The Almost Impossible Gameshow

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The Almost Impossible Gameshow
GenreGame show
Narrated byThe Rubberbandits
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Initial
DistributorEndemol Shine UK
Release
Original networkITV2
Picture format16:9
Original release1 October 2015 (2015-10-01) –
present

The Almost Impossible Gameshow is an adventure game show narrated by The Rubberbandits. It has aired since 1 October 2015 on ITV2 and was created and produced by the Endemol Shine UK label Initial.

Background[edit]

The Almost Impossible Game Show first aired on 1 October 2015 on ITV2, and was commissioned for two series of six episodes.[1] The show was first piloted to Comedy Central in August 2013 but never aired. After that two series were sold to ITV2 and the format has since been offered through the EndemolShine Group.

Gameplay[edit]

Each contestant starts the contest with 50 lives, and takes on a series of games. These games are designed to be extremely difficult, hence the show's name. For each attempt that ends in failure, the contestant loses one life and must reattempt the game. The contestant can only move on to another game after one successful attempt, or after failing the game outright by making 15 failed attempts. If the contestant can successfully complete five games before running out of lives, they win a trophy; any contestant who runs out of lives is out of the game.

Games[edit]

Games are sorted into seven zones: Tunnel, Paddock, Hill, Runway, Mud Pit, Hangar, Moat and Pool.

Zone Name Description
Tunnel Groin Croissant Contestant given ten seconds to shake off several croissants that are stuck on various bits of their suit including on their crotch with Velcro.[2]
Word Lick Contestant must lick their way around a glass sheet containing a six-letter word whilst blindfolded and then identify the word.[2]
Bum Magnet Contestant uses a magnet in the bottom area of their suit to guide a metal disc around a vertical maze; a life is lost if the disc falls before the end.[3]
Paddock Dizzy Hurdles In 20 seconds, jump 2 hurdles while blindfolded and having been spun around for 10 seconds.[2]
Blind Bender Contestant has 10 seconds to limbo under a pole whilst blindfolded.[4]
Eggy Hammer Using a hammer attached to their helmet, contestants must smash five eggs, lined up at different heights, within five seconds. The egg only need be cracked.[4]
Hill Slippy Hill Contestant must slide down a slippery hill barefoot without falling over.[2]
Runway Enter Trouser Contestant has 25 seconds to reach and put on a pair of trousers that are hanging in the air while running on a treadmill, without falling over. Specialist Treadmill supplied by UK based Canning Conveyor Co Ltd.[2]
Bouncy Sprint Contestants have 15 seconds to bounce across a treadmill on a spacehopper.[4]
Yum Yum Run Contestant must run along the treadmill and leap up to take a bite from a doughnut (or similar confection) hanging above the track.[3]
Mud Pit Tiny Bike Contestant must cycle across a narrow platform on a small bike without falling off, putting his/her feet down or unseating from the saddle.[2]
Hangar Punch Your Own Face A fondant fancy is dropped from height, contestants must punch their face and squash the fancy at the same time.[2]
Hat Pop Contestant, blindfolded and wearing a sombrero with a balloon on it, jumping around to bounce against the pin hanging from the ceiling and pop the balloon.[4]
Cream Fling Contestant throws a cream cake into his/her mouth, with a ceramic bar across their wrists to limit the height of the throw.[4]
Teabag Thrust Contestant hangs a teabag between his/her legs and tries to catch it in a cup attached to their crotch.[4]
Pool Belly Flop Contestant has to belly flop on to a ball which is being spat out of a vent.[2]
Tiny Boat Contestant must travel from one end of the pool to the other in 30 seconds using a small boat and a stirring spoon as an oar without falling out of the boat.[4]
Wet Slippy Discs Contestants have to run across the length of the pool over a pathway of floating discs.[3]
Moat Rope Swing Contestants have to hang onto a Rope and make it to the platform.
Hill Climb Contestants must climb a Slippery Hill while Barefoot.

Critical reception[edit]

Weaver's Week likened what they saw of it to a "cruder" Total Wipeout, mourning the lack of a character in the judges as "anonymous monitors blowing a whistle. We may have to withdraw our critique of Uriah Rennie on Freeze Out: the "Ice Judge"'s studied lack-of-character was, itself, a character". They also noted that the show had "spent no money on its set dressing, just enough crash pads and mud and water to make it safe for the players. Nor has the programme spent much money on its challenges. They feel like the sort of thing an ambitious village carnival might do". They didn't finish the review; it initially halted after Weaver mistakenly perceived the commentators to be using "blatant sexism", although after being contacted by The Rubberbandits, they amended the story to say that they had misheard and misinterpreted what had been said.[5]

International Versions[edit]

  • An American version was produced in the United States under the same name, but only aired 2 episodes on MTV. The Rubberbandits also narrated this version.[6] In this version, contestants were only given 40 lives, failed a challenge outright after 10 failed attempts, and only needed to complete four challenges to win. In addition to the trophy, winning contestants received a cash prize of $500.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Almost Impossible Game Show". British Comedy Guide.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Almost Impossible Gameshow". ITV2. 1 October 2015. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "The Almost Impossible Game Show". ITV2. 22 October 2015. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "The Almost Impossible Game Show". ITV2. 8 October 2015. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  5. ^ "Weaver's Week 11 October 2015". UKGameshows.com.
  6. ^ VIDEO: First Look – New MTV Series "The Almost Impossible Game Show"