Dick & Dom in da Bungalow

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Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow
Presented byRichard McCourt
Dominic Wood
StarringMelvin Odoom
Ian Kirkby
Dave Chapman
Lee Barnett
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5
No. of episodes254
Production
Running time180 minutes
(series 1 - 2)
120 minutes
(series 3 - 5)
60 minutes
(series 5, Sundays only)
Release
Original networkCBBC Channel
(31 August 2002 – 11 March 2006)
BBC One
(20 September 2003 – 17 December 2005)
BBC Two
(7 January – 11 March 2006)
Original release31 August 2002 (2002-08-31) –
11 March 2006 (2006-03-11)
Chronology
Related showsDick and Dom's Funny Business (2011)
Diddy Movies (2012-14)
Diddy TV (2016-present)

Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow is a CBBC entertainment television series presented by the duo Dick and Dom (Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood). The series was broadcast on weekend mornings on various BBC television channels for five series, running between 31 August 2002 and 11 March 2006.

Show format[edit]

Much of the programme revolved around a loose game show format involving six studio contestants (or Bungalow Heads). These were all children in Series 1–4, whilst in Series 5, five children and one celebrity were the contestants on the Saturday show, and five children and a special guest ranging from family members / friends, or the cast of the show in various outfits (such as Darth Vader, or Mr. Blobby) were contestants on the Sunday show. Points were earned through success in various games throughout the show, although points could be awarded or taken away at any time by the hosts. Although they threatened to do this, for example, when a particular child was being troublesome, this was mostly never carried out.

The first and second prizes were usually desirable items such as a TV or games console, but the third prize was always a 'booby prize' like a hubcap, a cake made of carpet, a hairy cheese, bottled water from the River Hull or a chocolate tea pot. At the very end, the Bungalow Head with the fewest points was gunged, sitting on the toilet - though for the last series this practice was largely dropped, possibly because the contestants were already covered in "creamy muck muck" during the finale round.

The show's games were interspersed with random features and cartoons.

During Series 1 to 4, the points total at the end of Saturday - with an extra prize for the winner on Saturday - was carried over to the Sunday show, and prizes were awarded at the end of that show.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 31 August 2002 28 December 2002 36
2 4 January 2003 28 June 2003 50
3 20 September 2003 10 April 2004 60
4 11 September 2004 12 March 2005 56
5 10 September 2005 11 March 2006 52

Controversy and criticism[edit]

In 2004 the programme was the subject of a reprimand by media watchdog Ofcom after a viewer complained that Dom's T-shirt with the slogan "Morning Wood" referred to a state of male sexual excitement (rather than "(good) Morning (Dominic) Wood").[1]

The show was further investigated for a second time in the same year by Ofcom, after a parent (whose son appeared as one of the show's 'Bungalowheads') complained that his son was "ridiculed" by the presenters and unfairly gunged after he lost a game. However, the complaint was rejected on the grounds that the boy's parents were already aware about the programme's format and had willingly given their consent for the boy to participate.[original research?]

The "Bogies" feature, a pre-recorded game where Dick and Dom took turns to shout "bogies" at gradually increasing volumes attracted some controversy outside of its target audience, mainly due to the public nature of the game and concerns over imitation by the show's young audience.[2]

On 17 January 2005 the programme was debated in parliament when Conservative MP Peter Luff attacked it for its "lavatorial" content.[3] Referring to the show's website, he invited Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to "join me in playing How Low Can You Bungalow, a test to see your response to grossly embarrassing personal situations, largely of a lavatorial nature; Pants Dancers in the Hall of Fame, photos of children with underwear on their heads; Make Dick Sick, a game which I think speaks for itself; and finally Bunged Up, in which you play a character in a sewage system avoiding turtles' poos coming from various lavatories". He added, "Is that really the stuff of public service broadcasting?"

Additionally, 40 people complained about the last episode of series 4. During the finale, Richard McCourt was seen to give birth to a countless number of babies, though they were dolls covered in "muck muck".[citation needed]

No celebrities allowed[edit]

The main rule of "da Bungalow" for most of its run was that there were no celebrities allowed, except for Comic Relief and the final series.

The lack of celebrity was symbolised in earlier series by the presence of a minor, and often somewhat cult, celebrity, locked up in a cage in the dungeon of the Bungalow. In later series, the celebrity would sit in the attic. In both cases they would say nothing and often do nothing. Some people who have been in the cage or the attic included Vince Earl, Sarah Greene, John Kettley, Hugo Myatt (as Treguard from ITV's Knightmare),[4] Su Pollard, Bodger and Badger, and Peter Simon.

For the final series, however, this rule was changed, and five Bungalow Heads were joined by a Celebrity Bungalow Head.

The first celebrity to enter the Bungalow was Rachel Stevens, who refused to take part in the show's Creamy Muck Muck finale, Muckversity Challenge.[5] Reports at the time suggested that the presenters have banned Stevens from any live broadcast they do in the future.

Spin-offs[edit]

Diddy Dick and Dom on CBBC[edit]

Short five-minute compilations of the Diddy Dick and Dom sketches were aired as filler programmes on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel after the programme's demise.

Da Dick and Dom Diaries[edit]

A new series of compilations began airing during weekday mornings on BBC2 from Monday 26 January to Friday 20 February 2009 featuring newly recorded material from the original cast and the creamy muck muck finale towards the end of each episode. Regular segments included:

  • Game or No Game in which Little Noely (a parody of Noel Edmonds played by Ian Kirkby who appeared in the Bungalow on two occasions) presents a parody of Deal or No Deal in order to determine whether or not a game will be shown or not. Little Noely invited viewers to pick one of two boxes. We are led to believe that if the "No Game" box is picked the show will end. If the "Game" box is picked the name of the game shown in the box is played.
  • Good Game Good Game Gamey Game Game in which parodies of Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly pick random cards each enlisting a game until a pair is found. The game which is the subject of the pair is subsequently shown, after "Bruce" says "What do we do with a pair?" and "Tess" says something like "Eat it!" (referring to the fruit). For some reason in this feature Tess Daly is just a mini spinning cardboard cut out which talks with a gruff northern accent.
  • Batt Files in which Harry Batt interrogates former Bungalow Heads and relives classic Bungalow moments. The Prize Idiot also features who we are now told is a Police Constable working for DI Batt.
  • Good Bungalows Go Bad - Melvin O Doom features in a sketch in which he relives some of his personal favourite Bungalow moments.

Notice the deliberate spelling mistake in the title (Dairies-Diaries), which is pointed out in the final episode of Da Dick and Dom Dairies.

Diddy TV[edit]

In 2016, another new series aired on CBBC which was a sketch show featuring parodies of various other programmes. It had 4 Series and in 2019 Diddy Dick and Dom had their own podcasts.

Revival[edit]

In 2016, producer Steve Ryde has stated that there may be a one-off special in the future.[6]

On 14 November 2019, Dick and Dom ran a poll on Twitter asking if viewers would be interested to see a revival of the show, except with adults as contestants.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OFCOM Programme Complaints Bulletin, 20 September 2004 Archived 30 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine regarding 'Morning Wood'.
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - BBC ends Dick and Dom's Bungalow".
  3. ^ Parliament debate, criticism by Peter Luff MP
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 May 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2005.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (11 September 2005). "Rachel Stevens angered by Dick and Dom". Digitalspy. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ Steve Ryde [@SteveRyde] (7 June 2016). "@BritishKidsTV Possibly a one off special. Watch this space, as they say" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Dominic Wood and Richard McCourt [@dickndom] (14 November 2019). "If you watched the bungalow back in the day and it came back but with adults as contestants.....would you still watch it?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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