Originally an RTÉ format called Division presented by Anne Doyle this format has been adapted by multi award winning independent production company Cwmni Da based in Caernarfon, North Wales and it sees 16 contestants (The original RTÉ had 32) and two sheds (one red and blue) teams are divided into the two sheds and given a subject, then each shed nominates the most suited contestant to go head to head and keep their team in the game (the losing shed is automatically disqualified until the next episode) after the second round the then winner then gets to pick one of their remaining 3 team mates to go head to head again and try and win the £2,000 prize and a place in the grand final (with a £10,000 prize) 8 episodes were filmed, I was in 7 of them, it was quite an experience and a lot of fun!
This round was about BBC Radio Cymru...
|This round was about Rugby... that's the one with a stick, right?|
All I could do was cross my fingers and hope such questions would not crop up! BUT I am a geek after all, and proud of it! I have millions of obscure facts in my head, and there had to be a reason why I’ve been told so many times that I should be on a game show... I can tell you when the first Little Chef opened and I know the name of Supergirl’s cat! I had to hope they would ask something about Daleks, Tiki culture or the works of Vincent Price... they didn’t. In fact on numerous occasions those dreaded before mentioned questions cropped up and I had no clue, and watching back over the episodes that have aired I laugh as I can see from my eyes that I have no idea what everyone’s talking about! (see photos) A glazed over look, grateful that it isn’t me out there answering on our behalf! Trying to make up for my lack of knowledge with 'team spirit' and 'encouragement' it’s an interesting format for that very reason though, as a contestant can potentially get through to the final round by not answering a single question and scooping the prize money by being fortunate in knowing just a little more than their opponent! I got close mind, but I was not picked for the final round on the grounds of being an intellectual ‘threat’ (a compliment I gladly accepted!) But anyway, there I was in the blue shed during the first round of episode 5 when ‘Computer Games’ was subject of that round...
Most of my team mates instantly waved it away,
saying they knew nothing about games, “I know a little” I said... “BUT, I don’t
play modern games or consoles....” Atari through to Play Station in the mid 1990’s
was the limit of my knowledge- I wasn’t sure if I was really the right one to
go out but it was decided that I was the
closest to an ‘expert’ we had! Having again
established that I am more of a retro gamer and knew nothing of new games my
first question was, what is the name of the outlaw gang in Red Dead Redemption
2? ...GULP! Being a game that came out the previous month I had to make a guess
and I was wrong.... GAME OVER! I felt awful letting the entire team down like
that and had I just had one question right, at least proving I knew something
about this topic would have been something, but no, it was not to be. Then came
"Oh, I hope they don’t ask me a question on modern video games..."
“Which of these characters were NOT in the Suicide Squad?”
“Which one of these Batman movies did Christopher Nolan NOT direct?”
“Which city was Robocop set?”
|Huw had to decided who he was going to go up against Meinir, Nia or me...|
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