Celebrity Squares

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Celebrity Squares
Celebrity Squares.jpg
Genre Comedy panel game
Created by Merrill Heatter
Bob Quigley
Written by Les Keen (2014–15)
David Reilly (2014–15)
Aiden Spackman (2014–15)
Directed by Richard Van't Riet (2014–15)
Presented by Bob Monkhouse (1975–79; 1993–97)
Warwick Davis (2014–15)
Voices of Kenny Everett (1975–79)
Nick Jackson (1993–97)
Theme music composer Jack Parnell (1975–79)
Rick Turk (1993–97)
Invader Plus (2014-15)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4 (ATV)
3 (Central)
2 (Revival)
No. of episodes 138 (ATV)
57 (Central)
15 (Revival)
Production
Executive producer(s) Abigail Adams (2014–15)
Tony Moulsdale (2014–15)
Robert Massie (2014–15)
Producer(s) Roisin Jones (2014–15)
Niki Xenophontos (2014–15)
Location(s) ATV Elstree (1975–9)
East Midlands Television Centre (1993–7)
The London Studios (2014–15)
Editor(s) Michael Marden (2014–15)
Running time 40 minutes (ATV)
30 minutes (Central)
60 minutes (2014)
45 minutes (2015)
Production company(s) ATV (1975–9)
Central with Reg Grundy Productions (1993–7)
September Films and GroupM Entertainment (2014–15)
Distributor ITV Studios
DCD Rights
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1975–9; 1993–7)
16:9 (2014–15)
Original release 20 July 1975 (1975-07-20) – 7 June 2015 (2015-06-07)
Chronology
Related shows Hollywood Squares

Celebrity Squares is a British comedy game show based on the American comedy game show Hollywood Squares. It first ran from 20 July 1975 to 7 July 1979 and was hosted by Bob Monkhouse, then from 8 January 1993 to 3 January 1997 and was also hosted by Monkhouse.

On 10 September 2014, a revival of the show produced by September Films and GroupM Entertainment debuted on ITV, hosted by Warwick Davis.[1] On 13 November 2015, DCD Media confirmed that the show had been axed.[2]

Format[edit]

The show is based on noughts and crosses. Inside each box is a celebrity. The host asks a celebrity a question, and if the contestant can correctly predict whether the celebrity got that question correct or wrong, then they'll win that square and a money value. If the contestant's prediction is wrong, the opposing contestant wins the square and no money is won. However, if the round is at game point, the opponent must put their nought or cross in the square themselves. If they get three in row vertically, horizontally, diagonally or five in total, then they'll win the round. Regular celebrities featured often with Willie Rushton occupying the centre square for the majority of editions. Pat Coombs was another regular participant and she and Monkhouse developed an ongoing repartee based on her response 'Hello Bobby' to his 'Hello Patty'.

In the ATV run, each square and game was worth £10. In rounds two, four & five, one celebrity was designated as a "secret square". Contestants who picked this square and got the corresponding question right won a special prize, usually either a holiday or a weekend break to a location in Europe.

In the Central and Reg Grundy Productions era of the show, each square in the first two rounds was worth £10 and winning a round was worth an extra £50. Also in this version, round two was the "secret square" round. For each round that neither player chose the secret square, the prize would be carried over to the next round, and the secret square would be re-positioned to a different celebrity.

In the current version, each square in the first two rounds was worth £50 and winning a round was worth an extra £500. Also in this version, round two (and round four in 2014) was a "Mystery Square" round.

The ATV editions contained a segment where the public sent in questions for Monkhouse to answer, posed by the squares; if he can't answer them correctly, the writer earns £5, but if he can, he earns £10 for each and at the end of the round, it goes off to a member of the public in need of assistance.

In the second part of the show in the Central and Reg Grundy Productions era, the prize value doubled in round three to £20 a square and £100 for a winning round. If there was enough time for a fourth round, the money was doubled again to £40 a square and £200 for a winning round. In the fifth game on the 2014 series and the third game on the 2015 series, the prizes were £100 a square and £1000 for the win. When exactly one minute of game play was left, a buzzer would sound, and the rest of the round currently in progress would be turned into a speed round, by getting through the questions at a much quicker pace. At the end of the penultimate round, the contestant with the most money went into the final round.

In the final round, the contestant was given one question and had to give nine correct answers within 30 seconds. If the contestant did so, they win a star prize.

In the ATV version, the winning contestant had a choice of playing for an additional £100, or risking their money and Secret Square prizes for a chance to augment their cash winnings to £1000. Failure to win the extra £100 earned £5 for each correct answer; going for the £1000 and losing earned nothing extra.

In the Central version, winning the final round allowed the player to randomly choose of one of five cars on display. If a player lit seven or eight squares, their cash winnings were doubled as a consolation. From the second series in 1994, the choice of their car was selected prior to the final round and they got a pick of three different categories for their question. The five cars on offer for the star prize changed from series to series, but typically consisted of either a 4x4 Sports, Cabriolet, Mini, Saloon, and a Coupe. In the Warwick Davis version, a cash prize of £20,000 is played for in the final with £1,000 per square. In the second series, it was increased to £25,000 in the jackpot round.

Transmissions[edit]

ATV[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 20 July 1975 28 March 1976 38
2 5 September 1976 9 July 1977 44
3 31 December 1977 15 July 1978 28
4 23 December 1978 7 July 1979 28

According to the BBC Four documentary The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse, nearly every single one of the 138 episodes of the ATV era has been wiped from the archives but Monkhouse saved 40 episodes in his video cassette collection.[3]

Central and Reg Grundy Productions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 8 January 1993 7 May 1993 18
2 7 January 1994 27 August 1994 17
3 2 June 1995 3 January 1997 22

September Films and GroupM Entertainment[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 10 September 2014 15 October 2014 6
2 19 April 2015 7 June 2015 8

Specials[edit]

Date Special
20 December 2014 Christmas Special

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