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An analysis of the popularity of a television gameshow.

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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.

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