Jungle Run

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Jungle Run
JungleRun.jpg
Genre Children's Game show
Created by Lesley Oakden
Presented by Dominic Wood (1999–2000)
Chris Jarvis (2001–02)
Michael Underwood (2003–06)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 99 (inc. 7 specials)
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Picture format 4:3: SDTV (1999–2000)
16:9: HDTV (2001–06)
Original release 10 September 1999 (1999-09-10) – 29 November 2006 (2006-11-29)
Chronology
Related shows Fort Boyard
The Crystal Maze
Naked Jungle

Jungle Run is a British children's television series which aired on CITV as part of the ITV network from 10 September 1999 to 29 November 2006. It was a game show similar to Fort Boyard and The Crystal Maze. The show has had three presenters, referred to as the "Jungle Guide": Dominic Wood from 1999 to 2000, Chris Jarvis from 2001 to 2002 and Michael Underwood from 2003 to 2006.

Format[edit]

A team of children complete five challenges in the jungle (four for the celebrity guests). Originally, bananas win them time in the final challenge. In later series, these are replaced with silver monkey statues which give them ten seconds of time inside the Temple of the Jungle King; in each episode, there is a golden banana worth more bananas or a ruby monkey worth twenty seconds.

Jungle Run was recorded at the disused air base: RAF Newton, near Nottingham.[citation needed]

Gameplay[edit]

Challenges took place in a variety of locations. Some were swamps or waterfalls; others were obstacle courses or mazes, and some were just places out in the open. The same location could be used for multiple challenges, but each task could only be played in one place.

Usually, four or five statues were available in each of the challenges. Occasionally, members of the team could be trapped by running out of time in an obstacle course or failing to complete a game involving cages; the rest of the team would then decide if they wanted to pay two statues to release them, or leave without them. In some games, Sid and Elvis (a pair of monkeys) would try to distract contestants by throwing coconuts or other objects in their direction.

Games took approximately two to three minutes each, and included challenges such as:

  • Capturing statues while going down a zipwire.
  • Discovering bananas/statues in a maze or obstacle course; usually one member of the team would complete the course while others would provide assistance by using tools on the other side of the wall, or provision of guidance from above.
  • Collecting bananas/statues hanging above a swamp, using lilypads or a bridge.
  • Climbing up a wall and collecting bananas/statues hidden in ridges.
  • Diving underwater to get statues hidden in treasure chests.
  • Filling shrines with water, so statues would float within reach.
  • Using bamboo poles to hook baskets containing statues.
  • Finding and using a series of keys to unlock cages where contestants were imprisoned. (Statues were released by using the same keys in a machine.)
  • Remembering pairs of symbols on a board, and matching the symbols to win bananas/statues.

The Temple of the Jungle King[edit]

The final challenge involves contestants making their way through the Temple of the Jungle King, their time inside varying based on the number of bananas/statues collected. Inside the temple is a series of rooms each containing a large monkey statue. Once the challenge in each chamber is completed, the door to the next room opens. In the first few episodes, teams would only win one prize (based on the chamber they advanced to), but following this, teams won one prize per chamber completed. There were four challenges and one statue for each chamber: Stone, Bronze, Silver and the Golden Monkey.

When a team has only 10/20 seconds left (depending on the series), a warning sound (such as a chimp screaming) would be heard, signalling that they should make their way out of the temple. If some members or the entire team fail to get out in time, those people are locked in the temple and they receive no prizes other than a monkey teddy, regardless of tasks completed.

Challenges could involve:

  • Getting a ball in a hole by lifting up and rotating a maze.
  • Completing a jigsaw.
  • Each contestant matching their hands and feet to the correct symbols.
  • Solving an abacus puzzle.
  • Turning cogs.
  • Getting across a pit without touching the sand.
  • Spelling the solution to a riddle by standing on the right tiles.

Transmissions[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Host
1 10 September 1999 3 December 1999 13 Dominic Wood
2 6 September 2000 29 November 2000 13
3 22 September 2001 24 November 2001 10 Chris Jarvis
4 3 September 2002 5 November 2002 10
5 9 September 2003 2 December 2003 13 Michael Underwood
6 7 September 2004 16 November 2004 11
7 27 September 2005 6 December 2005 11
8 18 September 2006 27 November 2006 11

