Big L 266 I am guilty---I watch it. Sad. Still puzzles me how the contestant of the day manages to get family there. It was explained once, but have forgotten. I assume the audience are related to all contestants.
Someone we know was a competitor a couple of years ago. He and his wife were down in Bristol for two weeks, three or four episodes per day were recorded. Free travel, full board accomodation, free bar etc etc. Didn't win a big amount but as he said, it paid for a holiday and they had a marvellous two weeks.
They had to promise not to reveal anything about his episode, it was actually broadcast months later.
It was the only episode I bothered watching although missus enjoys it every day.
I like the concept, I hate the product. For me it's a 22 minute show max (standard commercial half hour segment) stretched into an eternity. “Mary has never let me down” followed by the £250,000 box, “I’m so sorry”, “Don’t worry Mary, it wasn’t your fault”. Of course it wasn’t Mary’s fault!
My version would be over in 10 minutes, “pick a box...right, pick another box…never mind having a hug…pick another blooming box!!...you’ve won £500 well done….NEXT!!!”
The fact that Noel Edmonds, a man who I find inherently irritating, continues to enthral millions at home with all the “Susan came in here with a destiny” and the periodic fancy dress ‘theme weeks’ amply demonstrates why his car is worth more than my house.