Vidiot

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Vidiot
Genre Game Show
Directed by Colin Bromley
Jane Pepper
Presented by Eden Gaha (1992-1993)
Scott MacRae (1994-1995)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes unknown
Production
Executive producer(s) Claire Henderson
Mark Barnard
Producer(s) Wendy Gray
Eileen Tuohy
Location(s) Australia
Running time 24 minutes
Release
Original network ABC TV
Picture format 4:3 PAL
Audio format Stereo
Original release 8 June 1992 – 20 July 1995

Vidiot was a children's/teenage television game show broadcast from 1992 to 1995 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It was hosted by Eden Gaha for the first two series, then Scott McRae for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

The game format was mostly a simple verbal question-and-answer, with slight variations such as timed rounds, visual aids, and audio aids. Questions were themed on popular teen culture, including chart music and recent films.

For each Monday to Thursday broadcast three new teenage contestants battled to win a place for the Friday broadcast. A live audience, often consisting of fellow students from the contestants' schools, was present (although no schools were specified).

Vidiot was recorded in ABC's Sydney studios. On the east coast of Australia it was broadcast at 5:30pm on weeknights.

"Vidiot" is also the term used by Ken Nordine in a sketch titled "The Vidiot", on his 1957 album Word Jazz. The sketch is about a patient in a therapist's office, who describes his addiction to TV, and says he has become a vidiot.

"Vidiot" is also used to describe people who spend hours on computers and continuously watch TV.

A "Vidiot" is also a term used by AV technicians to describe those who dabble in the black art of video, it is generally accepted as a term of endearment, however it is founded in truth as they rarely have any concept of what they are doing and little understanding of how they fixed the problem. Notable Vidiots include Stuart Allen (see Thornhill Cardiff)

It was also the name of a 1980s video game magazine that ended in the North American Video Game Crash of 1983.