Connections (game show)

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Presented by Sue Robbie (1985–88)
Richard Madeley Peak time (1988-89)
Simon Potter (1989-90)
Voices of Charles Foster
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
Running time 30mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Granada Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 13 May 1985 (1985-05-13) – 6 June 1990 (1990-06-06)

Connections is a British television game show. It was produced by Granada Television and aired on the ITV network from 1985 to 1990.


The show was originally presented by Sue Robbie, with young adults as contestants, in a similar vein to another ITV quiz, Blockbusters, with which the show was alternated. The programme ran for several series, and another version with adult contestants was unveiled with Richard Madeley at the helm as part of ITV's new look daytime schedule in 1988. Simon Potter presented the final two series in 1989 and 1990. During the Richard Madeley period, a year after becoming the first female Krypton Factor champion, Marian Chanter co-hosted in a segment in which she would appear somewhere in the UK and viewers had to phone in and guess the person connected with that particular area based on clues given.


The game involved two contestants (three in the final series in 1990) trying to make connections by virtue of clues given by the host.

Connect the Clues[edit]

Contestants were asked general knowledge questions, which they could answer by buzzing in. Each correct answer would earn the contestant points and reveal a picture clue on a 3×3 gameboard (which in later series became a board of 10 screens). The contestant who gave a correct answer would then have an opportunity to guess the connection between the pictures. When the connection has been identified, the contestant who identified it wins bonus points (the fewer clues are revealed, the more points) and the round ends.

Find the Figure[edit]

Again, general knowledge questions are asked on the buzzer. But this time, a correct answer reveals either a number or a mathematical symbol; once eight questions have been answered a sum goes in a clockwise direction around the board, ending with an equals (=) sign. The contestants are then asked (again on the buzzer) for the answer to the sum, which is then revealed in the centre square.

Bonus games[edit]

Typically, three rounds were played between the two contestants - Connect the Clues, Find the Figure and then a second Connect the Clues round. After these rounds have been played, the winner would play a solo bonus game.

Link the Letters[edit]

This was the original bonus game. The contestant is given 50 seconds to answer eight questions. Each correct answer would reveal a letter (the first letter of the answer) behind one of the screens. After the eight questions, the winning player has the remaining time to identify the 8-letter word, arranged clockwise starting from a random position, in order to win the round. If not all questions were answered correctly, some letters would be missing, thereby making it harder to the contestant to identify the word. This changed in a later version of the show by having the eight letters arranged in circular form[clarification needed], but still without revealing where it actually started. Solving the 8-letter word won a grand prize. A contestant was allowed to compete in up to four "Link The Letters" rounds before they 'retired' undefeated, although very few contestants ever achieved this feat.

Note: When Richard Madeley and Simon Potter took over, this bonus became the final round of the main game.[clarification needed]

The Final Connection[edit]

In later series, "Link the Letters" was dumped in favour of "The Final Connection" game. Now the winning player was given the first and last pictures on the board. The object was to connect the first picture to the last (with the help of three clues on each).

Consolation prizes[edit]

During the Sue Robbie era, the losing contestants went away with a Connections camera and the points that they scored were turned into cash and donated to a charity. When Richard Madeley took over as host, the consolation prize was changed to a goody bag; under Simon Potter, it was a pocket TV.


The show was broadcast by all the ITV companies, but was shown at different times:

Series Production dates Time slot Episodes
1 1985 Daytime 50
2 1986 Daytime 50
3 1987 Daytime 50
4 1988 Daytime 50
5 1988 Peak time 13
6 1989 Peak time 13
7 1989 Daytime 40
8 1990 Daytime 32

Peak Time Transmissions[edit]

Peak time series was broadcast:

  • 1988: Tuesday, 12–12 April July. All Areas except Scotland which broadcast it at a later date.
  • 1989: Tuesday, 14 March – 6 June. All Areas

Daytime Transmissions[edit]


  • Border, Central Television, Granada Television, HTV, Tyne Tees Television, Yorkshire Television and UTV: Broadcast 13 May - 19 July; Monday - Friday at 17.15pm:
  • Anglia Television, Grampian Television, Scottish Television, TVS,and Thames Television/LWT: 26 April - 24 July: Broadcast Wednesday - Saturdays at 17.15pm
  • TSW: 8 July - ??  : Monday, Friday and Saturday. No completed.


  • Border, Central Television, HTV, Tyne Tees Television, Yorkshire Television and UTV 3 March - 29 April: Monday - Friday 17.15
  • Thames Television/LWT, 3 March - 29 April: Broadcast on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat at 17.15.
  • Granada ?? - ?? Monday - Friday 17.15
  • Anglia Television, Grampian Television, Scottish Television, TVS: 3 May - 6 August . Broadcast Wednesday - Saturdays at 17.15pm
  • TSW: Early morning during the Summer holidays, Not fully Broadcast,


  • Border, Central Television, Granada Television, HTV, Thames Television/LWT, Tyne Tees Television, Yorkshire Television and UTV: Broadcast 24 January - 25 March Monday - Saturday 17.15.
  • Anglia Television, Grampian Television, Scottish Television and TVS; 17 April - 14 August; Broadcast Wednesday - Friday at 17.15


  • Anglia, Border, Central Television, Granada Television, HTV, Thames Television/LWT, Tyne Tees Television, TVS, Yorkshire Television and UTV: Broadcast Monday, 8 February - 9 April. Monday - Saturday 17.15
  • Grampian Television and Scottish Television; UNKNOWN:
  • TSW: 18 July - 16 September at 17.15 Monday - Friday.


  • All companies: Monday, 10 July, until Friday, 1 September 1989: Monday - Friday.


  • All companies: Tuesday, 15 May - Friday 6 July: Tuesday - Friday.


  • Series 1, 2, 3, 4 presented by Sue Robbie
  • Series 5 Presented by Richard Madeley
  • Series 6, 7 and 8 Presented by Simon Potter

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