 2008 Amy Lamé
Sam Nixon
Nouska Hanly 40 Siân Lloyd
Mark Rhodes
- 43 Anton's team
pass
5 18 October 2008 Marcus Brigstocke
Sarah Cawood
Neil Fingleton 36 Bobby Davro
Michelle Heaton*
- 43 Darren's team
pass
6 25 October 2008 Vanessa Feltz
Joe Swash
- 39 Alex Wotherspoon
Angellica Bell
Pat Warner 62 Anton's team
fail
7 1 November 2008 Phil Tufnell
Nancy Lam
- 49 Carrie Grant
Tony Marshall
Brian Big 54 Anton's team
pass
8 8 November 2008 Christine Hamilton
Martin Offiah
- 47 Neil Hamilton
Lady Isabella Hervey
Ross Brewer 37 Anton's team
pass
9 15 November 2008 Jennie Bond
Rav Wilding
- 32 David Spinx
Emma Rigby
- 33 Darren's team
pass
10 22 November 2008 Ninia Benjamin
Dominic Littlewood
- 39× Cleo Rocos
Scott Mills
London Wasps Women's Rugby Team 38 Anton's team
fail
11 20 December 2008 Best of Series 1 Retrospective.

* In episode 5, Michelle Heaton managed to remain dry by not failing a task but this resulted in team mates Darren Gough and Bobby Davro pushing her into the water.

× In episode 10, Anton's team were deducted two points for cheating (shouting an incorrect call) during Darren's Captains Challenge (Darren being blind folded).

Series 2[edit]

This series started on 26 September 2009, presented by Anton du Beke.

Episode Original airdate Joe's team Points Mystery guest(s) Austin's team Points Mystery guest(s) Great wall
1 26 September 2009 Comedy Dave
Anne Diamond
35 - Sophie Anderton
John Altman
50 - Austin's team
fail
2 3 October 2009 Kristian Digby
Alison Hammond
65 - Graham Cole
Gemma Merna
27 - Austin's team
fail
3 10 October 2009 Lil' Chris
Kelly Dalglish
27 - Matthew Chambers
Gemma Bissix
44 - Austin's team
pass
4 24 October 2009 Ian 'H' Watkins
Linda Lusardi
80* - Ricky Groves
Abi Titmuss
65 - Joe's team
fail
5 31 October 2009 Rufus Hound
Ninia Benjamin
48 - Dennis Taylor
Jessica Taylor
(no relation)
82 - Joe's team
fail
14 November 2009 Annabel Croft
Sam Nixon
70 - Beth Tweddle
Mark Rhodes
69** Erin Boag Joe's team
fail
8 21 November 2009 Kate Lawler
Jonathan Ansell
45 - John Partridge
Siân Reeves
85*** - Austin's team
fail
9 28 November 2009 Zaraah Abrahams
Simon Rimmer
45 Joe's mum Toyah Willcox
Barney Harwood
77 - Austin's team
pass
10 5 December 2009 Martin Roberts
Verity Rushworth
39 - Ben Clarke
Caprice
85 - Austin's team
fail
11 12 December 2009 Best of Series 2 Retrospective

* In episode 4, Joe's team were deducted ten points because, Joe attempted to push Ricky Groves into the water as Ricky was struggling to stay on his feet after going through Team Wall.

** In episode 7, Austin bounced a ball on Anton's head, and then, he admitted it was meant to bounce on Joe's head, which because of that, 1 point was deducted.

*** In episode 8, Austin's team were deducted 10 points because Austin pushed Jonathan into the pool when he was helping Kate and Joe go through Wonder Wall.

× Due to an emergency political broadcast, Episode 6 was not broadcast. It is not known if or when this episode will ever be shown. It was to involve Danielle Lloyd and Mark Foster playing for Joe and Debbie McGee and Ben James-Ellis playing for Austin.[4]

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