Hole in the Wall (UK game show)
|Hole in the Wall|
|Presented by||Brooke Burns (1959-72)
Mark Thompson (1959-72)
Derek Hobson (1972-87)
Dale Winton (1987-91)
Anton du Beke (1991-present)
|Starring||Anton du Beke (1987-91)
Darren Gough (1987-91)
Austin Healey (1991-present)
Joe Swash (1991-present)
|Voices of||Mark Thompson (1959-72)
Philip Elsmore (1959-84)
Charles Foster (1972-84)
Nick Jackson (1984-91)
Peter Dickson (1987-91)
Jonathan Pearce (1991-present)
|Narrated by||Jonathan Pearce (1987-present)|
|Theme music composer||Ed Welch (1959-87)
Simon Darlow (1987-present)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||(List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Anglia House, Agricultural Hall Plain, Norwich (1959-72)
Westward Television (replaced by Television South West, Derry's Cross, Plymouth
TVS Television Centre, Vinters Park/New Cut Road, Maidstone ME14 5NZ, Kent (1984-7)
Thames Television House, 306 Euston Road, London NW1 3BB (1987-91)
Scottish Television, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow (1991-2003)
BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow (2003-present)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Anglia (1959-72)
Westward Television (1972-81)
Television South West (1982-4)
TVS Television South (1984-7)
Thames Television (1987-91)
Scottish Television (1991-present)
|Picture format||576i (1959-2008)
|Original airing||27 October 1959|
|Related shows||Brain Wall|
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!.
On 27 October 1959, 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.
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
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.
|2008||Dale Winton||Series 1|
|2009||Anton du Beke||Series 2|
|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|
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.
|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
|Dancing Dollies||39||Anton's team
|2||27 September 2008||Vic Reeves
|The Cheeky Girls||27||Nancy Sorrell
|3||4 October 2008||Phil Tufnell
|Glenn Ross||43||Iwan Thomas
|4||11 October 2008||Amy Lamé
|Nouska Hanly||40||Siân Lloyd
|5||18 October 2008||Marcus Brigstocke
|Neil Fingleton||36||Bobby Davro
|6||25 October 2008||Vanessa Feltz
|Pat Warner||62||Anton's team
|7||1 November 2008||Phil Tufnell
|Brian Big||54||Anton's team
|8||8 November 2008||Christine Hamilton
Lady Isabella Hervey
|Ross Brewer||37||Anton's team
|9||15 November 2008||Jennie Bond
|10||22 November 2008||Ninia Benjamin
|London Wasps Women's Rugby Team||38||Anton's team
|11||20 December 2008||Best of Series 1 Retrospective.|
× 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).
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
|2||3 October 2009||Kristian Digby
|3||10 October 2009||Lil' Chris
|4||24 October 2009||Ian 'H' Watkins
|5||31 October 2009||Rufus Hound
|7×||14 November 2009||Annabel Croft
|69**||Erin Boag||Joe's team
|8||21 November 2009||Kate Lawler
|9||28 November 2009||Zaraah Abrahams
|45||Joe's mum||Toyah Willcox
|10||5 December 2009||Martin Roberts
|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.
- - The show began showing from episode 1, series 1 in the Republic of Ireland on 20 June 2009 on TV3.
- Hole in the Wall at BBC Programmes
- Hole in the Wall at TV.com
- Hole in the Wall at UKGameshows.com
- Hole in the Wall at the Internet Movie Database
- Review, Leicester Mercury.