There have been a few changes to the show such as a new home over on the quiz and game show channel Challenge. Other changes include a few updates to the set, but that is all really. Simon Mayo is now the presenter, as the original presenter Bob Holness sadly died earlier this year. However, Mayo does a good job of chatting to the contestants and keeping the show running smoothly.
The point of Blockbusters is for contestants to answer trivia questions to make a path across a board of hexagons, quite a simple premise in comparison to game shows today. The prizes are equally refreshing as the reward for answering a question correctly is £5. Even the winner’s prize was quite normal, a portable DVD player. This could be seen as a result of the show having a small budget but I think the prize matches the skill.
It was also a perfect opening episode as one of the contestants asked for the hexagon with the letter P on. This led to the titterworthy sentence “I’ll have a P please”.
The only odd thing was the show is only half an hour-long and stripped across the week, so the show finished half way through a round so it felt a bit unfinished. I suppose it will work like Million Pound Drop as viewers will come back next time to see how the game ends.
Essentially Challenge have rekindled a love for simple quiz shows by repeating them endlessly and now have the power to bring them back properly once and for all.
You can watch the show every weekday on Challenge at 8pm, and if you can play Blockbusters yourself online here.