3-2-1 ranks among the all-time great gameshows, packing in everything from a bizarre mascot and cheesy gags to a smooth-talking host with a winning trademark. Many have attempted host Ted Rogers’ three-finger shuffle salute over the years, but none have come close to the man’s digit dexterity.
This was a garish, prime-time Saturday night gameshow in which three pairs of couples battled it out for the star prize of a car. Contestants would answer questions, most usually presented in various cryptic sketches with each episode of the show set around a particular theme. Losers walked away with the booby prize, a metal dustbin, which represented show mascot Dusty Bin (who became the real star of the series). Dusty was a dustbin embellished with a cheeky face, a massive red nose and mounted on huge, clumpy white shoes. It was the first and only time a bin has made it big in TV.
The idea was borrowed from Spanish game show Un, Dos, Tres and ITV wanted something to challenge the BBC’s The Generation Game which was riding high at the time. 3-2-1 was initially a big hit becoming Britain’s most popular TV programme during its first year, 1978, drawing in a huge 16.5m viewers. But the Generation Game overall won the war – one show lured in 23.9m viewers.
Host was Ted Rogers with lots of well known faces popping up in the sketches most notably the likes of Duggie Brown, Chris Emmett, Debbie Arnold, Caroline Munro and Chris Emmett.
Wise-cracking joker Ted Rogers first made his name as a stand-up comedian, but it was his 3-2-1 fame that made him a national celebrity, putting him on a par with light entertainment favourites Bruce Forsyth and Des O’ Connor.
Ted was once much in demand – he did cabaret and panto shows, after-dinner speaking and successfully toured the US as a stand-up. But when the recession hit in the late ’80s most of his work dried up.
Like thousands of others during the recession, Ted was hit hard. Trappings of wealth including a luxury home, a Mercedes car and four polo ponies slipped through his agile fingers. They were repossessed.
But the resilient family man, who rose through the ranks supporting many great legends such as Bing Crosby and Perry Como, refused to throw in the towel. Instead embarking on stage tours and even a series of ads for McDonald’s. His big passion though was Danny Kaye and he mounted a successful tribute show to the star called Danny and Me.
And what of Dusty Bin? He eventually found love with a pedal bin, and the smitten couple set up home outside a bungalow in Eastbourne.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 180x60m-e / Broadcast 29 July 1978 – 24 December 1988
Producers: Derek Burrell-Davies, Mike Goddard, Ian Bolt, Graham Wetherall, Terry Heneberry
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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