• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An analysis of the popularity of a television gameshow.

Extracts from this document...


An analysis of the popularity of a television game show The game shows are a very popular genre of TV, millions of viewers tuning in every day. Some are developed for laughs, while others are played for prizes or large sums of money. Public familiarity, their 'easy watching' factor, strikingly high stakes and built up interest in the shows leads to high viewing numbers. What makes them different from other shows is the way that it allows the viewer to take part to a certain extent and in many game shows they can test their own knowledge, rather than just sit and watch. The game show that I will be concentrating on is 'The weakest Link', the quick-fire general knowledge quiz. This show has taken the world by storm 5 days a week and is known best for its fast-witted and 'rude' host Anne Robinson. I am going to write about why this show appeals to the television viewers, and how the show creates tension and excitement. Firstly, rather than being an immediate attention grabber the program title sequence has a meaning. ...read more.


The Studio set gives the show a claustrophobic atmosphere. The 6 contestants are placed round Anne in a semi-circle, each in front of a small voting booth. The audience are placed round them in a circle. The semi-circle shape of the contestants is very important as it allows Anne to turn quickly toward each one and fire questions which keeps the show fast paced and keeps the viewer 'on the edge of their seat'. There is a good use of light as well, they are dark blue which makes the atmosphere more scary and unpredictable. The audience are sat around and do not do anything of real importance except for laughing at Anne's comments. The tasks set and prizes are a very successful part of this show. The six contestants battle each other, the clock & the host- Anne in a triva contest to see who is the "Strongest Link." The contestants play as a team in four rounds of rapid-fire questions. Every time they get a question right more money Is added to the pot. ...read more.


Another way of creating excitement in the audience is how the rounds get shorter as people get eliminated which puts pressure on the contestants to bank and work better as a team. When there are only 2 contestants left they battle it out in a head-to head best of three question round until one person wins. The other 'leaves with nothing'. There is use of music in the title screen and at the end of the show. There are many short, loud and sharp sound effects at the start and end of each round, which facilitate tension and emphasise certain points in the show. The main body of the round generally has soft pulse music which is hard to hear as the audience are more concentrated on the quick-fire questions. In conclusion, I think that BBC's unique quiz show with Anne's negative comments make for entertaining and alternative viewing. This show is a lot less about winning loads of money like WWTBAM and being the best but more about staying on, and not getting voted off. Tactical voting, and the general quick-fire structure of the show make compelling daytime TV. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. The Truman Show Beth Parry

    It seems he is only saying those things to try to keep Truman in Seahaven, so this gives us a different impression of Christof. I think that he is passionate about his work, and that's why he was talking

  2. Spooks Analysis

    Once it is inside the house, we hear a beat beginning. This could represent a heartbeat, which once again would suggest danger. The house is very cluttered which makes it look smaller, and would possibly suggest that the Mother is a single Mother, which is once again more commonly associated with the working class.

  1. The Truman Show

    They are hidden for example in the bathroom cabinet - when we see him grooming himself every morning, in his mum's necklace - she moves it to show us what Truman's up to on several occasions, in the cars dashboard - we see Truman every morning driving to work, in

  2. How is suspense created in the moving image sequence from 'The Untouchables'?

    The same continuous shot shows Ness and Stone go down one section of the stairs, where Stone reports to Ness that he will 'take the south entrance'. At this point, Stone carries on down the stairs to the bottom, while Ness turns to the left and takes his position on the balcony.

  1. Marketing Article Analysis

    The inferred message from Mark's statement is that with growth there will be additional profits and this is not always necessarily true. Growth does not always result in profits. Also, if there is no focus on whether a new venture is profitable or no examination of how the new avenues

  2. How Do You Account For The Popularity Of The Crime/Cop Genre With Television Audience's?

    Moreover unlike western it is a genre that has been easily adapted by many countries world wide and has been successful. The two genres have both in television and films, have several parallels. The genre itself has had many prime classics including 'Columbo', 'Poirot' and 'A Touch of Frost'.

  1. 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' and 'The Weakest Link' have boosted the popularity ...

    'Bulls-eye' never did become unpopular but the audience got bored of seeing the same thing over and over again every week. Also the prizes on the show could never really compete with the much bigger and better prizes such as cars and holidays on rival shows.

  2. Social, cultural and historical events have played a major role in television advertising and ...

    Around all technologies there is generally some battle going on for power, and in the everyday life of the media, there is a dominant class which was the government in the case of the BBC. They used the radio to extend their power over the audience.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work