Challenge (TV channel)


Challenge (TV channel)
Challenge
Challenge.svg
Launched 1 September 1993 (1993-09-01)
Owned by British Sky Broadcasting
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.5%
0.1% (+1)
(August 2011, BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called The Family Channel
(1993-1997)

Challenge TV (1997-2002)
Challenge? (2002-2003)
Sister channel(s) Pick TV,
Sky1,
Sky2,
Sky Arts,
Sky Atlantic,
Sky Living,
Sky Livingit,
Sky Living Loves,
Sky Movies,
Sky Movies Box Office,
Sky News,
Sky Sports,
Sky Sports News
Timeshift service Challenge +1
Website Official Website
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview Channel 46
BT Vision Channel 46
Satellite
Sky Channel 125
Channel 164 (+1)
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 139
Channel 140 (+1)
WightCable Channel 42/115
Smallworld Cable Channel 129
IPTV
Freewire Channel 125

Challenge is a United Kingdom digital TV channel that mostly airs programmes dedicated to gameshows. It is owned by British Sky Broadcasting. The channel mostly transmits repeats of programmes acquired from UK terrestrial channel archives (e.g. BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5) and a few from around the world (e.g. NBC (USA), Nine Network (Australia), M-Net (South Africa)), with a few original productions commissioned by the channel itself.

Contents

History

The Family Channel UK

Family Channel logo.

The station was originally called The Family Channel. From its launch on 1 September 1993 to 31 January 1997, the channel aired a mixture of genre shows mainly including sitcoms, game shows, dramas and entertainment. The station come about when TVS was sold on 1 February 1993 to the American Company International Family Entertainment Inc. which included the ownership of MTM Enterprises. IFE subsequently launched a UK version of The Family Channel based in The Maidstone Studios and using some elements of the TVS programme archive. Flextech were a partner in the venture, taking a 39% stake in the business.[1]

The Family Channel did produce some UK original programming (see below), but heavily relied upon content from MTM Enterprises/TVS archive and imports from the USA. It was claimed that the channel produced more original series worldwide than any other cable or satellite network.

Family Challenge Weekend

Family Challenge Weekend logo.

In 1996, IFE sold its remaining 61% share to Flextech, giving them full ownership of the venture. On 1 February 1997, Flextech re-branded the channel to Challenge TV, focusing mainly on game shows. Between this interim period, the channel introduced a new strand called "Family Challenge Weekend".

During the week, The Family Channel continued to broadcast its wide range of programmes, but during the weekend, live in-vision presenters were introduced with chances to win prizes, with all of the programmes being quiz/gameshows. Unfortunately, the deal did not include any of the programme archive which included many TVS game shows, such as Catchphrase and All Clued Up, but the channel did continually broadcast these series until 2000.

Challenge TV

On 1 February 1997, The Family Channel was re-branded as Challenge TV and mainly focuses on gameshows taken from a variety of terrestrial and digital channel archives. Among the few non-gameshows, it has aired the short-lived U.S. drama Dr. Vegas in 2005, and also the 1995 crime drama film Casino.

The channel was originally a primetime block from 17:00 to 00:00 and shared its channel slot with The Children's Channel (which closed on 3 April 1998) and TV Travel Shop until 1999, which resulted in Challenge being able to broadcast 24 hours a day. From 1997 to 1998, between 00:30 and 06:00, the channel was branded as "Family Late" which continued to broadcast series from the old Family Channel schedule.

Presentation

When Challenge TV started, a strand called Prize Time was introduced. It was originally hosted by Andy Crane, Andrea Boardman and Pat Sharp. Carryl Varley and Kevin Duala joined later on in the year.

