1 9 8 6 – 1 9 8 7 (UK)
12 x 25 minute episodes
This groan-inducing BBC show featured kids from stage schools competing in a giant snakes and ladders game, moving around the board by virtue of their performances which were arbitrarily judged by the audience on a ‘clapometer’ (a la Opportunity Knocks).
The precocious brats sang, tap-danced and played musical instruments under the watchful eye of host Vince Purity, played by Colin Bennett (who also devised and wrote the show).
Vince was assisted by his ‘Purettes’ – three girls known as April, May and June, and a boy called Alex (who Bennett jokingly referred to as “July”).