Finders Keepers (1981 British game show)

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Finders Keepers
BBC-Finders-Keepers-Logo.jpg
GenreChildren's Game show
Presented byRichard Stilgoe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes42
Production
Running time25 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC1
Picture format4:3
Original release13 February 1981 (1981-02-13) –
1 March 1985 (1985-03-01)

Finders Keepers is a British children's game show television series that aired on BBC1 from 13 February 1981 to 1 March 1985, hosted by Richard Stilgoe.

Format[edit]

The show combined a quiz element with a computerised version of the game Battleships. Two teams of three primary school-aged pupils would compete against each other.[1] On scoring a "hit" at the Battleships game, the team had to answer a question to gain the associated points.[1]

Theme[edit]

The show was also notable for host Richard Stilgoe playing the theme on a synthesiser live in the studio at the beginning,[2] as well as the use of the phonetic alphabet to indicate the square on the battleship grid.[2]

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 13 February 1981[3] 3 April 1981[4] 8
2 19 February 1982[5] 2 April 1982[6] 7
3 25 February 1983[7] 1 April 1983[8] 6
4 9 January 1984[9] 26 March 1984[10] 12
5 4 January 1985[11] 1 March 1985[12] 9

28 out of 42 episodes survived from the BBC archives, which are Episodes 1 & 4 of Series 1, Episodes 1-2 & 4 of Series 2, Episodes 1 & 4-6 of Series 3, Episodes 1-6, 8 & 10-12 of Series 4 and all 9 episodes of Series 5.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Finders Keepers on Sausagenet - Access Date 25 April 2018
  2. ^ a b Finders Keepers on UK Game Shows
  3. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 13 February 1981". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 3 April 1981". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 19 February 1982". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 2 April 1982". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 25 February 1983". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 1 April 1983". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 9 January 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 26 March 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 4 January 1985". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Finders Keepers - BBC One London - 1 March 1985". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.lostshows.com/default.aspx?programme=6bd8abf3-2101-4d2d-8c97-62e2999a2cfe

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