Runaround (UK game show)

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Runaround
Also known as Poparound (1985-6)
Genre Children's game show
Created by Merrill Heatter & Bob Quigley
Presented by Mike Reid (1975-6, 1978-81)
Leslie Crowther (1977)
Stan Boardman (1977-8)
Gary Crowley (Poparound)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 12 (Runaround)
2 (Poparound)
No. of episodes 100 (inc. 3 specials) (Runaround)
12 (Poparound)
Production
Running time 30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Southern Television (Runaround)
Central (Poparound)
Distributor Renown Pictures (Runaround)[1]
ITV Studios (Poparound)
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 2 September 1975 (1975-09-02) - 7 September 1981 (1981-09-07) (Runaround) –
19 June 1985 (1985-06-19) - 4 June 1986 (1986-06-04) (Poparound)
Chronology
Related shows Runaround (US version)

Runaround was produced by Southern Television for the ITV network between 2 September 1975 and 7 September 1981. It was much more successful than the original American version. The original host was comedian Mike Reid. In 1977 his place was taken by Leslie Crowther and Stan Boardman, before Reid returned in 1978. The ball in tube scoring was copied from the US version but with two colours; yellow worth one point for a correct answer and red worth two points for being the only contestant to choose the right answer. Metal Mickey made his screen debut on the British version of the show after being discovered by the show's in-vision researcher, Tim Edmunds. The series ended when Southern Television's franchise ended at the end of 1981.

A spin-off entitled Poparound was produced by Central and aired between 19 June 1985 and 4 June 1986 with Gary Crowley as the host.

Transmissions[edit]

Runaround[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 2 September 1975 7 October 1975 6
2 13 January 1976 24 February 1976 7
3 31 March 1976 5 May 1976 6
4 18 August 1976 29 September 1976 7
5 12 April 1977 12 July 1977 13
6 23 November 1977 4 January 1978 7
7 28 March 1978 2 May 1978 5
8 4 August 1978 8 September 1978 6
9 22 May 1979 31 July 1979 10
10 13 June 1980 19 September 1980 13
11 25 December 1980 25 March 1981 14
12 27 July 1981 7 September 1981 6

Christmas Specials[edit]

Date
26 December 1975
27 December 1976
24 December 1979

Out of 103 episodes from 12 series that were made during its 6-year run, 32 survived from the archives, which included Episode 4 of Series 8, Episodes 5 & 9 of Series 9, The 1979 Christmas Special, Episodes 1, 3-5, 7-8 & 10-13 of Series 10, Episodes 1-7, 9 & 11-14 of Series 11 and all 6 episodes of Series 12.[2]

Poparound[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 19 June 1985 24 July 1985 6
2 30 April 1986 4 June 1986 6

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