1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 4 (UK)
45 x 15 minute episodes
This interactive game show ran for five series on BBC1 and set a different puzzle each series for the viewers to try and solve. The 15-minute episodes ran on consecutive school evenings and gave viewers the chance to write in with the solution and win a special prize.
Clues were dispensed to the viewers through a series of sketches and discussions featuring various characters.
The first series of five episodes was hosted by Donna Reeve and Andy Johnson who tasked viewers with identifying a square on a map to uncover hidden treasure.
Series two (1981) was presented by Tommy Boyd who had lost a mystery object and was retracing his steps to find it. Viewers had to identify what had been lost, and where it was.
Boyd returned in series three (1982) where Ordnance Survey map reading skills were needed to track down the exact location of the hidden treasure. The map used was based on locations on the east bank of the Severn in south Gloucestershire.
Series four (1983) presenters were Kirsty Miller and Howard Stableford and this time the viewers had to hunt down a criminal in Puzzletown who had stolen a set of secret plans. This time the map was a plan of Puzzletown’s High Street and viewers had three weeks to identify who had stolen the plans and what the plans were for.
Finally, former Monkees star Davy Jones and Eileen Fletcher took part in “The Riddle of Skully Island” for series five (1984).