  • Prize Time (1997 - 1999): A slight revamp took place on 27 July 1998, which included the launch of Challenge Late (broadcasting from 21:00 to 00:30), which brought the introduction of general entertainment programmes with a quiz element instead of the traditional game show it had been known for prior.
  • The Games Room (1999 - 2000) included hosts: Kevin Duala, Sonya Saul, Carryl Varley and Lisa Rogers.
  • iPlay (2000 - 2002) hosts included: Carryl Varley and Toby Anstis.
  • On 20 May 2002, the channel was re-named again, becoming Challenge?, with all in-vision presenters being dropped, in favour of out-of-vision links, but viewers could still send in e-mails to announcers who would read them out and in addition to this, the closing credits of a programme were shown in full instead of cutting them out. The logo used in this era looked similar to a street sign. One of the idents used involved classic board games, card games, and arcade games like Asteroids and Space Invaders.
  • On 30 June 2003, the "?" part of the channel name was dropped and all live announcers were also dropped, in favour of pre-recorded out-of-vision continuity links. The animated idents used in 2003/4 included a man going through a long traffic jam in a big water ball by bouncing on top of the cars, and some women revolving a table to eat some cheesecake.
  • On 1 November 2004, the channel's presentation was revamped for the third time. The logo was a more simplified version of the 2002-2004 logo.
  • In September 2006, the presentation was changed for the fourth time. The logo and idents used in this era were more lively than its predecessor. The presentation was created by Liquid TV.
  • On 3 June 2008, the presentation was revamped for the fifth time. It was also the channel's first revamp to be broadcast in the widescreen format. The logo used in this era of the channel was a simplified version of the 2006-2008 logo. Idents used involved a yellow object (eg. a paper plane) exploding to transform into the channel's logo. The presentation used in this era were made by Mainframe Motion Shop.
  • On 13 September 2011, the channel went through a revamp for the sixth time. This is Challenge's first revamp since Sky took full control of the channel on 1 February 2011. Idents include a Rubik-style cube, a fruit machine, a tilting puzzle, and jumbled up letters. There are also idents themed upon the conveyor belt used in the classic game show, The Generation Game, and also the classic arcade game Pong. The company that produced the presentation for this current era of the channel is Cagney TV. [1]

Additional information

The channel also aired some poker game shows including World Poker Tour, Celebrity Blackjack and Casino Casino, this also launched a very short-lived spin-off channel in 2006, Player (which was replaced just several months later by Bravo 2), it mainly focused on the poker-related programming that Challenge had transmitted. Challenge only aired programmes in the letterbox format (4:3), but on 3 June 2008, it switched to the widescreen format (16:9) along with all other Living TV Group channels. This was coupled with a revamped logo and a new set of idents. The channel used to have interactive features for digital cable and satellite viewers watching certain shows, enabling them to play along at home, and it used to offer many games and competitions before the start of each programme, during commercial breaks and after the end of each programme.

BSkyB takeover

Challenge logo (2008-2011).

On 15 September 2010, it was announced that it will on an unconfirmed date close its sister channels Bravo, Bravo 2 and Channel One. Bravo, Bravo 2 and Challenge Jackpot closed on 1 January 2011 and Channel One closed a exactly a month later on 1 February 2011 and Channel One's Freeview space on the Freeview multiplex was used by Challenge to launch on the platform two days later. On 25 January 2011, it was confirmed that Total Nonstop Action Wrestling programming would start broadcasting on Challenge from 3 February 2011. It was also confirmed on the same day that the channel number for Freeview would be 46.[2][3][4][4]

Programming

Current programming made by Challenge

Name of show Originally aired When aired by Challenge
Auntie's Smalls
2008 - 2009
2008 - present
Bullseye
2006
2006 - present
Defectors
2001 - 2002
2001 - present
Fort Boyard
2003
2003 - present
House of Games
2004
2004 - present
It's Not What You Know
2008
2008 - present
Les Dennis' Home Video Heroes
2008
2008 - present
Roy Walker's Gameshow Moments
2009
2009 - present
Roy Walker's TV Bloomers
2009
2009 - present
Showbiz Darts
2006
2006 - present
Stake Out
2001
2001 - present
Take It or Leave It
2006 - 2008
2006 - present
The Pyramid Game
2007
2007 - present
TV Scrabble
2001 - 2003
2001 - present
UK's Strongest Man
2011 - present
2011 - present
Vegas Virgins
2005
2005 - present
World's Greatest Gambling Scams
2006
2006 - present

