1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 5 (UK)
100 x 30 minute episodes
“Watching us, watching you”
At the bidding of four permanently smiling hosts sat on high stools, contestants performed asinine stunts in the studio, which were interspersed with pre-filmed hidden camera pranks – usually embarrassing, always graceless.
Throughout, the audience collectively brayed like a donkey at this taste-challenged derivative of Candid Camera.
The original four presenters were Henry Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Sarah Kennedy and Jeremy Beadle (pictured).
The bearded Beadle made something of a speciality of Candid Camera-type shows, following Game For A Laugh with Beadle’s About (1986 – 1990), People Do The Funniest Things (1986 – 1987) and Beadle’s Box Of Tricks (1989). He also hosted You’ve Been Framed (1990), a showcase of allegedly amusing home video howlers.
On 25 January 2008, it was reported that Jeremy Beadle had been admitted to the London Hospital and was subsequently placed in a critical care unit due to severe pneumonia. He died on 30 January 2008, at the age of 59.