Al Murray's Compete for the Meat

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Al Murray's Compete for the Meat
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Genre Game show
Presented by Al Murray
Starring Zöe Salmon
Voices of Jim Rosenthal
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Location(s) BBC Television Centre
Running time 45 minutes approx
Production company(s) Avalon Television
Distributor UK Gold Services Ltd.
Original network Dave
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 19 May (2011-05-19) – 7 July 2011 (2011-07-07)

Al Murray's Compete for the Meat (sometimes promoted as just Compete for the Meat) is a British comedy quiz show, where the contestants compete for a frozen chicken, while the second placed team gets sausages. It was hosted by comedian Al Murray in his guise as The Pub Landlord, and co-hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Zöe Salmon. The first episode was shown on Dave, on 19 May 2011 at 9:00pm.[1]


There are four teams, who each have three people on them: plus a celebrity team, whose points would go to one of the teams of the celebrities' choice just before the final round.

The first round had questions on six topics. For getting a question correct, the team get five points, and for getting an answer "close enough" to the right answer they get 3 points. The losing team get sent to the "Sin Bin", and 3 new competitors are selected from the audience.

The second round is similar to the first round, apart from the team who loses, one of the competitors play the "Last Chance Saloon". The loser of the "Last Chance Saloon" gets sent to the "Sin Bin", while the winner joined the competitors.

The third round is a "On the Buzzer" round. The team with the most points at the end wins the frozen chicken.[2]


No. Airdate Celebrity guests
1 19 May 2011 Dominic Littlewood, Olivia Lee, Peter Shilton
2 26 May 2011 Stuart Baggs, Raef Bjayou, James McQuillan
3 2 June 2011 Kris Akabusi, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn
4 9 June 2011 Amanda Lamb, Paul McKenna, Tiff Needell
5 16 June 2011 Caprice Bourret, Phil Daniels, Aldo Zilli
6 23 June 2011 Emily Atack, Sarah Jayne Dunn, Martin Offiah
7 30 June 2011 Angellica Bell, Michael Underwood, Antony Worrall Thompson
8 7 July 2011 TBC


Compete for the Meat received mixed reviews from critics. The Metro's Keith Watson said it was, "a waste of a good title" and, "was familiar ground for the Pub Landlord but it wasn't that funny the first time".[3] On the Box's Alasdair Morton said, "Compete for the Meat is diverting, bizarre and broad enough to entertain, and Dave material through-and-through" and, "It’s an intentional throwback to the gameshows and quizzes of yesteryear, with its meat-based prizes, matey team line-ups and Debbie McGee-esque support acts, only skewed through the Al Murray blender".[4]


  1. ^ Al Murray's Compete For The Meat – Dave Chat Show – British Comedy Guide. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  2. ^ Al Murray’s Compete For The Meat : Dave. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ Al Murray’s Compete For The Meat, series 1, episode 1: TV review. (2011-05-19). Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ Al Murray’s Compete For Meat Review: Points For Poultry. (2011-05-19). Retrieved on 2011-05-25.

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