Former programming made by Challenge

Name of show Originally aired When aired by Challenge Notes
A Word in Your Ear
1995
1995 - 1998
Hosted by The Krypton Factor's Gordon Burns. Originally made for the BBC.
Absolute Cobblers
1999
1999 - 2002
Based on an Australian format.
Casino Casino
2003 - 2005
2003 - 2005
Presented by Bob Mercer (series 1) and Martin Kemp (series 2).
Celebrity Addicts
2003
2003 - 2006
A variation of the Telly Addicts format.
Celebrity Poker Club
2003 - 2005
2003 - 2005
A spin-off of Channel 4's Late Night Poker series.
Comedy of Errors
2002
2002 - 2003
Home video clip show presented by Richard Orford.
Don't Drink the Water
199?
199? - 1999
Comedy quiz show based around travel played by two teams of celebrities, hosted by Paul Coia.
Drunken Businessmen
2003
2003 - 2005
Another Japanese game show. Used as a filler. It was last shown on Challenge in 2005 as part of 'Japanese Day'.
Endurance UK
1997 - 1998
1997 - 2010
The UK version of the cult Japanese show, Za Gaman.
Extreme Endurance
2003
2003 - 2005
Short 15-minute segments of Za Gaman.
Family Catchphrase
1994
1994 - 2008
A spin-off from Catchphrase.
Fort Boyard Takes on the World
2004
2004 - 2008
A 10-part series featuring clips of the different versions of Fort Boyard from around the globe, it was presented by Tim Vine.
Game Central
2002
2002
A phone-in segment.
GameFace
2011
2011
Replaced by The Blurb.
Gameplay
199?
199?
A live phone-in segment.
Gameshow Gold
2006
2006 - 2009
Series featuring clips from classic gameshows.
Ginx Files
2011
2011
Also replaced by The Blurb.
Glory Ball
2005
2005
Another live phone-in segment
Incredible Edible Challenge
2003
2003
A filler programme in which Japanese chefs cook unusual things. It was also the last programme to air on defunct sister channel Ftn.
iPlay
2000 - 2002
2000 - 2002
Replacement for The Games Room.
Karaoke Challenge
1997
1997 - 2010
Karaoke-themed game show, presented by various hosts, including Ted Robbins.
Kenji's Video Letter Home
2003
2003 - 2004
Monkey Business
2003
2003 - 2004
A 10-minute filler.
Nortonland
2007
2007 - 2008
Clip show featuring games played on Graham Norton's Channel 4 show, V Graham Norton.
Poker Den
2005
2005
Presented by Jesse May with commentary by Grub Smith.
Prize Time
1997 - 1998
1997 - 1998
Replaced by The Games Room.
Reverse-a-Word
2004
2004
7-minute pilot, presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills.
Roll with It
1995
1995 - 1997
Music-themed quiz show, presented by Keith Chegwin.
Sale of the Century
1997 - 1998
1997 - 2003
Challenge's version of Anglia Television's classic gameshow, it was presented by Keith Chegwin.
Say the Word
1997
1997 - 2008
Hosted by one of Challenge's original continuity presenters, Andy Crane.
Second Guess
1993 - 1994
1993 - 1998
Family gameshow, presented by Andrew O'Connor.
Showbiz Blackjack
2006
2006
Presented by Matt Brown.
Showbiz Poker
2006
2006
Presented by Lisa Rogers.
Soap Addicts
2002 - 2003
2002 - 2006
Another variation of the Telly Addicts format.
Split Second
1997 - 1998
1997 - 1999
Hosted by Aonghus McAnally.
Sport Addicts
2002
2002 - 2004
Another variation of the Telly Addicts format.
Sushi TV
2003 - 2004
2003 - 2005
Series featuring clips from various Japanese gameshows,
presented by Julian Clary (series 1) and Craig Charles (series 2).
That's the Question
2007
2007
The UK version of the American gameshow, it was presented by Sarah Cawood.
The Blurb
2011
2011
Replaced both GameFace and Ginx Files, now only available through Ginx TV's website.
The Cooler
1998
1998 - 2003
Late-night gameshow presented by Donna Air and Iain Coyle.
The Games Room
1999 - 2000
1999 - 2000
A short-lived replacement for Prize Time.
Totally Top Trumps
2004
2004
Short-lived game show, loosely based on the famous card game, presented by Andy Goldstein,
only lasted 20 episodes.
Trivial Pursuit
1993 - 1994
1993 - 2008
Loosely based on the board game of the same name, it was presented by Tony Slattery.
Ultimate Guinness World Records
2004
2004 - 2009
Now airs on Kix!.
Winner Takes All
1997
1997 - 2002
Challenge's version of Yorkshire Television's gameshow, it was presented by Bobby Davro.

