First Class (game show)
|Presented by||Debbie Greenwood|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||30 minutes|
First Class was a 1980s BBC TV game show hosted by Debbie Greenwood. The show was broadcast on Friday evenings on BBC 1 and ran for at least three series. Two teams of three students (each team representing a particular school) would take part in a multi-format quiz featuring questions on both general knowledge and popular culture, as well as innovative video game rounds. Rounds such as the "Spinning Gold Disc" made use of a simulated computer display similar to other game shows of the same era, such as Blockbusters and Catchphrase. Other rounds such as "Word of Mouth" used a real computer display from a BBC Micro. This computer also provided the on-screen captions and scores and was nicknamed Eugene, after the show's original programmer Eugene Crozier.
The competition was a knockout tournament; the eventual winners of the series would be presented with a computer (usually a BBC Master) for their school. Celebrity episodes of the show were also aired, featuring cast members from Grange Hill and EastEnders.
First Class was notable for its use of video games; such footage (of arcade games in particular) was a rarely seen on UK television at the time and the show aired several years before GamesMaster. The designated contestant from each team would earn points by beating the other player's score; rounds would be either turn-based and head-to-head depending on the game / event. The games were often referred to by their events as opposed to their titles, for example the "spring and vault" round or the "clay pigeon shooting".
Arcade games featured
- Track & Field (100 metres and hurdles events)
- Hyper Sports (Freestyle swimming, skeet shooting and vaulting horse events)
- Series 1: 15 editions from 8 January 1986 – 6 March 1986
- Series 2: 15 editions from 7 January 1987 – 25 February 1987
- Series 3: 25 editions from 6 February 1988 – 20 August 1988
- Celebrity Special 1: 26 February 1987
- Celebrity Special 2: 21 August 1988
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