Spellbound (game show)
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|Created by||Stephen Leahy|
|Presented by||Paul Coia|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||140|
|Running time||30mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Action Time|
|Original channel||Sky One|
|Original release||3 October 1994– 31 August 1996|
Spellbound was created for Sky One who wanted to actively involve the readers of their Sky Magazine. The magazine included game cards, which viewers could play along with during the TV show. The main part of the show (with studio contestants) was pre-recorded. The Viewer involvement sections were transmitted live as inserts (giving the impression that the whole show was live) The series was one of the first ever UK Live Interactive game shows.
The show had three round of letter games before it was time for Spellbound challenge.
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For the first two series, the show was broadcast every night at 6.30pm replacing Blockbusters.
During the last two series, the programme was moved to 6.55pm slot. Because of Sky 1's revamp the early evening schedule in January 1997 as part the wider revamp of Sky 1 to bring the output of theme nights. There was no room for Spellbound so Sky axed it.
The series ended in 1996 when Sky One revamped its Autumn line up at the same time as the launch of Sky 2 channel, the show was due to return in 1997 but Sky One revamped the early evening line up so the show was cancelled.