Current programming originally shown by other broadcasters

Name of show Original channel(s) Originally aired When aired by Challenge
3-2-1
ITV
1978 - 1988
1997 - present
8 Out of 10 Cats
Channel 4
2005 - present
2007 - present
Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?
Sky1
2007 - 2010
2011 - present
Auntie's Bloomers
BBC One
1991 - 2001
2009 - present
Back in the Day
Channel 4
2005
2009 - present
Blankety Blank
BBC One/ITV
1979 - 2002
2000 - present
Blockbusters
ITV
1983 - 1993
1997 - present
Bite Size Brainiac
Sky1
2011 - present
Bullseye
ITV
1981 - 1995
2003 - present
Catchphrase
ITV
1986 - 2002
1993 - present
Classic Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
ITV
1998 - present
2004 - present
Dale's Supermarket Sweep
ITV
1993 - 2007
2005 - present
Deal or No Deal
Channel 4
2005 - present
2011 - present
Don't Forget the Lyrics!
Sky1
2008 - 2009
2011 - present
Family Fortunes
ITV
1980 - 2002
1997 - present
Fun House
CITV
1989 - 1999
2009 - present
Gladiators (Original)
ITV
1992 - 2000
1999 - present
Gladiators (Revival)
Sky1
2008 - 2009
2011 - present
Gladiators G-Zone
Sky1
2011 - present
Golden Balls
ITV
2007 - 2009
2009 - present
Guinness World Records Smashed
Sky1
2009
2011 - present
Impact Wrestling
Spike TV (USA)
2005 - present
2011 - present
In It to Win It
BBC One
2002 - present
2009 - present
MXC
Spike TV (USA)
2003 - 2007
2005 - present
Ninja Warrior
TBS (Japan)
1997 - present
2007 - present
Oops TV
Sky1
2009 - 2010
2011 - present
Play Your Cards Right
ITV
1980 - 2003
2002 - present
Pointless
BBC Two/BBC One
2009 - present
2011 - present
Room 101
BBC Two/BBC One
1994 - present
2009 - present
Sell Me the Answer
Sky1
2009 - 2010
2011 - present
Shooting Stars
BBC Two/BBC Choice
1995 - 2011
2008 - present
Take Your Pick
ITV
1992 - 1998
2008 - present
Takeshi's Castle
TBS (Japan)
1986 - 1989
2002 - present
The Crystal Maze
Channel 4
1990 - 1995
1998 - present
The Krypton Factor
ITV
1977 - 2010
1999 - present
The Weakest Link (UK)
BBC One/BBC Two
2000 - 2012
2007 - present
TNA Xplosion
Syndication (USA)
2002 - present
2011 - present
Unbeatable Banzuke
TBS (Japan)
1995 - 2002
2008 - present
Virtual Racing
Sky Bet
2011 - present
2011 - present
Wheel of Fortune
ITV
1988 - 2001
2002 - present
Winning Lines
BBC One
1999 - 2004
2010 - present
Wipeout
BBC One
1994 - 2002
2008 - present
Women of Ninja Warrior
TBS (Japan)
2001 - 2009
2007 - present
World's Strongest Man
Bravo
2009 - 2010
2011 - present
You Bet!
ITV
1988 - 1997
2002 - present

