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Strike It Lucky Online Game Gameshow
Information and trivia about the Gameshow Strike It Lucky starring Michael Barrymore and a free Strike It Lucky Online Game:
Strike It Lucky was a British gameshow presented by the UK actor, comedian and presenter Michael Barrymore which ran from 1986 to 1999 on ITV. Each episode was 30 minutes long and was made popular thanks largely to the antics and presenting style of Michael Barrymore. He spent more time chatting and having a laugh with the contestants than playing the game.
Who Invented Strike It Lucky
Strike It Lucky was based on the American game show Strike It Rich. The US version only lasted one season whereas the UK version lasted over 13 years. The American version host of Strike It Rich was Joe Garagiola and he was helped by the model Theresa Ring. The announcer was Bob Hilton. There was also a different game show in the 1950s in America with the same name but was different to this programme.
United Kingdom laws at the time limited the amount of a cash prize that a contestant could win under the Independent Broadcasting Authority rules. So Strike It Rich had to be renamed to Strike It Lucky. It was also because the prizes were of a low value for the first series of Strike It Lucky so the term Rich would not have suited the game show name.
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As a point of trivia when the first Strike It Lucky Production Company, Thames, lost the licence to make the gameshow after the 1994 series to London Weekend Television (LWT) they still retained the copyright of the name Strike It Lucky. So when the gameshow was then produced by the television company Freemantle Media on behalf of LWT from 1996 to 1999 it was called Strike It Rich. By this time the UK rules of prize values had relaxed and the prizes to winning contestants were much higher and included luxury holidays.
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Strike It Lucky Prizes
In the first series of Strike It Lucky the prizes were low value and when film shots of the prizes were shown they were broadcast to the contestants and viewers in black and white! This added a certain charm to the programme and certainly added to the comedy.
By the second series in 1987 the Strike It Lucky Gameshow was the UK's fifth most watched TV programme.
How To Play Strike It Lucky
In both the gameshows Strike It Lucky and Strike It Rich the rules and game play format remained the same. There were three teams and each team had two contestants who were a couple, either married, engaged or boyfriend and girlfriend. The husband and wife or fiance, etc would answer questions and if the question was answered correctly the partner would get to move a certain number of spaces across the archway. Each point or space would be marked by a TV monitor and the contestants had to avoid a Hot Spot and hopefully get a right arrow.
There were on the spot game prizes such as cash and contestants had to move along 10 spaces to reach the winning place to the final. To win the instant spot prize the couple would have to bank their prize and pass control of the game to the next component (called steal the move) or they could loose the prize and keep answering questions and move across the board if they got the right answers.
The final monitor at the end of the archway on Strike It Lucky was always a question with a large prize such as a holiday. Contestants would have to answer the question right to win this and any unbanked prizes. The winning question on Strike It Lucky usually began with Who struck it lucky or rich with... or You would strike it lucky or rich if...
The hot spots were a key feature of Strike It Lucky and there were usually between 5 and 8 hot spots hidden in the monitor screens. Contestants would predict how many hot spots or less they would make it across the archway. They would be rewarded with more cash prizes if they managed to get to the end with fewer predicted hot spots.
Strike It Lucky Final
The winning couple would then take part in the Strike It Lucky Final. They would now play using all the monitors and could choose top, middle or bottom screens to avoid the hot spots and make their way across the board. They would hit the screen to reveal a symbol. An arrow would signify an opportunity to move whilst a question mark would signify having to answer a true or false question correctly. At the beginning of the Strike It Lucky final game the couple would predict how many hot spots or less they would hit. They won £10,000 if they got two or less, £7000 for three and £5000 for four. In the later series Strike It Rich they would get a 20th of their failed bid if they got too many hot spots.
Catchphrases of Strike It Lucky
As with any successful game show Strike It Lucky had many catchphrases said by the host Michael Barrymore. Some would be shouted to the audience and they also have catchphrase responses. These included:
Aw-wight (All the London accent for alright)
Aw-wight at the back?
What's a Hot Spot Not
Not a Good Spot
Top, middle or bottom?
Who Were The Voice Over Actors of Strike It Lucky
The voice over actor of Strike It Lucky was John Benson. When the programme was renamed to Strike It Rich the voice overs were performed by Robin Houston because John had sadly died.
John Benson was also the voice of the gameshows 3-2-1, What's My Line, Sale of the Century and Gambit. He was also an announcer for Anglian Television.
Robin Houston was the announcer on The Dame Edna Experience and the animation When The Wind Blows. He also played a TV Newsreader on Kavanagh QC and Holby City on BBC One.
Memorable Moments of Strike It Lucky
In 1997 one generous couple said that anything they won would be donated to Cancer Research Charity. They aimed to play for £10,000 so predicted just two hot spots. Unfortunately they reached this level within the first three screens. But host Michael Barrymore was a good sport and ignored the hot spots in the rest of the screen monitors and encouraged the couple to move across the board. Though they hit six hot spots Michael let them win the £10000 so that their chosen charity would benefit and win the cash.
The questions throughout Strike It Lucky were never hard and usually really easy, but some contestants still made blunders. One example of this was over the question The Princess and the ... Two contestants failed to answer correctly and gave the answers Turnip and Porker.
If you have a memorable moment from watching or appearing in Strike It Lucky then feel free to e-mail me using the contact details on the right.
Strike It Lucky Merchandise
Years later after it screened on terrestrial TV Strike It Lucky is still fondly remembered by many viewers and fans. It is regularly repeated on the satellite television channel Challenge TV. There are several items of Strike It Lucky merchandise that fans can buy:
Strike It Lucky DVD
A Strike It Lucky - Interactive DVD Game is available to buy and play at home. It was released on the 13 November 2006 by Freemantle Home Entertainment and Michael Barrymore provides the narrative in the game. There are over 2000 questions for players to answer as they try and avoid the hot spots. This is a great family fun game DVD which is easy to play using the remote control. The game format remains the same, even down to the theme tune of the original Strike It Lucky music. Multi players can take part and the Strike It Lucky Interactive DVD Game can also be played on the Play Station. We regularly play it on the PS2. Look out for the extras Easter Eggs when you leave a question on the screen for a couple of minutes without pressing any buttons on the remote control. This brings onto the screen some hilarious out takes from the original TV series.
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Strike It Lucky Quiz Book
In 1992 Thames TV published a Strike It Lucky Quiz Book. The editor of the Strike It Lucky quiz book was Cheryl Brown and the 96 pages contains questions and answers from the Strike It Lucky series. It is still available to buy second hand - Buy Now.
The ISBN numbers of the Strike It Lucky quiz book are ISBN-10: 1852837357 ISBN-13: 978-1852837358
Strike It Lucky Board Game
A Strike It Lucky board game was made in the 1990s but is no longer available to buy, other than second hand. I have been unable to trace any copies of the Strike It Lucky board game.
Strike It Lucky Theme Tune
The theme tune music to Strike It Lucky was distinctive and lively. I have been unable to trace the name of the Strike It Lucky theme tune. If you can help please use the contact details on the right. The themetune to the US version of Strike It Rich was composed by soundtrack composer Hal Smith Hidey.
Utter Trivia thanks Mike for sending this information: The Strike It Lucky Theme Tune is a piece of library music called Born to Run from Dewolfe muisc library and composed by Paul Westwood.
Watch Strike It Lucky
Visit the website You Tube, type in Strike It Lucky into their search box and you will be able to view clips of the Strike It Lucky game show.
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