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
1 1 "Episode 1" 10 September 1999
2 2 "Episode 2" 17 September 1999
3 3 "Episode 3" 24 September 1999
4 4 "Episode 4" 1 October 1999
5 5 "Episode 5" 8 October 1999
6 6 "Episode 6" 15 October 1999
7 7 "Episode 7" 22 October 1999
8 8 "Episode 8" 29 October 1999
9 9 "Episode 9" 5 November 1999
10 10 "Episode 10" 12 November 1999
11 11 "Episode 11" 19 November 1999
12 12 "Episode 12" 26 November 1999
13 13 "Episode 13" 3 December 1999

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
14 1 "Episode 1" 6 September 2000
15 2 "Episode 2" 13 September 2000
16 3 "Episode 3" 20 September 2000
17 4 "Episode 4" 27 September 2000
18 5 "Episode 5" 4 October 2000
19 6 "Episode 6" 11 October 2000
20 7 "Episode 7" 18 October 2000
21 8 "Episode 8" 25 October 2000
22 9 "Episode 9" 1 November 2000
23 10 "Episode 10" 8 November 2000
24 11 "Episode 11" 15 November 2000
25 12 "Episode 12" 22 November 2000
26 13 "Episode 13" 29 November 2000

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
27 1 "Episode 1" 22 September 2001
28 2 "Episode 2" 29 September 2001
29 3 "Episode 3" 6 October 2001
30 4 "Episode 4" 13 October 2001
31 5 "Episode 5" 20 October 2001
32 6 "Episode 6" 27 October 2001
33 7 "Episode 7" 3 November 2001
34 8 "Episode 8" 10 November 2001
35 9 "Episode 9" 17 November 2001
36 10 "Episode 10" 24 November 2001

Season 4 (2002)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
37 1 "Episode 1" 3 September 2002
38 2 "Episode 2" 10 September 2002
39 3 "Episode 3" 17 September 2002
40 4 "Episode 4" 24 September 2002
41 5 "Episode 5" 1 October 2002
42 6 "Episode 6" 8 October 2002
43 7 "Episode 7" 15 October 2002
44 8 "Episode 8" 22 October 2002
45 9 "Episode 9" 29 October 2002
46 10 "Episode 10" 5 November 2002

Season 5 (2003)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
47 1 "Episode 1" 9 September 2003
48 2 "Episode 2" 16 September 2003
49 3 "Episode 3" 23 September 2003
50 4 "Episode 4" 30 September 2003
51 5 "Episode 5" 7 October 2003
52 6 "Episode 6" 14 October 2003
53 7 "Episode 7" 21 October 2003
54 8 "Episode 8" 28 October 2003
55 9 "Episode 9" 4 November 2003
56 10 "Episode 10" 11 November 2003
57 11 "Episode 11" 18 November 2003
58 12 "Episode 12" 25 November 2003
59 13 "Episode 13" 2 December 2003

Season 6 (2004)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
60 1 "Episode 1" 7 September 2004
61 2 "Episode 2" 14 September 2004
62 3 "Episode 3" 21 September 2004
63 4 "Episode 4" 28 September 2004
64 5 "Episode 5" 5 October 2004
65 6 "Episode 6" 12 October 2004
66 7 "Episode 7" 19 October 2004
67 8 "Episode 8" 26 October 2004
68 9 "Episode 9" 2 November 2004
69 10 "Episode 10" 9 November 2004
70 11 "Episode 11" 16 November 2004

Season 7 (2005)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
71 1 "Episode 1" 27 September 2005
72 2 "Episode 2" 4 October 2005
73 3 "Episode 3" 11 October 2005
74 4 "Episode 4" 18 October 2005
75 5 "Episode 5" 25 October 2005
76 6 "Episode 6" 1 November 2005
77 7 "Episode 7" 8 November 2005
78 8 "Episode 8" 15 November 2005
79 9 "Episode 9" 22 November 2005
80 10 "Episode 10" 29 November 2005
81 11 "Episode 11" 6 December 2005

Season 8 (2006)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original Airdate
82 1 "Episode 1" 18 September 2006
83 2 "Episode 2" 25 September 2006
84 3 "Episode 3" 2 October 2006
85 4 "Episode 4" 9 October 2006
86 5 "Episode 5" 16 October 2006
87 6 "Episode 6" 23 October 2006
88 7 "Episode 7" 30 October 2006
89 8 "Episode 8" 6 November 2006
90 9 "Episode 9" 13 November 2006
91 10 "Episode 10" 20 November 2006
92 11 "Episode 11" 27 November 2006

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle Host
9 December 2003 Christmas Special Michael Underwood
23 November 2004 CITV Special
30 November 2004 Coronation Street Special
1 November 2005 Coronation Street Special
13 December 2005 My Parents Are Aliens Special
26 October 2006 Olympians Special
22 November 2006 Emmerdale Special

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