Former programming originally shown by other broadcasters

Name of show Original channel(s) Originally aired When aired by Challenge Notes
1 vs. 100
BBC One
2006 - 2009
2008 - 2010
15 to 1
Channel 4
1988 - 2003
1998 - 2010
60 Minute Makeover
ITV
2004 - present
2009
The series that Challenge shown in 2009 now airs on Sky Livingit.
100%
Channel 5
1997 - 2001
1998 - 2005
All Clued Up
ITV
1988 - 1991
1993 - 2000
Ballbreakers
GSN (USA)
2005 - 2006
2007
Banzai
E4
2001 - 2004
2006 - 2009
Now airs on 4Music and Dave.
Bargain Hunters
HTV West
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2005
Battle Dome
Syndication (USA)
1999 - 2001
2002 - 2003
It also aired on Bravo.
Beadle's About
ITV
1986 - 1996
1999 - 2007
Better Gardens
ITV
2000
2004 - 2005
Better Homes
ITV
1999 - 2003
2004 - 2005
Big Break
BBC One
1991 - 2002
2006 - 2008
Blind Date
ITV
1985 - 2003
2006
Boot Sale Challenge
ITV
1998 - 2004
2003 - 2005
Brainstorm
BBC One
1988
Unknown
Bragging Rights
OLN (USA)
2003
2004
Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment
Channel 5
1997 - 2000
1998 - 2003
Britain's Worst Driver
Channel 5
2002 - 2003
2008 - 2009
Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver
Channel 5
2003 - 2005
2008 - 2009
Bruce's Price is Right
ITV
1995 - 2001
2002 - 2009
Busman's Holiday
ITV
1985 - 1993
1997 - 1999
Candid Camera
ITV
1960 - 1968
1999 - 2001
Can't Cook, Won't Cook
BBC One
1995 - 2000
2008 - 2010
Carnal Knowledge
ITV
1996 - 1997
1998 - 2003
Cash Cab
ITV
2005 - 2007
2007 - 2009
Now airs on Quest.
Celebrity Blackjack
GSN (USA)
2004 - 2005
2005 - 2006
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Bravo (USA)
2003 - 2006
2004 - 2005
Celebrity Ready Steady Cook
BBC One
1997 - 2003
2008 - 2010
Celebrity Squares
ITV
1993 - 1996
2000 - 2007
Chain Letters
ITV
1987 - 1997
2009 - 2011
Concentration
ITV
1988 - 1990
1997 - 1998
Crackerjack
Children's BBC
1955 - 1984
2002 - 2003
Creative Power Breaking
Broadcaster unknown
2004
2004
Criss Cross Quiz
ITV
1957 - 1967
2001 - 2003
Crosswits
ITV
1985 - 1998
1998 - 2001
Cruel Summer
Trouble
2001 - 2003
2009 - 2010
Distraction (UK)
Channel 4
2003 - 2004
2007 - 2010
Now airs on 4Music.
Distraction (US)
Comedy Central (USA)
2005 - 2006
2007 - 2011
DIY Dads
RTÉ (Ireland)
2004 - 2005
2004
Dog Eat Dog
BBC One
2001 - 2002
2004 - 2008
Don't Try This at Home!
ITV
1998 - 2001
2003 - 2008
Dream Holiday Homes
Channel 5
2003
2004
Dr. Vegas
CBS (USA)
2004
2005
Eggheads
BBC One/BBC Two
2003 - present
2007 - 2011
Extreme Dodgeball
GSN (USA)
2004 - 2005
2005 - 2010
Fear Factor (US)
NBC (USA)
2001 - present
2006 - 2009
Fear Factor (UK)
Sky1
2002 - 2004
2006 - 2009
Fear Factor (Australia)
Nine Network (Australia)
2002
Unknown
Fear Factor (South Africa)
M-Net (South Africa)
Unknown
Unknown
Now airs on The Africa Channel.
Fort Boyard
Channel 5
1998 - 2001
2002 - 2006
Friends Like These
BBC One
1999 - 2003
2005 - 2008
Gagsters
The WB (USA)
2002 - 2004
2009 - 2011
Gambit
ITV
1978 - 1985
Unknown
GamesMaster
Channel 4
1992 - 1998
2003 - 2004
Give Us a Clue
ITV
1984 - 1991
1997 - 2002
Gladiators 2000
Syndication (USA)
1994 - 1996
1999
Global E-Missions
ITV
2001
2002 - 2003
Going for Gold
BBC One
1987 - 1996
2002 - 2007
Going Straight
Broadcaster unknown
Unknown
2004 - 2007
Guinness World Records Primetime
FOX (USA)
1998 - 2001
2003 - 2004
Guinness World Records (UK)
ITV
1999 - 2000
2004 - 2006
Hot Property
Channel 5
1997 - 2003
1999 - 2005
Housebusters
Channel 5
1998 - 2005
2002 - 2003
Still airs on Channel 5.
House of Dreams
A&E (USA)
2004
2004
House Wars
Broadcaster unknown
2003
2004
How Do I Look?
Style Network (USA)
2004 - present
2004
Now airs on the UK version of Style Network.
I Dare You
UPN (USA)
2000
2004 - 2007
Ice Warriors
ITV
1998
2002 - 2004
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! (US)
ABC (USA)
2003
2003 - 2004
Interceptor
ITV
1989 - 1990
2001 - 2010
International King of Sports
Channel 5
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2006
It's a Gift
Broadcaster unknown
1999 - 2001
2002 - 2003
It's a Knockout
BBC One/Channel 5
1966 - 2001
1993 - 2006
It's Anybody's Guess
ITV
2000
2001 - 2002
Iron Chef
Fuji TV (Japan)
1993 - 1999
2003 - 2004
Kenny vs. Spenny
CBC/Showcase (Canada)
2003 - 2010
2004 - 2007
The show has also aired on FX.
King of the Castle
ITV
2001
