Spellbound (game show)

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Created by Stephen Leahy
Presented by Paul Coia
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 140
Running time 30mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Action Time
Original channel Sky One
Picture format 4:3
Original release 3 October 1994 (1994-10-03) – 31 August 1996 (1996-08-31)

Spellbound is a UK a general knowledge game show hosted by Paul Coia on Sky One, during the 1990s.


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.


Series Start date End date Episodes
3 October 1994
25 November 1994
24 April 1995
30 June 1995
1 July 1996
30 August 1996

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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.

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