Play the Game (Irish game show)

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Play the Game
Genre Game show
Presented by Ronan Collins
Starring Twink (1984-1994)
Brendan Grace (1984-1985)
Derek Davis (1986-1994)
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) RTÉ Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor RTÉ
Original network RTÉ 2
Original release 21 November 1984 (1984-11-21) – 9 April 1994 (1994-04-09)

Play The Game is an Irish televised game show version of charades which was broadcast by RTÉ from 1984 to 1994. The show was hosted by Ronan Collins and featured two teams, one captained by Twink and the other by Brendan Grace. Later versions of the programme had Derek Davis as captain of the men's team.[1]


The game was based on charades, a party game where players used mime rather than speaking to demonstrate a name, phrase, book, play, film or television programme. Each player was given roughly two minutes to act out their given subject in front of his/her team, and if the others were unsuccessful in guessing correctly, the opposing team would have a chance to answer for a bonus point.


  1. ^ "The worst Irish TV shows EVER!". Irish Independent. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012.