2001 - 2002
Knightmare
Children's ITV
1987 - 1994
2002 - 2007
Larry Grayson’s Generation Game
BBC One
1978 - 1982
2005 - 2008
London's Hottest Properties
ITV
2004 - 2005
2004
One of the few lifestyle programmes that has aired on Challenge.
Love at First Sight
Sky1
1992
1997 - 1998
Make My Day
E4
2002 - 2003
2004
Mastermind
BBC Two
2003 - present
2007
Merv Griffin's Crosswords
Syndication (USA)
2007 - 2008
2008
Move on Up
Channel 5
1997
1997 - 2001
Murder in Small Town X
FOX (USA)
2001
2003 - 2004
Mystic Challenge
Living
2000
2001 - 2003
Name That Tune
ITV/Channel 5
1976 - 1998
1998 - 2003
New Faces
ITV
1973 - 1988
2002 - 2003
Night Fever
Channel 5
1997 - 2002
2003 - 2004
Oblivious
Spike TV (USA)
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2006
Opportunity Knocks
ITV
1956 - 1978
2002 - 2003
Outdoor Outtakes
OLN (USA)
2003
2004 - 2005
Aired on Challenge under the title "World's Craziest Outdoor Outtakes".
Paradise Hotel
FOX (USA)
2003
2004
An uncensored version of the show was also broadcast.
Password
BBC One
1975 - 1976
199?
Perfect Match
Channel 4
2001 - 2002
2006
Playing Tricks
Trouble
2004
2004
It was also shown on Ftn.
Postcode Challenge
STV
2007 - present
2009 - 2011
Property Rescue
Broadcaster unknown
Unknown
2004
Later aired on Real Estate TV.
Raspberry Tart
HTV West
2000 - 2001
2001 - 2002
Aired on Challenge TV in late 2001/early 2002 and broadcast at 15:00.
Red Handed
ITV
1998
2004
One of the shows that aired as part of Challenge's 'Caught on Camera' strand in 2004.
Robot Wars
BBC Two
1998 - 2003
2007 - 2008
Robotica
TLC (USA)
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
RollerJam
Spike (USA)
1999 - 2001
2006 - 2008
Round the Houses
ITV
1998 - 2000
2002 - 2005
Sale of the Century
ITV
1972 - 1983
2002 - 2006
Sky Poker School
Sky Poker
2011
2011
Still airs on Sky Poker.
Simply Irresistible
Broadcaster unknown
1995
1997 - 1999
Small Talk
BBC One
1994 - 1996
2008 - 2010
So You Think You Can Dance?
FOX (USA)
2005 - present
2006 - 2007
Spellbound
Sky1
1994
1997 - 1998
Stars in Their Eyes
ITV
1990 - 2006
1999 - 2008
Sticky Moments
Channel 4
1989 - 1990
1998
Aired on Challenge under the title "Sticky Moments On Tour".
Strike It Lucky
ITV
1986 - 1994
1998 - 2001
Strike It Rich
ITV
1996 - 1999
2001 - 2011
Studs
Syndication (USA)
1991 - 1993
1999 - 2000
It also aired on Sky1.
Surprise Chefs
ITV
1994 - 2001
2001 - 2002
Survivor
CBS (USA)
2000 - present
2003 - 2004
SWAG
Channel 5
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2006
Take a Letter
Living
1997
1999 - 2003
Teen Win, Lose or Draw
ITV
1993
1996 - 1997
Telly Addicts
BBC One
1985 - 1998
2000 - 2003
The $64,000 Question
ITV
1990 - 1993
1997 - 1998
The Adventure Game
BBC Two
1980 - 1986
2002 - 2004
The All New Mr. and Mrs. Show
Living
1995 - 1996
1999 - 2001
The Amazing Race
CBS (USA)
2001 - present
2007 - 2010
The Biggest Loser UK
Living
2005 - 2006
2009
The Casino
FOX (USA)
2004
2004
The Desert Forges
Channel 5
2001
2002 - 2006
The Golden Shot
ITV
1967 - 1974
2002 - 2006
The Heat is On
Carlton Food Network
Unknown
2003
The Last Resort
ABC Family (USA)
2002 - 2003
2003 - 2004
The Mole (US)
ABC (USA)
2001 - 2008
2003 - 2004
The Moment of Truth
ITV
1998 - 2001
2003 - 2009
The Other Half
BBC One
1997 - 2001
2002 - 2003
The People Versus
ITV
2000 - 2002
2007 - 2010
The Price is Right
ITV
2006 - 2007
2009 - 2011
The Pyramid Game
ITV
1981 - 1990
1993 - 1998
The Weakest Link (US)
NBC (USA)
2001 - 2002
2005
Through the Keyhole
ITV/Sky1/BBC One
1987 - 2008
1993 - 2009
Treasure Hunt
Channel 4
1982 - 1989
1993 - 2003
TV Bloopers
ABC (USA)
1998 - 2004
2004 - 2005
Aired on Challenge under the title "Celebrity TV Bloopers".
Under Offer
ITV
1998 - 2001
2001 - 2004
Under Pressure
Channel 5
2001
2001 - 2002
We Are the Champions!
BBC One
1973 - 1995
2002 - 2003
What's My Line?
ITV
1994 - 1996
2002 - 2003
Whittle
Channel 5
1997 - 1998
1998 - 2003
Who Dares Wins
Seven Network (Australia)
1996 - 1998
2003 - 2004
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
ABC (USA)
1998 - 2007
2005
Now airs on 5USA.
Win, Lose or Draw
ITV
1990 - 1998
2007 - 2008
Win My Wage
Channel 4
2007
2009 - 2011
Winner Takes All
ITV
1975 - 1988
2002 - 2004
Without Prejudice?
Channel 4
2003 - 2004
2003 - 2005
Your Face or Mine?
E4
2002 - 2003
2008 - 2011
Now airs on 4Music.

