Is Ant and Dec’s latest flop about to see Red or Black?
Cheeky Northern chaps Ant and Dec face uncertainty over the future of game show Red or Black, which proved to be a dismal performer in the ratings, for such a big-budget show, and failed to maintain viewer interest.
Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television – who has annoyed viewers a number of times in his short reign at the broadcaster after unnecessarily revamping – and ultimately axing – popular police drama The Bill, and more recently ditching magazine show GMTV in order to give a platform to Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley with daytime failure Daybreak – has said he has yet to decide upon the future of Red or Black which was devised partly by music mogul Simon Cowell.
Fronted by ITV luvvies Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly the show was hyped up to be the next ‘big ITV smash-hit’ following in the footsteps of other Simon Cowell extravaganzas such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
The series originally had a pilot episode made eight years ago, however then Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz ditched the idea as she felt viewers would fail to take an interest in a series that required no obvious skill.
The basic premise, very basic actually, of Red or Black was a game of chance – with contestants simply deciding upon which colour they wanted to choose to play the game. A subsequent challenge involving a celebrity would then, depending if the contestant had picked the correct colour, lead to a possible win of one million pounds.
A much more basic game which requires no skill has of course proved to be a success for Channel 4. Deal or No Deal, fronted by Noel Edmonds, has no knowledge probing questions or physical challenges to win up to £250,000 or as little as 1p. The game simply asks contestants to pick numbered boxes, with equally random amounts of money contained inside and if they survive to the end with a large sum still in play can take away ‘life changing sums.’ It proved to be an unexpected hit for Channel 4 and is now in its sixth year and is currently airing live specials.