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Blankety Blank (UK)

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Blankety Blank
Premiere January 18, 1979
Finale 2002
Creator Bill Mason (Australian edition)
Host Terry Wogan, Les Dawson, Lily Savage
Network BBC1, ITV-Thames
Style 30/40-minute game show
Company Reg Grundy Productions (1979-2001)
Thames Television (2001-02)
Seasons 18
Origin UK

Blankety Blank was the British version of Blankety Blank, which in turn was the Australian version of the U.S. Match Game which launched in 1962 on NBC and was revived in 1973 on CBS. Blankety Blank followed the premise of the CBS show.

Two contestants have two chances to predict how a panel of six celebrities filled in the blanks to comical questions. The contestant capturing the most celebrities wins the game and plays the Super-Match, which had the audience match values (as "blanks") at 150, 100 and 50. Matching a celebrity head-to-head doubled the "blanks" which led to prizes (which, by British TV standards at the time were low rent and ridiculed on the air).

The first edition of the series ran on BBC1 from 1979 to 1990. It was brought back in 1997 and ran two years. ITV-Thames picked it up in 2001 and aired it for one season.


Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Terry Wogan Host 1 2 3 4 5 6
Les Dawson Host 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Lily Savage Host 14 15 16 17 18


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