Upcoming content

  • UK's Strongest Man 2011 - starts 21 November at 10pm[5]
  • The World Strongman Masters 2011 - starts 19 December at 11pm[6]
  • Blockbusters - New series, coming in 2012[7]

List of presenters and continuity announcers

Here is a list of the people who have presented or announced the programmes on Challenge over the years:

Presenters

  • Andy Crane (1996-1998) - First appeared in the Family Challenge Weekend strand in 1996, and went on to present Prize Time in 1997. He also presented Say the Word that same year.
  • Andrea Boardman (1997-1998) - The channel's first female presenter.
  • Carryl Varley (1997-2002) - Launched Challenge Late in 1998, and went on to present The Games Room in 1999 and the iPlay strand in 2000. She also presented Game Central in 2002.
  • Colin Murnane (1998-2001)
  • Kevin Duala (1997-2001) - Presented both Prize Time and The Games Room.
  • Lisa Rogers (1999-2001) - Presented The Games Room.
  • Pat Sharp (1997-199?)
  • Sonya Saul (1999-2000) - Also presented The Games Room.
  • Toby Anstis (2000-2001) - Presented iPlay.
  • Question Mark (1997-199?) - Presented Prize Time. He also took part in the channel's first original production, Karaoke Challenge.

Continuity announcers

  • Mark Ryes (2004-2011)
  • Trish Bertram (1999-2000)

List of themed strands on Challenge

Here is a list of the strands that Challenge has used over the years:

  • Best of British (2007/8)
  • Brain Buzz (2004)
  • Breakfast Action (2007)
  • Caught on Camera (2004)
  • Cult Selection (2002/3)
  • Fully Loaded (2007)
  • Gameshow Gods (2004/6)
  • Japanese Christmas Cracker (2003)
  • Japanorama (2004)
  • Morning Mayhem (2009)
  • Old School Saturdays (2005)
  • Quiz Frenzy (2006)
  • Sushi Sundays (2005)
  • Teatime Takedown (2005)
  • Threesomes (2006/7)

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